26 Shore Street, Bowmore, Isle of Islay
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The island of Islay is the most southerly of the Inner Hebrides and is easily accessible by road and by plane. The island boasts 130 miles of unspoilt coastline with a seemingly endless choice and variety of coastal scenery. There are small, enclosed sandy beaches, expansive strands of white sand, massive cliffs, and rocky pools. Islay's climate is surprisingly warm because of the Gulf Stream and its weather is pleasant and sunny, more often than you might expect!
The location and scenery make Islay a sanctuary for bird-life. Apart from the famous barnacle geese, you'll see coughs, oyster catchers, herons, curlews and lapwings all around and it's not unusual to see eagles or a hen harrier. In 2008, the BBC Springwatch program was located in Islay and the nearby RSPB bird sanctuary brings many visitors to the island for bird-life alone. As well as the rich birdlife, seals abound in many areas of the island and otter sightings are not unusual.
Islay has 8 working distilleries - all of which are known around the world. Each of the distilleries welcomes visitors and whisky-lovers travel from far and wide to enjoy the Islay experience - especially during the annual Whisky Festival at the end of May. Golfers are also impressed with Islay's hidden gem - The Machrie Golf Links. This is an 18 hole championship course which is of a standard second to none. You'll enjoy challenging holes and breath-taking views - but, there will be no queues at the tees!
Fishing, whether sea or loch, is another Islay delight. There are many local people ready to guide tourists round the island for any type of fishing.
Islay's history can be seen all around. From the breath-taking Kildalton Cross (850AD), to Finlaggan - the ancient home of McDonald - Lord of the Isles. Islay's more recent history is interestingly presented at the Islay Museum.
But, if you simply want to relax, then Islay's sheer beauty will enchant and refresh you. Visiting the quaint villages of Port Charlotte, Portnahaven, and Bridgend will reward you with a reminder of how beautiful the Scottish islands are.
- Sleeps - 6-8
- Bedrooms - 3 (2 doubles and 1 twin)
- Bathrooms - 2
- Washing machine
- 2 flat screen TVs, 2 DVD players and a hi-fi
- Open fire
- Underfloor heating
- Balcony with table and chairs
- Pets welcome
- Cot and high chair available
- Short breaks - Nov to Feb or late availability
- Edge of Bowmore - Islay's biggest village
- Islay Airport - 4 miles
- Pub/restaurant - round the corner!
- Machrie Golf Links - 5 miles
- Coastal walks
- Swimming pool
- Distillery visitor centres
- RSPB reserve
- Fishing - sea and loch
- Bird watching
- Boat trips
- Islay museum
26 Shore Street is a renovated and extended turn-of-the-century house. From the outside it looks like a traditional, whitewashed cottage but inside the transformation includes 3 luxurious bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower-room - both with constant hot-water, a comfortable sitting room with open fire, and a wonderful kitchen/dining room looking out over the harbour with glass doors opening out onto the balcony. The bedrooms are downstairs allowing you to enjoy the uninterrupted and unspoiled views across the water as you dine or relax.
The 2 double bedrooms look out over the water and, with your window open at night, you'll fall asleep listening to the waves. All the mattresses are highest quality and you'll enjoy fresh bedding and towels. The house has wooden floors throughout with underfloor heating keeping the house consistently warm.
On arrival the caretaker will welcome you with a bottle of chilled wine, teas or coffee, and you'll be shown round before being left alone to enjoy your stay.
Islay is one of the few islands with an airport and there are regular flights from Glasgow with Flybe. Alternatively you can take the ferry from Kennacraig (between Tarbert and Campbeltown) which is just over 100 miles from Glasgow through breathtaking scenery. The ferry sails into either Port Ellen or Port Askaig.
From Port Ellen: Entering Bowmore from Port Ellen you will join the Main Street at the top looking down towards the harbour. Take the last turning on the right, at the bottom of the street. As you head out of Bowmore, towards Bridgend, 26 Shore Street is on the left facing the Bank of Scotland.
From Port Askaig: From the ferry, follow the road to Bridgend. Carry straight on through the village and 4 miles further on round the bay, you'll arrive in Bowmore. Watch out for the Bank of Scotland on your left. 26 Shore Street is directly opposite the bank, on your right.
Heating and logs for the fire are included in the rental price.
Bed linen and towels are provided.
A week's supply of teas, filter and instant coffees, cooking oils and spices, dishwasher and washing machine tablets are provided as well as some bubble bath. A bottle of fizzy wine awaits you on arrival along with tea, coffee and biscuits.
Cost and availability
This delightful Islay holiday cottage is rented out throughout the year. Change over day is Saturday. Check out by 11am, check in after 3.30pm.
Short breaks available out of season (Nov-Feb) or late availability.
Discount for couples.
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26 Shore Street, Bowmore, Islay PA43 7PL Scotland