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    For more information, follow this link: https://collhalfmarathon.org.uk

 

The isle of Coll is a small Hebridean island situated some ten kilometres west of Mull.

It is a holiday destination for many,  especially those seeking peace and quiet and who enjoy nature and the natural beauty of the Hebrides.

Please take some time to explore our website.  Here you will find everything you need to know about our beautiful island, how to get here, where to stay and what to do when you are here.

Why not check out this recent blog: ‘Glorious Coll – The Isle with Scotland’s Best Beaches?’ from the Welcome to Scotland website?

All photographs copyright: Allan McKechnie, Isle of Coll Photographics unless otherwise stated.

 

News

NEW for 2018…

Allan McKechnie

 

Heather & Tom are proud to introduce Isle of Coll Lamb direct from Toraston Farm….

You can order through our facebook page
or email us at torastonfarm@outlook.com
or phone 01879 230 239.

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Mathieu Willcocks, a local photographer, is now offering workshops and tours on the island.

 

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Check out our artisan section for more information.

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What’s On

Aug
25
Fri
Ben Maggs in Concert @ An Cridhe
Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

ben maggs lg

At An Cridhe on

Friday 25th August

Doors at 7pm for 7.30pm start

 

 

Aug
31
Thu
FACE @ An Cridhe
Aug 31 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
FACE @ An Cridhe | Arinagour | Scotland | United Kingdom

FACE

Twin sisters, Isobel and Morag, give us their distinctive views on life, love, death and, of course, money in Janette Foggo’s acclaimed and magnificent performance of Peter Arnott’s “hilarious symphony of rancour”.
“… terrific new double monologue… an unforgettable portrait of a woman… magnificent performance…” The Scotsman

 

 

Sep
9
Sat
Scottish Reed Trio @ An Cridhe
Sep 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Scottish Reed Trio @ An Cridhe | Arinagour | Scotland | United Kingdom

Saturday 9 September7:30pm

The trio met whilst studying at the RSAMD and since graduating have spent many years working as orchestral musicians with Scotland’s major orchestras and music educators coming together to form this exciting new ensemble out of a shared enjoyment of chamber music. The members have appeared extensively throughout the UK, Europe and North America in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican and Concertgebouw and have performed live broadcasts on BBC television and radio.

The Scottish Reed Trio is dedicated to delivering high quality, inspirational concerts and developing new and diverse audiences for live music through exciting presentation, innovative programming and education work.

 

 

Sep
16
Sat
Coll & The Cosmos @ An Cridhe
Sep 16 @ 8:00 am – Sep 17 @ 5:00 pm
Coll & The Cosmos @ An Cridhe | Arinagour | Scotland | United Kingdom

Coll & The Cosmos

16th/17th September 2017

Coll & The Cosmos is a stargazing weekend break on the Isle of Coll which makes the most of the island’s incredible dark skies. The break has been specifically designed to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. No prior knowledge of astronomy is needed; we’ll bring you the best of the night sky in a way that is fun and easily understandable.

Coll & The Cosmos is a collaboration between Coll Bunkhouse and Cosmos Planetarium. We use state of the art technology to deliver an amazing stargazing learning experience in a fantastic location. Our 6 metre indoor planetarium is a fully digital, 360° immersive multi-media theatre experience, ideal for taking a journey through the solar system and learning about a range of astronomical subjects.

We also offer an array of different astronomical equipment to use, from simple binoculars to large astronomical telescopes with ‘Goto’ and wireless Bluetooth capabilities. If you have your own telescope, bring it along and we’ll show you how to get the best use from it. During the day, we can offer solar observing with close-up views of the sun and its flares, filaments and sun-spots, using our dedicated Hydrogen Alpha and white light solar telescopes.

Why Coll?

By night, Coll has naturally unpolluted starry skies – equivalent to Death Valley National Park in the USA – which make it perfect for stargazing. With skies that dark, many deep sky objects can be seen with the naked eye. Some of these include star clusters like the ‘Beehive’ & ‘Double Cluster’, nebulae like the ‘Great Orion Nebula’ and the ‘Andromeda Galaxy’. The bright band of the Milky Way can also be easily seen arching over the night sky at certain times of the year.

In December 2013, Coll was officially designated as a ‘Dark-Sky Community’ by the International Dark-Sky Association, on account of its dark skies and commitment to minimising light pollution. We are very fortunate on Coll to have such a unique natural environment which makes it such a fantastic location for stargazing. To provide a little context to the meaning of this award, the Isle of Coll was:
• the 1st Dark Skies Community, and Island, – in Scotland
• the 22nd Dark Skies Place to be designated – in the world.

Cosmos Planetarium are based in central Scotland but have collaborated with Coll Bunkhouse to deliver this experience in a location which can truly be described as top-class when it comes to stargazing.

You can read more about the work of Coll’s Dark Skies group, efforts to minimise light pollution on the island and the application to the International Dark-Sky Association using the following link: Coll – A Dark-Sky Island.

