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Enjoy a traditional Hebrides welcome with self catering cottages in Islay

Islay is the southernmost island in the Inner Hebrides. The island is known as Queen of the Hebrides and has a rich history stretching back to prehistoric settlements. In more recent times, the island was home to a Norse settlement and was part of the Gaelic Kingdom of Dail Riata during the Middle Ages. Many of the traditional customs such as observance of the Sabbath and use of the Gaelic language remain common throughout the island where a warm welcome awaits travellers.

HomeAway has a diverse selection of holiday cottages in Islay. Large groups and families of ten or more may wish to consider one of the traditional cottages with popular amenities such as dishwashers, inviting living rooms with satellite television and DVD players and bathrooms with power showers. A cosy cabin may be more of an appropriate choice for couples and solo travellers, and many are also located within easy reach of the coast. Those visiting during the summer months can also make use of the barbeque facilities available at many of the self catering cottages in Islay.

Whilst holiday cabins in Islay offer a peaceful and tranquil base from which to explore local wildlife, landscapes and historical sites, The Scottish Islands and Mainland have a great deal more to offer to visitors of all ages. From holiday cottages in Castle Douglas there is a wealth of Roman and recent history to discover, whilst cottages in Moray are the ideal base for those wishing to explore traditional Scottish villages in abundance.

Things to do

History: The island enjoys a long and rich history with evidence of Mesolithic flint tools which were used by some of the earliest settlers to the area. The entire history of the island has been well catalogued and the Museum of Islay Life is home to many artefacts as well as knowledgeable staff. In addition, there are a number of local tour guides to chart local landmarks and places of interest.

Whiskey: Islay is famed for its whiskey and it is believed that Irish monks first introduced distilling on the island as the ground was so fertile. Even now, it is widely acknowledged that the peat rich soil and pure water help to produce the best barley for whiskey making. There are a number of distilleries on the island with visitors centres, factory tours and tastings available.

Family activities: The flat landscape and welcoming atmosphere make Islay holiday cottages the perfect home from home for families. There are many walks suitable for younger children with plenty of activities to take part in on route. In addition, the Islay Natural History Centre has a number of interactive activities for young minds, and there are daily sea tours where guests can spot dolphins and other marine life.

Horse riding: The hills and flats of the island make them the ideal location for pony trekking. There are a number of equestrian centres where visitors of all ages and abilities may be matched with a suitable steed and all the equipment they could need for a slow, gentle trot through the idyllic countryside.

Weather

The meeting of the Gulf Stream and the Atlantic Ocean mean that Islay has a relatively mild climate. Although snow and frosts are rare, strong winds are not uncommon. The weather is known for being highly changeable and the wind is a constant feature. Spring and summer days are very long with June offering almost 18 hours of daylight. The temperatures may rise as high as 16°C in June, July and August, although these are also wet months. During the winter temperatures rarely reach freezing point, although the wind chill factor may make it appear colder and snow can sometimes be seen on the higher lands and hills.

Travel

The only way of reaching your self catering in Islay is by crossing the water. Islay has her own airport (ILY) with arrivals and departures from Glasgow International Airport. The flight takes approximately 40 minutes. Alternatively, the ferry from Kennacraig operates daily and can carry cars as well as a coaches. These run from Glasgow to Islay twice daily. For those arriving by plane, there is a bus service or the option to hire a car.

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                                                                      Cnocachanach cottage is a lovely holiday home near the sea,with a cosy log-burning stove

                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                      We stayed at Cnocachanach for Christmas . The cottage was warm and comfortable even in the weather we experienced gales sleet and hailstones. There are lovely walks from the cottage along the shore We also visited Inveraray 18th century jail which is well worth a visit,and Kilmartin glen with its stone age burial mounds and standing stones. Even in December just before Christmas we found museums and cafes open The cottage is well equipped and very comfortable in a peaceful location about 20mins from Tarbert were there are some shops . A delightful place to stay even in winter.
                                                                      • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2017
                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                      Fantastic holiday home. Book now!

                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                      We stayed here for a week with our family. It was fantastic. Rooms are spacious and clean. The kitchen was left nicely stocked with bits and pieces which was unexpected. Beds were comfy. The sofas in the living room are not sofa beds so our ninth guest put the cushions on floor and slept on those. The house heats quickly and it was lovely to go to sleep and wake up to the sound of the sea. Its a five minute walk to Bruichladdich distillery and everywhere else is easy to get to in car. We would definitely book again and again! We will be telling friends about it too.
                                                                      • Review Submitted: 18-Nov-2016
                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                      Fantastic break in a breath taking location.

                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                      Yealand house was perfect. It's location couldn't have been better and the views were just breathtaking. The house had everything you could possibly need, our only problem was we wished we were staying for a week instead of a weekend. The children loved the path down to the harbour through the trees and we spent a lovely afternoon at the Crinan canal going for a walk and watching the boats. We are looking forward to returning for a longer break.
                                                                      • Review Submitted: 12-Oct-2016
                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016