WELCOME TO ALL READERS - we hope that many of our titles will be of interest - we value your custom and will try to earn it. All orders will be fulfilled promptly and with care from our own premises here in Colonsay. We use Royal Mail and have to make a charge for P&P, which is clearly indicated.

Overseas customers: the extraodinary cost of postage overseas means that we must now ask you to contact us direct, so that we can charge you only the exact current postage. Just email byrne[at] with the title of interest and intended delivery address, then we will get back to you and arrange the details.

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The Colonsay & Oronsay Pilgrim Trail, a very detailed guide to an historic 12 mile route across this beautiful island. All profits are to be gifted to Colonsay & Oronsay Heritage trust... details and order form are here.


We have created a special page detailing all significant books relevant to Colonsay, as stocked and available at our retail bookshop. See Books about Colonsay.

Whenever you can visit Colonsay we hope that you will call to visit our retail bookshop at Scalasaig, where we stock an amazing range of books, maps, prints and gifts.

CREDIT CARDS: you can use these to purchase anything on our list via PayPal but, if it is easier for you, feel free to telephone us on 01951 200320 or to write with card details and to place your order - but beware, it is not safe to send card details by email unless encrypted. Write to House of Lochar, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll PA61 7YR

WE ARE GROWING OLD: we are not planning to publish any new titles, but we are maintaining certain core and well-respected works in print. Our retail bookshop continues to thrive and all our own titles are still available from this site unless marked as no longer available.


Throughout the pandemic of Covid-19, sales from this website continued as usual. Unfortunately, the Royal Mail services deteriorated to such an extent that we have had to abandon our connection with Amazon, including our online bookshop. However, we do continue to supply within the UK direct from this website. We will acknowledge and fulfil orders at once, and aim to catch the next outgoing mail (N.B. in winter only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday).

A bargain: one of our finest publications ever was "Jack B Yeats: A Vision of Ireland" by John Booth; this is a magnificent volume and was originally published at £35.00 plus postage. Single copies can now be found on offer at up to £140.00 - which is a puzzle to us, because we still have about 80 copies in stock from the original edition. So, we have spent a little time producing a special section on this site which gives full details of the work - and we are now offering our remaining copies at a bargain price of £15.00 plus £3.35 P&P within the UK. This really is an extraordinarily fine book - please have a look at it here. Be sure to scroll down - we reproduce no less than 10 of the 67 paintings which are featured in the book; even if you do not buy a copy, you will enjoy looking.

The Book of Islay is rather special - it is an excellent facsimile edition of the original and rather rare work consisting of source materials. Although of limited interest to the general reader, this is an important work for the serious researcher.

We have created a dedicated website in respect of Daniel Byrne-Rothwell's remarkable series on Irish genealogy. Anyone interested may find it easier to navigate at The series is now complete, and all four volumes are available. Of course, the series is fully covered here as well, "The Byrnes and the O'Byrnes" This important work will remain in print, but the total weight of 2 kg makes overseas postage very expensive. Overseas customers might like to bear it in mind and then have it delivered to a UK address when next they or a friend could pick it up.



Montrose: Cavalier in Mourning by Ronald Williams is detailed here. If you happen to be interested in history, you will be delighted by this detailed and enthralling biography... following which, you will be drawn to three other titles by the same author: Lords of the Isles, The Heather and the Gale and Sons of the Wolf (covering Clan Donald, Clan Campbell and Clan Gregor).

Our retail shop within our main premises in Colonsay is stocked with the cream of Scottish publications. We hope to create an additional on-line shop in the near future, offering interesting books and ephemera from a variety of sources.

We have a number of biographical and genealogical works - for example The Lithuanians in Scotland by John Millar is a brilliant and sensitive account of an important immigrant community. If you have always heard good reports of Keir Hardie or believed in a Socialist ideal, read this - it will make your toes curl. Only £6.99 plus P&P.

This site provides completely secure purchasing facilities and our warehouse in Colonsay is devoted to the supply of retail customers. Postal charges to overseas destinations have now reached such eye-watering levels that we ask you to contact us direct; we can then calculate the exact postage payable and charge accordingly.

We have adopted PayPal as our method for secure transactions, which enables us to accept all major cards as well as PayPal itself.  You will find that the facility now exists throughout this site.

House of Lochar, Scottish Booksellers & Publishers, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll, PA61 7YR, Scotland, UK
Tel/Fax: 01951 200232 | Int Tel: +44 1951 200232
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