The wilderness


Coll is one of a handful of wee islands boasting huge areas of nothing. That is until you venture within and discover it's full of history and life, rare plants, birds, fish........ but very few people to disturb it!
Scotland is fortunate in having a 'freedom to roam' act (Land reform Act 2003) which allows everyone access to nature. On Coll, it's easy to loose oneself (metaphorically) in a wilderness, the vast area in the north east of the island and the slightly smaller area more central to the south west.

There are very few trails though these areas but you will find farmers' quad tracks along with the numerous meanderings of sheep trails (that often lead to no where!). Following a burn (stream) is often a good idea but seeking higher ground when the burn goes through a flatter, boggier section. It's this variance of habitats that produces such a variety of plant life and it's the isolation that attracts nesting birds.

A word of caution:
Much of the wilderness doesn't enjoy 4G or even a phone signal, you may wish to consider an old fashioned map, one of those things of yesteryear that doesn't require a battery!
In May - July please make allowances for nesting birds, many of which are susceptible to disturbance or may be predated upon when taking flight with fright.

Nature and the wilderness is for all to experience and enjoy. It is precious, under threat and should not be considered a commodity for exploitation, otherwise it may be lost.

A word of caution:
Much of the wilderness doesn't enjoy 4G or even a phone signal, you may wish to consider an old fashioned map, one of those things of yesteryear that doesn't require a battery!
In May - July please make allowances for nesting birds, many of which are susceptible to disturbance or may be predated upon when taking flight with fright.

Nature and the wilderness is for all to experience and enjoy. It is precious, under threat and should not be considered a commodity for exploitation, otherwise it may be lost.

Loch Fada Crannog

Loch Fada Crannog - More

Archaeological sites litter Coll's wilderness

Oblong-leaved Sundew

Insect eating plants

Oblong-leaved sundew Drosera intermedia is one of the fascinating plants to be found.

Ruin, SW Coll

A wilderness ruin

Ruins from previous occupants can be seen in many wilderness areas.

Juniper

Common Juniper

A wilderness evergreen conifer that grows on rocks. Also a gin-drinker’s delight!