Getting to Coll

Your Project Trust volunteering adventure begins with a trip to the Scottish Hebridean Isles. Coming to Coll is an experience which all Project Trust volunteers share, helps build a partnership between us and our volunteers and is a memorable trip in itself. It also gives us an idea of how prospective volunteers might cope in new and unique situations. We place our volunteers in challenging projects overseas – making the journey out to Coll is just the first part of demonstrating your commitment to a year’s volunteering.

Your volunteering adventure starts here

MV Clansman arriving at Coll pier

Glasgow Icon Stage 1 – Get to Glasgow

Unless you already live between Glasgow and Oban in Scotland, the first stage of your journey will be to make your way to Glasgow the day before your Selection Course starts. You will need to ensure that you arrive in Glasgow before 5pm to give yourself time to catch the last evening train or bus to Oban which leave just after 6pm.

Please use the links below to explore your options for cheap flights, trains or buses to Glasgow.

Ferry Icon Stage 2 – Glasgow to Oban

Your public transport options for getting from Glasgow to Oban are either Train from Queen Street Station or Bus from Buchanan Street Bus Station. The journey takes just over three hours and the last train and bus leave Glasgow just after 6pm in the evening. You will be catching an early morning ferry to Coll from Oban on the first day of your Selection Course, so you will need to spend the night before the course in Oban.

Oban is full of cheap Bed and Breakfasts and youth hostels, all within short walking distance of the pier. We particularly recommend Oban Backpackers Plus, where Project Trust volunteers receive a ten percent discount (we will provide the discount code in your Selection Course Joining Instructions). Oban Tourist Office (01631 563122) has full listings of other accommodation available.

Please use the links below to explore your options for trains or buses to Oban.

Project Trust Map Marker Stage 3 – Oban to Coll

The final stage of your journey takes you from Oban to the small Hebridean Isle of Coll. This beautifully scenic ferry crossing is about 50 miles and takes almost three hours. You will need to collect your Return Ticket from the Caledonian MacBrayne ticket office before boarding the ferry (your ticket is included as part of your selection deposit so you don’t need to pay for this).

We will meet you off the ferry on Coll and drive you the final six miles of your journey to the Hebridean Centre at Ballyhaugh, where we are based.

The ferry leaves Coll very early in the morning, we will tell you the time in your Selection Course Joining Instructions but you can check the timetable using the Caledonian MacBrayne link below.

Ferry Icon Returning Home

Leaving Coll, you arrive in Oban mid-afternoon of the day that your course finishes. The last train and bus leave Oban just after 6pm which means you would arrive in Glasgow by 9.30pm.

Some of our Selection Candidates find that onward travel from Glasgow after 9.30pm is not possible and choose to find overnight accommodation in Oban or Glasgow before continuing their journey the following day.

“Every volunteer has an amazing connection with Coll because it is where the Project Trust experience starts. Going there offers the opportunity to spend time with people like you who are going through the same process.”

Isobel, Honduras Gap Year Volunteer

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