56.109205, -6.167163
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Distance: 4.8 km
Difficulty: Easy
Method: Walk
Wow Factor: 10 out of 10
  • Terrain: Track and beach; rough path on Carnon Eoin
  • Access: Walk
  • Height gain: 231 metres
  • Map: OS Explorer 354
  • Starting point: Track head GR NR399 974
  • Accommodation/food:

    See visiting facts page – here

  • Route description:

    Carnon Eoin is Colonsay’s highest point and sits at the north end of the island above Kiloran Bay, one of the beast beaches on Colonsay. The highpoint offers the best views of Colonsay, the surrounding islands and the whale sculpture. As part of this walk it is possible to explore caves at the north end of Kiloran Bay and the sea arch at the south west end.

    The walk starts from the ‘parking area’ on the track that leads from the northern end of the B8086 and heads north east along the clear track, where Carnon Eoin can be seen above the end of the bay. Continue on the track until you cross the small stream directly in front of Carnon Eoin. Turn right off the main track and climb to the bealach. Turn hard right at the bealach to continue on a clear, rough path up Carnan Eoin and the trig point. Return back to the main track, continue along it for a short distance towards Balnahard, then leave it to walk towards the beach beyond the north of Kiloran Sands to view the caves in the cliffs.

    Continue the walk along the sands of Kiloran Beach to reach its south west tip, where a sea arch can be explored, before crossing the stream that flows onto the beach to reach the road. Turn left and return to the car park.

    More ideas on what to do on Colonsay

    • Cycle the island circuit – more here
    • Wild swim at Kiloran Bay and experience the “Colonsay washing machine”
    • Attempt all 22 MacPhies – more here
    • Help grow the whale sculpture by adding a stone – more here
    • Go the beach – find the best ones here
    • Walk to the tidal island of Oronsay – more here
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