Another fabulous Hebridean island, a perfect place to escape the world. Wander at will and find wild flowers in the machair, a golf course tended by sheep and huge sandy beaches across which cows roam. Wildlife is ever present, from a small colony of wild goats to a rich migratory bird population; the odd golden eagle soars overhead, too. At low tide the sands of the south give access to Oronsay. The island’s 14th-century priory was one of Scotland’s finest and amid impressive ruins its ornate stone cross still stands. As for the hotel, it brims with an easy style – airy interiors, stripped floors, fires everywhere, friendly staff. There’s a locals’ bar for a pint (and a brewery on the island), a pretty sitting room packed with books, a dining room for super food, a decked terrace for drinks in the sun. Bedrooms have local art, warm colours, lovely fabrics and the best beds; some have sea views, all have good bathrooms. Spin around on bikes, search for standing stones, lie in the sun and stare at the sky. There’s a festival in May for all things Colonsay. Wonderful.