STB **** 4 Star Award

2017 availability chart

Sun deck at Cill a'Rubha

Cill a' Rubha, our purpose-built cottage at Uragaig with magnificent ocean views and across the sands of Kiloran Bay; a favoured haunt of both chough and corncrake and close to the bird colonies of Loch an Sgoltaire and the sea-cliffs.

Longer-stay rates: this magnificent house deserves to be enjoyed all year round, so we now offer it from £670 for a month in low-season

"... short stay, loved every minute on this wild and wonderful island."
"The house is beautiful, with great views. We hope that this is the first of many stays on Colonsay..."

This modern and fully-equipped cottage is heavily insulated and designed for sabbatical and study use as well as family holidays. Out of season, it is an ideal base for botanists, geologists and ornithologists. Cill a' Rubha is also suited to Family Historians - various resources are available on our websites and can be accessed via WiFi Broadband for reference. This may be particularly helpful at the graveyard, as all inscriptions have been transcribed.

The cottage is at Uragaig and faces directly across the ancient chapel-site of Cill a' Rubha (pron: "kil-a-roo"), a sixth-century foundation by St. Maelrubh, looking towards Sgibinis and Balnahard. There are panoramic views, encompassing the whole of Kiloran Bay, the Ross of Mull, the Torran Rocks and distant Dubh Hirteach lighthouse. The magnificent wrap-around sundeck provides a choice of shade or sunbathing throughout all the hours of daylight.

View to Sgibinis, Balnahard * View towards Kiloran

Uragaig ("raised-beach harbour") is an ancient marine platform, now standing some 100 feet above sea level and backed by dramatic cliffs. It is a place of outstanding natural interest, particularly in terms of flora and ornithology. There are only a few houses on the peninsula and it is our hope that our guests will treasure the special nature of the area. The cottage is ideal for persons who seek tranquillity and natural beauty - it is remote, even by Colonsay's standards, and the tortuous single track road is not suited to constant coming and going.

No words can describe the views. A bald summary might be "a magnificent and panoramic outlook, which cannot be surpassed". In the complete absence of light pollution, the night sky is quite breathtaking.


Cill a' Rubha, February 2001
Location picture (February 2001), before completion of sundeck etc.

A satisfied guest commented that this was "the best holiday accommodation that I have ever rented". Another guest felt we should provide more pictures and kindly obliged with some of his own here.

Please note that this particular property is not suited to young children - the design of the building and many elements of the furniture and fittings are not appropriate.

Weekly Tariff for Cill a' Rubha until March 2018

Oct 14 2017 to March 22 2018


March 24 - April 27 2017


April 28 - June 15 2017


June 16 - July 27 2017


July 28 - August 17 2017


August 18 - October 12 2017


October 14 2017 to mid-March 2018


Except Christmas New Year 2016/17
Except Christmas New Year 2017/18


We try to make the bookings dovetail, please have a look at the availability chart 2017 or 2018 to see what might fit.

The property is self-catering, which means that the tenant is reponsible for normal cleaning and washing-up. It is a condition of letting that it is left in a proper state upon departure. We do not charge for pets but they must not be allowed upon furniture and any dog-hair must be thoroughly removed. A minimum charge of £50.00 will be raised where additional cleaning, washing-up or dog-hair are encountered by our staff.

Please do not smoke or permit smoking inside the cottage. The property is rented only as a holiday let and not as an assured tenancy in terms of Housing (Scotland) Act 1988.

Is it available in 2017? or 2018? or maybe 2019?

Sabbatical rates: you can rent Cill a' Rubha out of season (except Christmas / New Year):
1 week £335, 2 weeks £500, 3 weeks £610, 4 weeks £670 inc. any taxes

Basic Tariff is per week and includes any taxes and all bed-linen and towels.

Electricity is supplied via a digital meter and charged on departure at cost price per unit inc. 5% VAT.

Printer-friendly Tariff and Ferry Timetable 2017

Available in 2018 and 2019 Although it is without firm commitment, we are very happy to pencil in tentative reservations for 2018 and 2019. Because guests sometimes have to change plans, we must encourage them to keep us informed. Therefore, when making a provisional reservation for either year, we ask you to let us know asap if you must cancel or change the dates. The reservation may then be confirmed by 25% deposit in early December to finalise your plans.

Contact: Kevin and Christa Byrne Tel: 01951 200320 Email: byrne@colonsay.org.uk

K & C Byrne Partnership, Homefield, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll PA61 7YR

Printer-friendly: Tariff and Ferry Times 2017
Detailed availability chart for Cill a' Rubha Cottage, also shows Longfield House and Phoebe (mini-lodge)