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Isle of Colonsay Scottish Island Holiday, Southern Hebrides, Scotland

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, sleeps 13

Highfield has wonderful panoramic views to the Atlantic Ocean and a garden of a third of an acre to enjoy.There are 5/6 bedrooms accommodating 2 to13 people as well as a modern fitted kitchen and two living rooms.

Colonsay was recently named in the top 10 “Under-The-Radar Islands of The World” It has glorious golden beaches (Kiloran Bay has been voted 2nd Best Beach in the UK) It is also home to golden eagles, wild goats, colonies of seals and a huge range of flora and fauna. Amenities include a hotel, pub, café, bookshop and a local village shop. Many possible activities include walking, beachcombing, drinks at the pub, kayaking, fishing, golf, cycling, eating out at the hotel or café, fast boat trips and of course most importantly relaxing away from it all.

Most people reach Colonsay by a wonderful 2.5 hour ferry journey from the town of Oban on the mainland of Scotland. The dramatic sea route takes you past many islands including Mull, Seil and Jura and once on the ferry your holiday really starts as you leave the mainland behind. The island can also be reached from a second ferry port called Kennacraig and by air and fast boat from near Oban. Bear in mind that unless you are prepared to cycle everywhere it is essential to bring a car with you, as although the total road mileage is quite small there is no regular public transport available on Colonsay.

To maximise the panoramic views to the Atlantic Ocean, Highfield is an 'upside-down' house. The master bedroom with en suite bathroom, living room and large fitted kitchen are all upstairs which means the spectacular views out to sea and over the island can be enjoyed from these rooms and from two balconies attached to the living room and kitchen. Being an upside down house, one couple can comfortably rent the upstairs accommodation as a 'studio' type home (at a discount outside of the summer high season) or if there are more in the group then we can open up the additional bedrooms needed downstairs and price according to the number of guests.

Downstairs there are a further 4 bedrooms plus an additional living room which is perfect for kids to relax in and play games. In total the house has three double bedrooms, one twin bedroom, and one bedroom with a single plus a bunk bed and there is also a sofa bed in the downstairs living room. There are a total of five bathrooms plus a porch and a utility room with washing machine.

The two living rooms seat 14 people between them. 10 upstairs and 4 downstairs. There is a washing machine and an additional fridge/freezer in the utility room and the kitchen has a double oven with 6 electric rings.

The garden extends to one third of an acre and looks over the community of Kilchattan to the Atlantic where you can watch the sun set over the Ocean. The garden is mainly grassed with guests children in mind and the next door neighbours are a field of Hebridean sheep! There is plenty of room for several cars to park and further views are over the crofts and hills that make up Kilchattan.

More Details

Nick Anderson
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
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Calendar last updated:
4 July, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Upper Kilchattan in Argyll and Bute

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , (En suite master)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • There are 5 bathrooms of which three are en suite
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , master bedroom with en suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 3 Single Bed , (Bunk bed and a single)
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , (two single beds)
  • In total the house has three double bedrooms, one twin bedroom, and one bedroom which has a single plus a bunk bed and there is also a sofa bed in the downstairs living room
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Veranda
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • swimming


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Isle of Colonsay Scottish Island Holiday, Southern Hebrides, Scotland
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews

Americans love Colonsay

  • 5 of 5

Highfield House was exactly what we needed from our long trip from America, and exhausting road trip in Scotland. What a delight it was when we arrived on the Isle Colonsay, and drove up to this lovely house. It was cozy, tidy, and spacious. If you need a place where you need peace and quiet this is the place. We were all just amazed with the beauty of the home, and of course, the beauty that surrounded the home. We will definitely be staying in this exact home again when we come back to Colonsay. This home (and surrounding activities) was the highlight of our two week holiday in Scotland.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

WOW! What an absolutely fabulous week we've all had at Highfield!

Fantastic house in a stunning location with the most breathtaking 360 degree views of the Island and the Atlantic Ocean.....loved watching the sunset from the living room balcony with a glass of the local Wild Island went down a treat!!

The facilities are just super...the owners have thought about everything we needed to make our stay a great one. There's also plenty of room for the children to play and for us adults to chill.....the games provided are a big thumbs up from us all as well !

