Availability (at 19/11/17):
Main house: Nov 19-25, Dec 2-19,
Christmas week (Dec 20-27), Jan 4 onwards
Guest house: Nov 19-December 18
New Year (Dec 28-Jan 4)
Tel: 00 39 344 045 6449
Three-bed cottage and independent one-bed wooden guest house designed by Dualchas architects. Located on a lovely, sandy beach at Kilnaughton Bay on the Isle of Islay. For rent together or separately all year round. Pets welcome.
In the main (white-washed) house: 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open plan kitchen-diner and lounge around a central chimney with a wood-burner. Oak and slate floors, wireless internet. Sleeps 6 comfortably, can accommodate up to 8.
The larch-clad guest house sleeps 2-3. One double bedroom, shower-room, kitchen-diner and a lounge with sofa bed overlooking the beach. Douglas fir panels, heated stone floor tiles & large wood-burner give it a cosy, modern feel.
Weekly lets Saturday-Saturday from April to October, short-stays possible at other times. Winter stays from £550/week.
Close to the lovely fishing village of Port Ellen. Ardbeg, Laphroaig & Lagavulin distilleries are within walking distance on off-road path.
The quickest way to get to and from Islay is by plane. There are daily flights from Glasgow all year round. For most of the year there are morning and evening flights on and off the island with just a morning flight on Saturdays and an evening flight on Sundays. The frequency increases up to three times a day in summer.
The service is operated by Loganair on behalf of FlyBe. See www.flybe.com or telephone +44 (0) 13 922 685 13.
Ferries to Islay leave from Kennacraig (Tel: 01880 730253) on the Mull of Kintyre. Kennacraig is 105 miles from Glasgow and about 500 miles from London. The drive from Glasgow usually takes two and a half hours. Flying saves you a lot of time but you miss out on a drive through some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland.
You go up the western edge of Loch Lomond, skirt round the top of Loch Long and then down the western shore of Loch Fyne. A good place to break your trip is at the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, which is about half-way between Glasgow and Kennacraig.
There is nothing at the ferry port, so if you are ahead of schedule and want a cup of tea or to do some shopping, you should stop at Tarbert, a small fishing port about five miles before Kennacraig.
If using a SatNav device for the journey from Glasgow, insert “via Inveraray” to ensure you get the correct route.
Ferries operated by Caledonian MacBrayne run from Kennacraig to Port Ellen, which is very convenient for Beach Cottage, and Port Askaig, in the north of the island. There are up to three two-hour crossings per day, depending on the time of year. You can book online at www.calmac.co.uk or by calling +44 (0) 8000 66 5000. Booking is essntial during holiday periods.
If coming from Northern Ireland, the easiest option could be a pick-up by Islay’s super-fast sea taxi operated by Islay Sea Safari They can get you here from Antrim in under an hour. Quick and exciting.
AVAILABILITY AND RATES 2017
Beach Cottage and the guest house are available to rent all year. Bookings Saturday-Saturday from mid-March to the end of October. Weekend and short-stays available November-March and/or at short-notice. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or +39 344 0456 449
Rest of 2017: Week starting September 30 £855 (-10%), Nov 4-Dec 20 £600/week or £100/night + £100 for short stays
2018 main house: Short stays: £100/night + £100; £600/week January 4 to March 25; £975/week March 24 to week ending June 23; £1,050/week 23 June to August 26; £975/week August 26 to week ending October 28; £650/week in November and December (excluding Christmas/New Year which are £1,050/week).
Rest of 2017 guest house: Week starting September 30: £585 (-10%), Nov 4-Dec 20 £500/week. Christmas week Dec 20-27, New Year week Dec 27-Jan 4 (£750/week, dates possibly movable)
2018 guest house: Short stays £100/night + £80; £550/week January 4 to March 25, £700/week March 24 to week ending June 23; £800/week 23 June to week ending August 26; £700/week Aug 26 to week ending October 27; £500/week November/December (excluding Christmas/New Year which are £750/week).