Travelling to Coll


Getting here by ferry

Most folk travel to Coll on a Caledonian MacBrayne ferry. In the summer there are daily sailings from Oban, five sailings per week from Tiree and one from Barra. In the winter there are five sailings per week from Oban and Tiree.  The boat travels to Tiree on many other days enabling links with their air service or a hopscotch approach to island travel. The journey from Oban takes ~ 2 hours 40 mins, from Tiree 55 minutes and from Barra ~ 4 hours.

Coll's ferry teminal is close to Arinagour,   01879 230347  

The cruise itself is a beautiful experience gliding down the Sound of Mull, past Tobermory and then Ardnamurchan Point (the most westerly tip of the UK’s mainland) for a short crossing in more open sea to Coll.

In the summer, the chances of spotting dolphins, whales and basking sharks are quite high and amongst the wealth of bird life you may see shearwaters, petrels and perhaps a white-tailed eagle.

There are summer ferry sailings allowing day trips from Coll to Tiree on Wednesday and Saturday; and a link to and from Barra (via Tiree), once per week on a Wednesday. There is even a Calmac Hopscotch supplement for those wishing to combine Coll/Tiree with an outer isles experience.

If you are travelling inter-island, you may have to reverse your vehicle onto the boat.

Getting here by air

The Argyll & Bute Council run Isle of Coll airstrip is situated at the west end of the island  

Flights are run by Hebridean Air Services.
To book flights   0845 805 7465

Scheduled flights operate on Mondays and Wednesdays. The morning flight runs from Oban to Coll then back to Oban via Tiree and the afternoon flight runs from Oban via Tiree to Coll before returning to Oban. The runway is unlit and flying is governed by visibility.

There are additional flights for High School kids to return for the weekend. During the summer the timetable flights are Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon, in the winter the flights run on a Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon.  Seats are available (for anyone) on the flights to pick up the school kids and these are often offered at reduced prices – contact Hebridean Air Services for times and availability.  Depending on the number of school kids travelling, seats may be available both ways, so it is always worth asking about availability.

Light planes and helicopters often come to Coll, usually landing at Coll airstrip. There are no facilities at the airstrip other than a payphone, a waiting room and a toilet. To land at the airport please contact Oban Airport for permission   01631 572910.

Getting here by air

The Argyll & Bute Council run Isle of Coll airstrip is situated at the west end of the island  

Flights are run by Hebridean Air Services.
To book flights   0845 805 7465

Scheduled flights operate on Mondays and Wednesdays. The morning flight runs from Oban to Coll then back to Oban via Tiree and the afternoon flight runs from Oban via Tiree to Coll before returning to Oban. The runway is unlit and flying is governed by visibility.

There are additional flights for High School kids to return for the weekend. During the summer the timetable flights are Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon, in the winter the flights run on a Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon.  Seats are available (for anyone) on the flights to pick up the school kids and these are often offered at reduced prices – contact Hebridean Air Services for times and availability.  Depending on the number of school kids travelling, seats may be available both ways, so it is always worth asking about availability.

Light planes and helicopters often come to Coll, usually landing at Coll airstrip. There are no facilities at the airstrip other than a payphone, a waiting room and a toilet. To land at the airport please contact Oban Airport for permission   01631 572910.


Get here under your own steam

Alternatively, you are very welcome to come to Coll under your own steam. Coll is an increasingly popular anchorage for yachts people.

Visitors may prefer to charter a boat from Coll (IsleGO) Tiree (Tiree Sea Tours) or the mainland (Coastal Connections, Oban). The more energetic come by sea kayak, but that’s not for the inexperienced.

Once here, even though there is no official taxi service or public bus service, you can take a very good chance of a hitch, or ask around.

Prepare for disruptions

However you travel to Coll you should always be aware that you may not get away exactly when you plan. This is a remote island, out in the Atlantic, where ferries and plane schedules are sometimes disrupted by bad weather, or the knock on effect of earlier bad weather. The ferries have also been known to break down!

If you have an important flight to catch on the mainland or really, really must get somewhere then consider leaving early.

If the weather is very bad, the ferry may call only once*. If you were planning on taking the scheduled second call into Coll, you made need to re-schedule and be ready for a quick exit and make the sailing to Oban via Tiree.

Please keep in touch with the CalMac pier office   01879 230347 before the first ferry is due.

* The ferry normally calls into Coll twice, once on the way to Tiree and then again on the return leg back from Tiree to Oban