Islay is a predominantly rural island, with even the main town of Bowmore being no larger than a village. Islay self-catering accommodations are therefore mainly cottages and larger detached properties out of town, many of which are very close to the coast. Real whisky fans will relish the opportunity to sample the nearby distilleries' products.
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Our search page's selection of filters can help you find the perfect rental in Islay. In Islay, 186 accommodation types include internet. So, if you need internet access during your holidays, use the internet filter to compare this type of accommodation. You can even find rentals if you want to sweat it out in a sauna (10 rentals include saunas in Islay) or you want a rental with a jacuzzi (1 rentals with hot tubs).
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Get behind the scenes of Scotland's national drink on Islay
Any foodie will know that Islay is synonymous with whisky production, and each of the island's eight distilleries offers tours around the production facilities for visitors. Bowmore, one of the largest and most visited distilleries, has a visitor centre with audio visual displays and a range of tours. Real enthusiasts can book a specialist tour and be guided by an expert, or full-day experiences involving peat cutting, a tour of the warehouses, and lunch. Location-wise, Laphroaig is hard to beat – it's set right on the beach and offers great views out to sea. All distilleries have shops and most have catering facilities as well, with Ardbeg's restaurant earning rave reviews.
There's also a good range of places to eat at on Islay – each village has its own pub serving great food. Look for places offering local seafood, which is some of Scotland's best.
History and the active life for kids on Islay
Chances are that the kids will be happy with the beaches on Islay. However, if you're looking for something a bit different, the Mactaggart Leisure Centre in Bowmore offers year-round leisure facilities. Its pool's water is heated by the distillery next door!
The family-friendly Museum of Islay Life offers guides and information sheets aimed at younger visitors. Older children will enjoy the walk up to the American Monument on the Oa Peninsula, which commemorates a 1918 shipwreck. Enjoy the stunning cliff views – on a clear day, the Northern Irish coast is clearly visible.
Wildlife and gorgeous beaches on Islay
Islay's beaches are consistently highly rated by travel experts. Although the water might not be tropical, the white sands and turquoise seas make for a Caribbean atmosphere. Kilnaughton Beach, near Port Ellen, is sandy and has shallow waters perfect for paddling and swimming. Walk 2km from to beach to the Singing Sands, a peaceful spot where the seal population vastly outnumbers visitors.
Islay's hilly interior is a haven for wildlife, with golden eagles, deer, and around 200 species of birds. In the sea, otters, dolphins, and even whales can be seen at certain times of the year. Many companies offer guided tours for wildlife spotting – join one for an unforgettable experience. The RSPB reserve on the island makes for a good starting point for wildlife enthusiasts.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to rent a holiday home in Islay?
On average, a Bed & Breakfast rentals or Cottage in Islay costs £60 per night.
How many holiday homes are available to book in Islay?
July is the time of year with the highest amount of Bed & Breakfast rentals and Cottage available in Islay, so you'll find plenty of great holiday deals during this month.
What is the most popular holiday home amenity in Islay?
When booking a holiday home in Islay, consider looking for accommodation with internet, TVs, or gardens, which are the three most popular amenities for this destination.
How many holiday homes are on offer in Islay?
Holidaymakers looking for accommodation in Islay will be pleased to know that there are 142 options on offer, with prices starting from just £60 per night.
How do I find deals on holiday lettings in Islay?
You can get great value holiday homes in Islay with prices for a let beginning at £60 - and HomeToGo has introduced plenty of filters that make it quick and simple to discover the best deals. If you're still selecting dates for your break, search with HomeToGo's flexible dates technology to scan for low-price time periods and get discounts of up to 23%. Furthermore, HomeToGo's 'distance from' filter makes it easy to find hidden gem holiday homes in great value, lesser-known spots with good proximity to your desired destination, whether that's a beach, lake, ski region or city centre. Start searching with time to spare to take advantage of the greatest variety of options and the best deals - and do so with confidence by utilising HomeToGo's 'free cancellation' filter as you look for the perfect holiday home.
What are the advantages of choosing a holiday home in Islay with HomeToGo?
From increased privacy away from the crowds to more space to enjoy with your loved ones, holiday homes in Islay provide a variety of benefits. HomeToGo provides real reviews written by previous guests, and searching is secure, easy, and stress-free - so with 142 lettings from 15 providers in the region, you're guaranteed to uncover the perfect holiday home with all of the amenities that are important to you in Islay.
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