The Course

Coll & the Cosmos is a two-day astronomical voyage of discovery, with approximately 10 hours of learning and stargazing activities delivered by our expert astronomers.No other stargazing short break in the UK offers as wide a range of astronomical equipment, practical hands on instruction in using telescopes and developing observing techniques, combined with the awesome experience of time inside our fully digital immersive planetarium.

With the planetarium, even if it’s cloudy during your stay, we can still give you a virtual tour of the night sky, exactly as it should look that evening. All of this on the Isle of Coll, a real hidden gem amongst Scotland’s Hebridean islands. Now not only can you discover the beauty of the island itself but also experience the wonders of the night sky under some of the darkest skies in Europe.

You can view the full timetable for the weekend here: Course Content

Cosmos Planetarium

The course is delivered by James Green and Steven Gray of Cosmos Planetarium. James has a BSc (Hons) in physics is a member of the Institute of Physics and is a keen amateur astronomer. Steven has had a lifelong fascination with the night sky, is also a keen amateur astronomer and solar system imager. Both are members of the British Association of Planetaria and Fellows of the Royal Astronomical Society and have many years experience delivering astronomy outreach classes and courses. You can find out more about Cosmos Planetarium via their website.

Cost & Further Information

The course costs – £90 for adults and £75 for under 18s. Accommodation is available at Coll Bunkhouse from £21 per person per night. Alternative accommodation is available just a few minutes walk away including the Coll HotelTigh na Mara and Dun Fraoch Bed & Breakfasts. Further self-catering accommodation can be found here.

This is an informal course and is first and foremost intended to be fun and as flexible as possible regarding the level of the content. We strongly believe astronomy and science in general should be as accessible as possible for everyone.

Lots of people get telescopes as gifts but never learn how to use them properly, feel free to bring along any equipment you have and we will endeavour to show you how to get the best out of it.

During the evening observing sessions, if the skies are clear remember that it can be very cold so please make sure you pack appropriate winter clothing.

To make the most of the clear skies (if we do get them!) the evening observing sessions can of course be extended. Both James and Steven are very passionate about everything to do with the night sky and will be spending a considerable amount of their nights on Coll looking up!

To book, call now on 01879 230217 or email info@collbunkhouse.co.uk.

Sep
25
Mon
Development Coll AGM @ An Cridhe
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Development Coll AGM @ An Cridhe | Arinagour | Scotland | United Kingdom

Monday 25 September, 7.00pm

Development Coll AGM at An Cridhe.

It would be great if you could join us to hear about what DC is doing,

and how things have gone over the last reporting period.

Jan
27
Sat
Burns Supper @ An Cridhe
Jan 27 @ 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Fair fa’ your honest sonsie face, Great chieftain o’ the pudding-race!

Booking is essential

Bar open: 6:30pm, Dinner from 7:00pm

Join us at An Cridhe for a 2-course Burns Supper with bar.   Your chef, Darran Jamieson, will once again serve up his more than ample helpings of Burns Supper.   As you might expect, Coll dispenses with the formalities and while you can expect the Selkirk Grace, the Address to the Haggis, and the hilarious toasts, it’s all about enjoying yourself and offering up a word or a song or two if you wish.   A great introduction to a Burns Supper, and a fantastic sense of community!

If you’d like to take responsibility for an item from the ‘order of service’ let us know and we’ll put you in touch with the folk in charge.   A bit of internet searching would point you in the right direction if you’re new to this.

Booking is essential… but you can pay on the night.

Email: info@ancridhe.co.uk or phone us on 01879 230 000 to book.

Feb
26
Mon
Brendan O’Hara MP Surgery on Coll @ An Cridhe
Feb 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Brendan O’Hara MP Surgery on Coll

Monday February 26th
10am to 11.30am
Brendan will be visiting Coll on Monday 26th February, and will be holding a surgery in An Cridhe from 10am to 11.30am.

For an appointment please call 01436 670587
brendan.ohara.mp@parliament.uk
Drop-in available

Mar
10
Sat
Coll & The Cosmos 2018 @ An Cridhe
Mar 10 – Mar 11 all-day
Coll & The Cosmos 2018 @ An Cridhe | Arinagour | Scotland | United Kingdom

Coll & The Cosmos

 10th/11th March 2018

Coll & The Cosmos is a stargazing weekend break on the Isle of Coll which makes the most of the island’s incredible dark sky. The break has been specifically designed to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. No prior knowledge of astronomy is needed; we’ll bring you the best of the night sky in a way that is fun and easily understandable.

Coll & The Cosmos is a collaboration between Coll Bunkhouse and Cosmos Planetarium. We use state of the art technology to deliver an amazing stargazing learning experience in a fantastic location. Our 6 metre indoor planetarium is a fully digital, 360° immersive multi-media theatre experience, ideal for taking a journey through the solar system and learning about a range of astronomical subjects.

In 2017 we added a ground-breaking immersive virtual reality session. See the scale of the universe from inside an atom to the edge of known space.   Also, travel to the Moon with Apollo 11 – be part of the greatest journey ever taken by humankind.

