Glendyke Isle of Coll
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Arrival.  We do have to clean the property between guests, and this does take time! –

not only can you not move in before the place is cleaned, we cannot clean until you

move out, and we therefore have to insist that our guests vacate the property by 11 am.

Entry time is around 3.00 pm.

Access.  The main access to Glendyke is across The Castle Park. Follow any of the numerous tracks, except the one hard left through the gate towards the barn. In winter and spring, the field can be too boggy to drive a vehicle across. If this is so, park by the field gate and walk down. Bedding Beds will be made up on arrival but please could guests bring their own towels Fuels  Electricity is provided subject to a fair-use clause. £30 worth (at cost to us) is included, and meter readings will be taken before and after your stay. Any excess use will be invoiced. Central heating is through programmable convector heaters. There is a multi-fuel stove in the lounge to snooze in front of. You will need to bring your own fuel. Driftwood is not suitable as it produces too much tar, which clogs the stove window and flue. The 24hr Esso petrol station on the right hand side 2 miles before Oban at Dunstaffnage stocks smokeless fuels, and the peat briquettes (which are actually very good). Seasoned logs are also OK to burn. Diesel, leaded and unleaded petrol  are available on the island (at a hefty price premium, so fill up before sailing). The opening times are related to ferry arrivals/days so please check at the station for these times. Septic Tank. The property is not on mains sewerage and is serviced by a septic tank. Please don’t dispose of undegradables down the lavatory. We also must insist that you do not use bleach or other such cleaning agents. Laundry: there are washing and drying facilities at the bunkhouse in the village  Eating and drinking  There is just one shop on the island. This shop supplies most essentials. There is no fresh meat, and rarely fresh fish. (bring your own and freeze it!) They do sell fresh veg, milk, bread etc. Food can be ordered in advance (tel 01879 230 335 ) Excellent fish can be bought from ‘Watts’ fishmongers on the pier in Oban (walk from the Cal Mac booking office along the front towards town. Watts are down an alley on the right just past the seafood stall (which does excellent crab, prawn and salmon butties. Newspapers arrive with the ferry, a day late! Cooking the kitchen is well equipped and includes a fridge-freezer. There is no auto- washer as there is unsufficient water pressure. There is a cooker with a ceramic hob. PLEASE DON’T USE ABRASIVE CLEANERS ON THIS! First Port of Call  is a café restaurant on the main street. Telephone/wifi   There is no telephone at the property (nor is there a TV). If you have a mobile, the island now has 4G. Reception is not universal though. We have Wifi. Money  There is no bank on the island, but there is a Post Office. Midges  We are often asked about midges. Coll is much better than mainland Scotland  as there is usually a breeze which stops them flying. In July and August they can never- the-less occasionally be a problem on still evenings. May, June and September are usually virtually midge free. Avon ’s Woodland Fresh body oil is the best repellant. Medical  There is a doctor and nurse on the isle, but no hospital or dentist, but there is a special constable.  Doctor’s tel 230326. Vets  There is a vet on Tiree, but not on Coll. Phone them if you have a problem, and you can jump on the ferry, be seen on the pier at Tiree, and jump back on the returning ferry. Being a sheep farming area, sheep ticks can be an occasional problem. However, they can carry the potentially dangerous Lyme-disease bug. We recommend you treat your dog before you go with ‘Frontline Spot-On’. This preparation kills ticks very quickly, minimising the chance of them transmitting any disease. Seals. If you want to swim with seals (wet suit recommended), Torastan is probably the best spot. For simply bathing, Breachacha Bay is very shallow and gently sloping, with no serious currents. Wait for the tide to flood over hot sand in the afternoon, and it’s nearly tolerably warm. Birds. The R.S.P.B. Visitor Centre is situated at Totronald Farm. The reserve itself is informal – you may wander more at less at will, excluding the corncrake hay meadows in summer. Bike Hire Bike hire is from the Post Office and advisable to book in advance on 230329. Otters  Otter watching is an acquired art, but there are a few about if you know how and where. Find yourself a vantage point, preferably on a promontory, and sit tight making sure you do not break the skyline. Mid-tide is often best. If you see otters far away, approach them whilst they are under water, which is normally for at least 12 seconds. Therefore walk for 10 seconds once they dive, crouch, wait for them to surface and dive again, and repeat! The bay at Arinagour is an extremely good spot, observing from the roadside. Golf There is a 9 hole golf course. Fees payable to Coll Hotel. BreakagesPlease let us know, as soon as possible, if any item is damaged. We can then ensure it is replaced in readiness for our next guests. Guests will be billed for major damages and breakages. Rubbish. Please don’t leave bags outside, as seagulls raid them! We have a wheelie bin (the grey one) at the field gate. The bin will only be emptied if the lid shuts. Water Supply. The water comes from a spring that flows even in times of drought, and is of excellent quality and taste. It is filtered and UV treated. Sanitation. The property has a septic tank. Please do not dispose of non-degradable products such as sanitary items and nappies down the toilet, or use bleach or other chemicals. Smoke Alarms have been fitted in the kitchen and hall areas   Dogs One well-behaved dog is permitted, though as the isle is still a thriving sheep- farming community, your dog must be sheep-steady.                                                Departure .  Please vacate the property by 11 a. on the day of departure to allow our house-keeper adequate time to clean before the next guests arrive IMPORTANT NOTICES Book your ferries early as demand can be high especially (but not only) at peak of summer The property is bounded on two sides by a deep ditch. Steep banks fall to deep water, with no immediate crawl-out point. Young children should therefore be kept under supervision. Useful phone numbers Paula Jamieson, Housekeeper 01879 230 012 Doctor 01879 230326               Vets (Tiree)   01879 220435 The Coll Hotel 01879 230334 CalMac, Coll 01879 230 347 CalMac, Oban 01631 566688 Cal Mac reservations 08705 650000 Island Stores 01879 230484  First Port of Coll 01879 230262 Co-op on Tiree 01879 220326

