Hi Amy, thanks for booking with us and we're glad you liked Colonsay.
I'd just like to clarify the check out issue.
In high season when we're very busy we ask guests to check out for 10am. If there is nobody coming in that day we try to be flexible but if there is we do have to stick to that time. The island has an incredibly small population and we are very limited in terms of staffing the property and getting all the changeovers done in time. It's very different from the way holiday properties in larger towns run. We would like to be more flexible but sadly this is difficult.
We suggest leaving luggage at the hotel where you can also use the lounge, have lunch/coffee and relax. It's hardly being homeless.
If the ferry leaves at 4pm and you've checked out at 10am that is a 6 hour wait, not 9. There is plenty to do on the island but of course we cannot guarantee the weather in Scotland.
I hope that clarifies the matter.