We also offer an array of different astronomical equipment to use, from simple binoculars to large astronomical telescopes with ‘Goto’ and wireless Bluetooth capabilities. If you have your own telescope, bring it along and we’ll show you how to get the best use from it. During the day, we can offer solar observing with close-up views of the sun and its flares, filaments and sun-spots, using our dedicated Hydrogen Alpha and white light solar telescopes.

 Why Coll?

By night, Coll has a naturally unpolluted starry sky – equivalent to Death Valley National Park in the USA – which make it perfect for stargazing. With a sky that dark, many deep sky objects can be seen with the naked eye. Some of these include star clusters like the ‘Beehive’ & ‘Double Cluster’, nebulae like the ‘Great Orion Nebula’ and the ‘Andromeda Galaxy’. The bright band of the Milky Way can also be easily seen arching over the night sky at certain times of the year.

In December 2013, Coll was officially designated as a ‘Dark-Sky Community’ by the International Dark-Sky Association, on account of its dark sky and commitment to minimising light pollution. We are very fortunate on Coll to have such a unique natural environment which makes it such a fantastic location for stargazing. To provide a little context to the meaning of this award, the Isle of Coll was:
• the 1st Dark Sky Community, and Island, – in Scotland
• the 22nd Dark Sky Place to be designated – in the world.

Cosmos Planetarium are based in central Scotland but have collaborated with Coll Bunkhouse to deliver this experience in a location which can truly be described as top-class when it comes to stargazing.

You can read more about the work of Coll’s Dark Sky group, efforts to minimise light pollution on the island and the application to the International Dark-Sky Association using the following link: Coll – A Dark-Sky Island.

The Course

Coll & the Cosmos is a two-day astronomical voyage of discovery, with approximately 10 hours of learning and stargazing activities delivered by our expert astronomers.No other stargazing short break in the UK offers as wide a range of astronomical equipment, practical hands on instruction in using telescopes and developing observing techniques, combined with the awesome experience of time inside our fully digital immersive planetarium.

With the planetarium, even if it’s cloudy during your stay, we can still give you a virtual tour of the night sky, exactly as it should look that evening. All of this takes place on the Isle of Coll, a real hidden gem amongst Scotland’s Hebridean islands. Now not only can you discover the beauty of the island itself but also experience the wonders of the night sky under some of the darkest sky in Europe.

You can view the full timetable for the weekend here: Course Content

The course is run subject to minimum numbers (8 people).

Cosmos Planetarium

The course is delivered by James Green and Steven Gray of Cosmos Planetarium. James has a BSc (Hons) in physics is a member of the Institute of Physics and is a keen amateur astronomer. Steven has had a lifelong fascination with the night sky, is also a keen amateur astronomer and solar system imager. Both are members of the British Association of Planetaria and Fellows of the Royal Astronomical Society and have many years experience delivering astronomy outreach classes and courses. You can find out more about Cosmos Planetarium via their website.

 Cost & Further Information

The course costs £90 for adults and £75 for young people (12 – 17 years). There is a discounted price of £81 per adult, £67 per young person (12 – 17 years) if booked and paid for two months in advance. Accommodation is available at Coll Bunkhouse, from £21 per person per night. Alternative accommodation is available just a few minutes walk away including the Coll Hotel, Tigh na Mara and Dun Fraoch Bed & Breakfasts. Further self-catering accommodation can be found here.

Cancellation policy: if you wish to cancel your attendance on the course, please note that cancellations must be made at least 28 days in advance of the course start date or payment cannot be refunded.

This is an informal course and is first and foremost intended to be fun and as flexible as possible regarding the level of the content. We strongly believe astronomy and science in general should be as accessible as possible for everyone.

Lots of people get telescopes as gifts but never learn how to use them properly, feel free to bring along any equipment you have and we will endeavour to show you how to get the best out of it.

During the evening observing sessions, if the sky is clear remember that it can be very cold so please make sure you pack appropriate winter clothing.

To make the most of the clear sky the evening observing sessions can of course be extended. Both James and Steven are very passionate about everything to do with the night sky and will be spending a considerable amount of their nights on Coll looking up!

To book, call now on 01879 230217 or email info@collbunkhouse.co.uk.

Mar
30
Fri
Crawford Stevenson Exhibition (MND) @ An Cridhe
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Crawford Stevenson Exhibition (MND) @ An Cridhe | Arinagour | Scotland | United Kingdom

Hebridean inspired images
by Crawford Stevenson

 

Exhibition at An Cridhe by local artist Crawford Stevenson, on behalf of motor neurone disease (MND)

Opening night 30th March 7pm

All welcome

Mar
31
Sat
Easter Concert Call-Out for Talent @ An Cridhe
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Easter Concert Call-Out for Talent @ An Cridhe | Arinagour | Scotland | United Kingdom

Easter Concert time!

This is your chance to do your party piece.

If you would like to join in the fun and take part, either on stage or off stage contact An Cridhe.