Coll in winter

The cottage is in an idyllic spot -

but 600 yards from the road - 4 x 4

needed in winter, and comfort with

adverse camber and rut-straddling

required - not a difficult drive if you

are used to that stuff we have

never been thwarted by our 'back-

route' though the main track can be

impassable most of the winter. It is

possible you may have to walk the

final leg.

Winter access also creates constraints for our housekeeper - she cant get down much of the time so may not be able to have heating on in advance and you would need to collect linen from village. You may have to accept it how previous guests have left the place if she hasnt been able to sort. Also the is a real risk of ferries been cancelled due to gales - if you have to be back by a specific time dont chance it - it really is life on the edge over winter If you do go and get stuck then you are ok there till next guests get - if you cant escape they cant take your place!! And if you cant get due to the weather then we will refund your accommodation monies minus your deposit which we will hold against another booking. BUT it can be the most fantastic experience at that time of year - huge numbers of geese, starling murmurations, great northern divers on the sea
a lovely light kitchen flooded by sunshine from mid-day to dusk
Glendyke Isle of Coll
Glendyke, self-catering cottage on the Isle of Coll, Argyll, Scotland

Arrival.  We do have to clean the

property between guests, and this does

take time! – not only can you not move in

before the place is cleaned, we cannot

clean until you move out, and we

therefore have to insist that our guests

vacate the property by 11 am. Entry time

is around 3.00 pm.

