The Strand
The Strand
The islands of Colonsay and Oronsay are separated by a stretch of water and sand about a mile wide. This area is known as The Strand. The northern end, nearest Colonsay, is normally a sandy beach, whereas the southern end, nearest Oronsay, is covered by shallow water when the tide is in. When the tide retreats, The Strand can be crossed on foot to reach Oronsay.

This is an area of superb natural beauty. At the Colonsay end of The Strand is a standing stone at Garvard and to the east, a rocky outcrop known as Hangman's Rock, used as a gallows in times gone by.

There is a road of sorts on the Oronsay end of The Strand, and this leads directly to the ruins of a medieval priory.

It takes a good 15 to 25 minutes to cross The Strand from end to end, and though it may look dry when the tide is out, trust me, it isn't! A wise person would take rubber boots for the crossing.

It would also be a good idea to check the tide timetable before setting out. A copy can usually be found in the window of the ferry terminal at Scalasaig.