Enjoy the island of Colonsay which lies in the Hebrides off the west coast and visit The Colonsay House rhododendron and woodland garden.
Included in your cruise
Depart from the pier and walk to the gardens (Shuttle subject to availability).
Enjoy a garden visit.
Level 2: Moderate - some mobility needed
Appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
The island of Colonsay lies in the Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. Fifteen miles to the north lies the island of Mull; the eastern and southern horizons are bounded by the islands of Jura and Islay; and to the south west, just visible from a high point on a clear day, is the coast of Donegal in Ireland. To the west lies the Atlantic, with only the Du Hirteach lighthouse standing between Colonsay and Canada. Together with its semi-detached neighbour Oransay, it forms an island group roughly ten miles long and two miles wide.
The Colonsay House rhododendron and woodland garden is considered to be one of the finest rhododendron gardens in Scotland. It was planted mostly in the 1930's and has an exceptional variety, not only of rhododendrons, but also of trees and shrubs including some exotic species from the southern hemisphere. Apart from the rhododendrons, there is also a wide selection of shrubs including pieris, fuchsia, hydrangea, olearia, escallonia and camellia.
Remarks/requirements: Appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
Walking information: Approximately 2 miles, some uneven surfaces and steps.