A little about the Isle of Coll

A little about the Isle of Coll


Coll is a small Island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. It lies some 4 miles west of Mull. From Oban it takes about 3 hours to get here. The ferry journey can be a wonderful experience in itself. Sailing through the Sound of Mull you can expect to see Basking Sharks, Seals, Dolphins, Whales and even the odd Killer Whale. The Isle of Coll is around 13 miles long and 3 miles wide.Coll is fairly central within the Hebridean Isles and breathtaking views of the surrounding islands are plentiful from Coll’s shores. Coll’s nearest neighbour is the Isle of Tiree.

Views of the Outer Hebrides, Barra, South Uist, Rum, Eigg, Muck, Sky, Mull, the Paps of Jura, the Treshnish Isles and Gunna can all be seen from certain points on Coll’s coastline.

 In the summer months Coll can be like something from a fairy tale. Coll is home to some 200 residents and offers peace and tranquility in the way of beautiful sandy beaches, a vast array of wildlife and carpets of wild flowers known as the Machair.
For me, Coll is a landscape and seascape photographers dream. I just love it here. Coll does not have many trees and has no mountains. Some photographers could be put off by this but not me. The Machair in the summer months is breathtaking, as is it’s rugged coastline. Most of the Island is untouched by development…nature in it’s true beauty. The Sunrise’s and Sunset’s are to die for.
The main reason for this website is to promote my work and to give people a little insight as to what it is like, living on a small island on the Atlantic Ocean.
There really is too much to say about the beauty that this magical Island offers. Hopefully you will stay with me and over time follow my blog. I will be writing about some of my personal experiences living here and hopefully you will get something from reading them.
 Sometimes things are just too beautiful or powerful for me to put into words. I do it best through my photography, so expect to see a lot of my work…almost like a photo journal.
Thanks for reading,

4 Responses

  1. Barry and Jean Robinson

    Good to hear from you,Allan, and to see what you’re doing. You helped make our stay on Coll truly memorable a couple of years ago.
    Good luck with your photography and with your blog. You have a lot to show us all.
    With best wishes and regards,

    PS Are you still visited by your otter?
    PPS Did you do any more moth trapping?

  2. Hello there,
    Otto made his way back to the wild and I haven’t seen him since he left. He never even came back to visit! Hopefully He survived. I always try to use the moth trap at least a couple of times a year…you never know what might be passing and pulled to the light. Thanks for showing an interest and thanks for the kind words…onwards and upwards,
    Kind Regards to you both,

  3. Andrew Currie

    Excellent site mate.

    I have fond memories of visiting you and meeting Otto.

    I also recall the “abstract” conversations about aliens etc, I’m not sure if you can remember those chats but it made me laugh.

    Out of all the Scottish Islands I have visited, Coll is without a doubt the most beautiful.

    Keep up the good work.

    • Hello Andrew, glad you could make it. Since the last time we spoke I was abducted by a race of Aliens called the Mainlanders. They kept me fed and watered for a couple of weeks before returning me to my own planet…Coll. Hopefully you will be back on Coll again soon and when you do, drop in for a drink and a natter. 😉

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