Take in the impressive gardens at Colonsay House.

Colonsay Gardens

Enjoy the island of Colonsay, which lies in the Hebrides off of Scotland’s west coast. 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 visit to the gardens.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Easy

  • Duration


  • Max. passengers


  • Booking Code


  • Notices

    Appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

The island of Colonsay lies in the Hebrides, off of Scotland’s west coast. Fifteen miles to the north lies the island of Mull. The islands of Jura and Islay are to the east and south, with the coast of Donegal in Ireland just visible to the southwest from a high point on a clear day. To the west lies the Atlantic, with only the Du Hirteach lighthouse standing between Colonsay and Canada. Together with its semi-detached neighbor Oransay, it forms an island group roughly ten miles long and two miles wide. 

The Colonsay House rhododendron and woodland garden is considered one of the finest rhododendron gardens in Scotland. It was planted mostly in the 1930s and has exceptional variety, not only of rhododendrons, but also of trees and shrubs that include exotic species from the southern hemisphere. Apart from the rhododendrons, there is a wide selection of shrubs, including pieris, fuchsia, hydrangea, olearia, escallonia and camellia.  

Practical information:

  • Language: English.

  • Remarks/requirements: Appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

  • Walking information: Approximately 2 miles, some uneven surfaces and steps.

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.