Isle of Oronsay

Inner Hebrides

Oronsay is a small, privately owned tidal island located south of Colonsay in the Inner Hebrides with an area of just over 2 square miles, connected to Colonsay by a tidal causeway, An Traigh (The Strand). Having no facilities of its own, it is entirely dependent upon its tidal access to and from Colonsay. The island is best known for Oronsay Priory, a 14th century Augustinian ruin, probably on the same site as the original, founded in 563 by St Oran. Along with southern Colonsay, the island became a Special Protection Area in December 2007 in order to preserve their resident population of Choughs and breeding Corncrakes.