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4 September 2021

The walk to Kiloran Bay and back had been tiring but I still had over an hour until the return ferry to Islay. So I jumped in the car and went on a drive around Colonsay’s deserted single track roads. First down to The Strand where, when the tide is out, you can walk or drive over to Colonsay’s little sister island, Oronsay. Not today though as the tide was in. I decided to do a circuit of the island with no obvious destination in mind but then, as I passed the Colonsay Golf Club I spotted the most inviting sandy beach below to my left. I had to check this out. I had no prior knowledge of this lovely little sheltered beach but what a wonderful surprise. Totally deserted and perfectly peaceful, with many small coves, this beach (translated as ‘Bay of the Cold Well’) was a pleasure to walk on. A number of slate cairns had been built by visitors over the years and they formed a majestic pattern among the rocks on the far side of the bay. I didn’t spend long here, but it was a memorable surprise on what was a fabulous day on Colonsay. I loved this little island. And I still had time for a hot chocolate and doughnut from The Pantry before the ferry!