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Looking for a special place to stay on Islay

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Looking for a special place to stay on Islay

I am planning a family trip to Islay September 2013, to coincide with the Jazz festival.

Up to 25 of us - from babies to teens to the less young.

Keen to see some wildlife, walk some beaches, check the Jazz and drink some (well, quite a lot of) whisky.

Question is - where can we stay? In the past, we've found the only places that can hold us are Landmark Trust or National Trust houses, castles, etc. that have lots of rooms.

We prefer self-catering, want to be together, and would prefer to be near the beach.

A web search suggests that there is little chance of this...

Any advice?

Thanks

Richard

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1. Re: Looking for a special place to stay on Islay

You are unlikely to find one self-catering property which will accommodate all of you, but you may well find a group of smaller properties which are close enough to make it still feel like one party.

Try this one: http://ileach.co.uk/craigard/

Or maybe this: http://www.islay-accommodation.co.uk/

Although to be honest, neither of those are in the most attractive parts of the island, and they are not near beaches.

There's an agency called Cottages and Castles which specialises in larger self-catering properties. This one is pretty big http://www.cottages-and-castles.co.uk/properties/Argyll-And-The-Isles/The-Isles/Octovullin-Farmhouse*A455

....but not big enough!

However, if you are prepared to cross the five-minute stretch of water to the neighbouring island of Jura, you could book these two very large properties, which are within walking distance of each other:

http://www.cottages-and-castles.co.uk/properties/Argyll-And-The-Isles/The-Isles/Ruantallain*A584

http://www.cottages-and-castles.co.uk/properties/Argyll-And-The-Isles/The-Isles/Tarbert-Lodge*A383

If they happen to be available at the same time, they would make a very special place to stay, and you would be able to attend the jazz festival and visit the Islay distilleries from there. And they have their own lovely beaches.

Edited: 4:23 am, September 12, 2012
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2. Re: Looking for a special place to stay on Islay

The only singular place in Islay that can accomodate 25 people would be the youth hostel in Port Charlotte (30 beds in total) - syha.org.uk/hostels-in-scotland/…-islay.aspx

I'd check out the Bowmore Cottages (http://cottages.bowmore.co.uk/). The distillery has six cottages on and around the distillery grounds, The six cottages sleep from 2-14 people in each (39 in total - plus infants in cots).

Kintra Farm (http://www.kintrafarm.co.uk) has four cottages (22 beds) plus B&B rooms in addition (and a campsite).

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3. Re: Looking for a special place to stay on Islay

Great ideas from whisky traveller. Kintra is a great spot, close to an enormous beach, and not far from Lagavulin, which sponsors the festival and where some of the events take place.

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Another vote for Bowmore cottages........and lovely gardens right down to the sea.

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5. Re: Looking for a special place to stay on Islay

Great recommendations from WhiskyTraveller, both Kintra and Bowmore would be brilliant uniquely Islay spots- in quite different ways. If anyone in your party is a whisky enthusiast, then the Bowmore cottages would be just an amazing stay ( though more expensive). Kintra has you placed right in the heart of what Islay's landscape is all about... I wish I was back in either right now!

If you went for Bowmore cottages but could not get sufficient capacity, the

http://www.theinnsoverby.co.uk/ is right next door ( and one of its fab upstairs room has a shower looking directly into the distillery, our friends claimed it to be the most sublime shower ever!). You would ceratinly need to be booking asap for large numbers for that time, all of the special event weekends have a lot of regulars, and Islay has limited accommodation for busy times.

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6. Re: Looking for a special place to stay on Islay

I'm delighted with your responses - thank you for your thoughtful suggestions. I have no doubt we will find something amongst these.

I am very excited at the thought of Islay....

Happy travellings.

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7. Re: Looking for a special place to stay on Islay

Add Tigh Cargaman to your list. http://www.tighcargaman.com/ Just near Port Ellen there are three cottages on one site, and so offer a means of aggregating your group, but not that it can take everyone. So maybe in combination with other places it could help you get all the beds you need!

I knew the previous owners, and it was fantastic under their management. I think they also did B&B from their ample house, making the whole place a lovely mix of self-catering and catered. I'm not sure if the new proprietors are still doing this - might be worth calling to discuss.

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8. Re: Looking for a special place to stay on Islay

Hi there Richard, have a look at www.myislay.co.uk which can cater for 11/12 people plus cot(s). 1 mile to Port Ellen and walking distance to a beach, and of course only a couple of miles from Lagavulin for the jazz.

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9. Re: Looking for a special place to stay on Islay

Thank you!

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10. Re: Looking for a special place to stay on Islay

I'd go with the hostel, its a perfect spot right by the beach, and benches outside to enjoy Loch Indaal. Its also one the smartest Scottish hostels, and has an excellent big kitchen and lounge