Colonsay is truly a hidden gem, the beaches are amazing with pure white powder sand and crystal clear water which we loved swimming in.

The locals are so friendly and made us feel very welcome. Make sure you pay a visit to The Gallery shop next to the ferry terminal, there are lots of lovely handmade items for sale in there.

We fell in love with Colonsay and can't wait to return to Highfield, it's the best holiday house we've ever rented....thanks!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Sam your kind comments which are much appreciated. We call Colonsay 'Scotland's Secret Island' as so few people you meet have ever been there or even heard of it. A lot of first time visitors are amazed at how much beauty is packed into one relatively small island. Thanks again and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Best regards Nick & Lynne
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Fantastic property on a wonderful island

  • 5 of 5

A great week for all in attendance (8 of us in total) staying in Nick & Lynne's property situated in a brilliant location on the island. The property itself is very well appointed, with large open plan living space upstairs providing fantastic sea views (and sunsets), together with a lovely master suite, whilst the downstairs living accommodation has the remaining bedrooms and utility room. Everything about the property is set up for the holiday you will have on the island, be this being out and about on the sandy beaches all day or heading out for wet walks in the Hebridean summer showers, with functional wooden and stone floors (with underfloor heating no less!) making the property an ideal base for the week. Cannot recommend highly enough, thanks!

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for the kind words and your custom Gordon and for introducing 5 of your friends to Highfield and the beautiful Isle of Colonsay for the first time. We look forward to hosting you again in the future. Best regards Nick & Lynne
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Nice and cozy

  • 5 of 5

We have been there in winter for a few weeks. This modern and well equipped house gives you even in winter, with all that storms coming and going, a cozy and sheltered feeling.

Great views of the atlantic from the living room, very quiet island and many opportunities for walking on beaches and hills. The communication with the helpful owner Nick was descent and nice.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for the review Michael and for your visit to Highfield. We hope you both had a good journey back to Germany and that you come back again to enjoy the peace and beauty of Colonsay.
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Fantast house with amazing views of the Atlantic !

  • 5 of 5

The house was well equipped and was by far the most comfortable we have stayed in on the Island. The views from the living room are breathtaking and change with the weather. If you want luxury and comfort this is the house. Ten people dissapear in the size of the house. Cannot fault it and we will definately be back again and again.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our favourite Colonsay accommodation

  • 5 of 5

We would wholeheartedly recommend this house. Superbly well maintained, spacious with a great ocean view. In the centre of the island making everywhere very accessible.

Lots of bathrooms and living space.

TIP: Ideal for a large party OR a couple as the bedroom floor can be shut off leaving master bedroom, living space, balcony and view.

We look forward to our next visit

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3 Kilometres
Colonsay Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Colonsay Hotel
Nearest Ferry
70 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Colonsay Golf Course
Nearest Train
70 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
70 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Colonsay Hotel
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Port Mhor
Car: necessary

The Isle of Colonsay is a small island paradise off the beautiful west coast of Scotland which is virtually unknown to the majority of even the UK population. The island is not widely advertised as it has a very limited supply of holiday accommodation and during the peak periods they are often booked up a year or more in advance, particularly as so many people return time and again to enjoy the unique beauty and tranquillity on offer. Our house is new to the rental market in 2012, having previously been lived in by island residents since it was built 8 years ago.

Colonsay is 10 miles long and 2 miles wide and has many fantastic beaches. The island is also home to much wildlife including thousand of sea birds perched on dramatic cliffs, colonies of seals and a range of 500 different flora and fauna. In addition there are 120 friendly islanders and lots of sheep!

Colonsay has an equally beautiful neighbouring island called Oronsay which, as well as having yet more sandy beaches, also has the historic ruins of a 14th century priory. Oronsay can be reached by foot at low water when the tide exposes a mile of sand known as ‘The Strand’.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Being an upside down house one couple can comfortably rent the upstairs accommodation as a 'studio' type home (at a discount outside of the summer season) or if there are more in the group we can open up the additional bedrooms needed downstairs and price according to the no of guests
From June to end of August the house is only bookable in multiples of 1 week and the change over day is Sunday

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.