Access.  The main access to Glendyke is across The Castle Park. Follow any of the numerous tracks, except the one hard left through the gate towards the barn. In winter and spring, the field can be too boggy to drive a vehicle across. If this is so, park by the field gate and walk down. Bedding Beds will be made up on arrival but please could guests bring their own towels Fuels  Electricity is provided subject to a fair-use clause. £30 worth (at cost to us) is included, and meter readings will be taken before and after your stay. Any excess use will be invoiced. Central heating is through programmable convector heaters. There is a multi-fuel stove in the lounge to snooze in front of. You will need to bring your own fuel. Driftwood is not suitable as it produces too much tar, which clogs the stove window and flue. The 24hr Esso petrol station on the right hand side 2 miles before Oban at Dunstaffnage stocks smokeless fuels, and the peat briquettes (which are actually very good). Seasoned logs are also OK to burn. Diesel, leaded and unleaded petrol  are available on the island (at a hefty price premium, so fill up before sailing). The opening times are related to ferry arrivals/days so please check at the station for these times. Septic Tank. The property is not on mains sewerage and is serviced by a septic tank. Please don’t dispose of undegradables down the lavatory. We also must insist that you do not use bleach or other such cleaning agents. Laundry: there are washing and drying facilities at the bunkhouse in the village  Eating and drinking  There is just one shop on the island. This shop supplies most essentials. There is no fresh meat, and rarely fresh fish. (bring your own and freeze it!) They do sell fresh veg, milk, bread etc. Food can be ordered in advance (tel 01879 230 335 ) Excellent fish can be bought from ‘Watts’ fishmongers on the pier in Oban (walk from the Cal Mac booking office along the front towards town. Watts are down an alley on the right just past the seafood stall (which does excellent crab, prawn and salmon butties. Newspapers arrive with the ferry, a day late! Cooking the kitchen is well equipped and includes a fridge-freezer. There is no auto-washer as there is unsufficient water pressure. There is a cooker with a ceramic hob. PLEASE DON’T USE ABRASIVE CLEANERS ON THIS! First Port of Call  is a café restaurant on the main street. Telephone/wifi   There is no telephone at the property (nor is there a TV). If you have a mobile, the island now has 4G. Reception is not universal though. We have Wifi. Money  There is no bank on the island, but there is a Post Office. Midges  We are often asked about midges. Coll is much better than mainland Scotland as there is usually a breeze which stops them flying. In July and August they can never-the-less occasionally be a problem on still evenings. May, June and September are usually virtually midge free. Avon ’s Woodland Fresh body oil is the best repellant. Medical  There is a doctor and nurse on the isle, but no hospital or dentist, but there is a special constable.  Doctor’s tel 230326. Vets  There is a vet on Tiree, but not on Coll. Phone them if you have a problem, and you can jump on the ferry, be seen on the pier at Tiree, and jump back on the returning ferry. Being a sheep farming area, sheep ticks can be an occasional problem. However, they can carry the potentially dangerous Lyme- disease bug. We recommend you treat your dog before you go with ‘Frontline Spot-On’. This preparation kills ticks very quickly, minimising the chance of them transmitting any disease. Seals. If you want to swim with seals (wet suit recommended), Torastan is probably the best spot. For simply bathing, Breachacha Bay is very shallow and gently sloping, with no serious currents. Wait for the tide to flood over hot sand in the afternoon, and it’s nearly tolerably warm. Birds. The R.S.P.B. Visitor Centre is situated at Totronald Farm. The reserve itself is informal – you may wander more at less at will, excluding the corncrake hay meadows in summer. Bike Hire Bike hire is from the Post Office and advisable to book in advance on 230329. Otters  Otter watching is an acquired art, but there are a few about if you know how and where. Find yourself a vantage point, preferably on a promontory, and sit tight making sure you do not break the skyline. Mid-tide is often best. If you see otters far away, approach them whilst they are under water, which is normally for at least 12 seconds. Therefore walk for 10 seconds once they dive, crouch, wait for them to surface and dive again, and repeat! The bay at Arinagour is an extremely good spot, observing from the roadside. Golf There is a 9 hole golf course. Fees payable to Coll Hotel. BreakagesPlease let us know, as soon as possible, if any item is damaged. We can then ensure it is replaced in readiness for our next guests. Guests will be billed for major damages and breakages. Rubbish. Please don’t leave bags outside, as seagulls raid them! We have a wheelie bin (the grey one) at the field gate. The bin will only be emptied if the lid shuts. Water Supply. The water comes from a spring that flows even in times of drought, and is of excellent quality and taste. It is filtered and UV treated. Sanitation. The property has a septic tank. Please do not dispose of non- degradable products such as sanitary items and nappies down the toilet, or use bleach or other chemicals. Smoke Alarms have been fitted in the kitchen and hall areas   Dogs One well-behaved dog is permitted, though as the isle is still a thriving sheep-farming community, your dog must be sheep-steady.                                                Departure .  Please vacate the property by 11 a. on the day of departure to allow our house-keeper adequate time to clean before the next guests arrive IMPORTANT NOTICES Book your ferries early as demand can be high especially (but not only) at peak of summer The property is bounded on two sides by a deep ditch. Steep banks fall to deep water, with no immediate crawl- out point. Young children should therefore be kept under supervision. Useful phone numbers Paula Jamieson, Housekeeper 01879 230 012 Doctor 01879 230326               Vets (Tiree)   01879 220435 The Coll Hotel 01879 230334 CalMac, Coll 01879 230 347 CalMac, Oban 01631 566688 Cal Mac reservations 08705 650000 Island Stores 01879 230484  First Port of Coll 01879 230262 Co-op on Tiree 01879 220326

Coll in winter

The cottage is in an idyllic

spot - but 600 yards from

the road - 4 x 4 needed in

winter, and comfort with

adverse camber and rut-

straddling required - not a

difficult drive if you are

used to that stuff we have

never been thwarted by our

'back-route' though the

main track can be

impassable most of the

winter. It is possible you

may have to walk the final

leg.

Winter access also creates constraints for our housekeeper - she cant get down much of the time so may not be able to have heating on in advance and you would need to collect linen from village. You may have to accept it how previous guests have left the place if she hasnt been able to sort. Also the is a real risk of ferries been cancelled due to gales - if you have to be back by a specific time dont chance it - it really is life on the edge over winter If you do go and get stuck then you are ok there till next guests get - if you cant escape they cant take your place!! And if you cant get due to the weather then we will refund your accommodation monies minus your deposit which we will hold against another booking. BUT it can be the most fantastic experience at that time of year - huge numbers of geese, starling murmurations, great northern divers on the sea