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Portnahaven Bay looking up to King Street

House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

The Bay is a comfortable, family holiday home situated on the sea front in Portnahaven. The cottage overlooks the bay which has a safe, sandy beach - ideal for playing, swimming, and hunting for crabs. The bay is also home to many seals, which bask on the rocks below the cottage. Portnahaven village has a family friendly pub/restaurant serving local produce, and a small but well stocked village shop. You can buy local honey and eggs in the village, and even crabs and lobster from the fishing boat at the pier. There is a fantastic, relaxed atmosphere, and children can enjoy far greater unsupervised freedom than the mainland.

The Bay is a traditional, two-bedroom fisherman's cottage and sleeps 4/5 people. There is one double bedroom, and a small twin, with room for one more on a sofa bed. A cot and highchair are available on request. There is a large, enclosed back garden, with a barbecue area and picnic seating.

Islay has many breathtakingly beautiful beaches and walks and it's easy to spend your whole holiday enjoying these. The roads around Portnahaven are single track, and popular for cycling. Islay is home to a variety of wildlife and rare birds, and you may spot seals, dolphins, basking sharks, sea eagles, choughs during your stay. Islay is world famous for its nine whisky distilleries, and hosts an annual whisky festival, jazz festival and beach rugby tournament.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Portnahaven Bay 100 m
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Islay
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The Hebrides/Skye region

Portnahaven is situated on the southern tip of the Rhinns Peninsula on the Island of Islay. Islay is known as 'The Queen of the Hebrides' because of it's mild climate and fertile land. It usually has more hours of sunshine than the West Coast of Scotland, and the weather can change from sun to rain and back again very quickly.

The island has many stunning beaches, particularly on the Atlantic Coast. Historically, it was the seat of the Lord of the Isles, and you can visit the remains of their stronghold on the Finlaggan Island. There is a small museum in Port Charlotte.

Islay is popular for family holidays and also swimming, surfing, sea fishing, river fishing, diving, pony trecking, bird watching and cycling. It is world famous for its eight whisky distilleries - Bowmore, Caol Ila, Bunnahabhain, Bruichladdich, Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Kilchoman. and it also has a micro brewery.

There is an annual whisky festival, jazz festival and beach rugby tournament.

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9 Nov 2014


"Absolute Heaven"

Just back from 5 days in Portnahaven, staying in The Bay. The fishermans cottage is right on the bay with fantastic views across the sea. Lots of seals on the rocks and really enjoyed watching their a… More

Thanks for such a glowing review - it's lovely to hear you had such a great holiday, and we look forward to seeing you again in the future!

29 Oct 2014


"Wonderful cottage on a beautiful island"

We had a wonderful holiday staying at the Bay. It is a very clean, warm, well equipped cottage and you really can watch the seals from your window all day long. The island is a fantastic place- grea… More

Thanks for such a glowing report - we're glad you enjoyed your stay and would love to have you back another time!

30 Jun 2014


"Lovely cottage, great holiday"

We had a lovely week in Portnahaven. The cottage is lovely, with seaviews at the front and a garden at the back. We found plenty to do, very good for walking. As another review mentioned it is a goo… More

Thanks very much for your lovely review. We're very glad you enjoyed your stay!

18 Jun 2014


"the bay"

Second time staying here the house is fantastic everything included the pub across the bay serves great food the sunsets are amazing plus the whiskey festival was on .going back next year… More

Great to have you back, and look forward to seeing you again next year!

17 Apr 2014


"What a gorgeous little place to unwind and relax"

We booked 'The Bay' based on previous reviews on Trip Advisor - and we have not been disappointed. The Bay is one of the old fisherman's cottages along the side of the Bay at Portnahav… More

Thanks for your kind review and all the handy tips for others - and also for leaving our cottage so spectacularly clean! Much appreciated!

9 Sep 2013


"Fresh crab caught in the bay"

Great hideaway on the SW tip of Islay. Away from the crowds and a landlady to die for. Watched crab being caught and were presented with some enormous crab claws to eat. We'll definitely be back.… More

13 Jul 2013


"Perfect location for family holiday"

Spent a lovely week on Islay staying in this wee gem of a cottage. Cottage was just perfect for a family holiday, spotlessly clean, well equipped and furnished, and with fantastic view looking out ont… More

12 Jun 2013


"Blissful, idyllic and stunningly beautiful"

I came to Portnahaven for the first time in 2010 on a Motorcycle trip to Islay which is when I discovered the beautiful bay unfolding from around the bend in the road as I approached. It's 18 mil… More

10 Jun 2013


"Amazing views, wildlife and hospitality"

We stayed with our two young children in April this year and it was fantastic. Just as we arrived the seals were in the Bay, literally a stone's throw from the house, and the fire was roaring aw… More

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