Pilot reviews of Colonsay Airfield
|“||We visited Colonsay again in late August to take our greyhounds for a walk. The weather inbound had been poor, but had cleared by the time we arrived and turned into a lovely clear and bright day.
The airfield at Colonsay is basic with a 500m tarmac runway, (in excellent condition) and with a rather challenging approach from the east over low but very jagged hills. Not a problem at all in the C172, but plan your approach carefully.
The airfield is unmanned but has a dedicated frequency. PPR must be arranged with Oban and you need to have a current indemnity form from them which you can arrange by phone. On the day, (as we already had a current indemnity following a visit to Oban in June), we just phoned Oban and paid them by Visa for the landing fee which was £17.38 for a C172. There are NO facilities at the airfield, just a wooden waiting room for the daily scheduled flight which was closed when we arrived. Please note that when you speak to Oban, they will advise you when the flight is due and you will need to park well to the side of the small apron to allow the Islander room to maneuver.
The island is lovely and we enjoyed the walk to the ferry terminal at Scalasaig and took afternoon tea at the Colonsay Hotel which we found to be beautifully decorated – more like a country club than a hotel, with lovely grounds and water for the dogs.
2nd visit & Flew in on the evening of 28th May 2011 (3 nights) and was picked up by Colonsay Estate Member of Staff. If you are staying book accommodation.You must obtain an Indemnity Form by Argyll and Bute Council either from their website or contacting Oban Airport. (currently £38.38 for 1 year but includes other airfields) You also have to pay the landing fee and send Oban a copy of your Insurance.
This is a superb location, but ensure weather reports are good due to its location. Rotors can be expected from the surrounding hills 500 Mts Runway up hill on 11. Check windsock on circuit and call on the A/G frequency.
|“||Visited for the day 26 Jul 09.
11 is one of the most beautiful approaches I have ever flown. A notice in the terminal window says mobiles work from the east end but I had no signal. Scheduled flights come in on Tuesday and Thursday.
The road away from the airstrip is just awful for about 500m but the rest of the islands roads are good. It is a great place to cycle, there is a single track circular road around the island that is not too far.
We ate in 'The Pantry' which was good, if nothing fancy. Colonsay house gardens are remarkable and there are also some great beaches.
You can hire bicycles from Mr MacConnell 01951 200355
http://www.colonsay.org.uk/index.html ('where to stay' then 'flying visits')
In the end I brought my own but he would have brought them to the airstrip and then picked them up after we left. |
|“||Visited Colonsay Airfield on 8 and 10 July. Newly resurfaced as part of the Boan/Argyle & Bute commuter service, the 500 metre strip has hills at the east end and the sea at the west, although isn't as challenging as it sounds. (Although the 15 knot northerly made the turbulance over the hills somewhat challenging).
New terminal was unmanned (only open for the commuter flights) but we paid our £15 landing fees at Oban where we were based anyway. (And got PPR from them too). New A/G frequency used for "blind" calls.
We took a walk around the airfield and were amazed to find it is actually in the middle of the strangest golf course I have ever seen, but it must also be one of the most picturesque too!
Nearest food was a few miles away, but taxis available if needed (but your mobile won't work - phone before setting off!)
Great place for a picnic, as are all the western isles. |
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