Isle of Islay Holiday Cottages

One of the southernmost islands in the Inner Hebrides archipelago, the stunning Isle of Islay on Scotland's west coast is known for its scenic landscapes, rich cultural heritage and whisky production. The latter means the island makes up a significant stretch of Scotland's "Whisky Coast", with nine working distilleries producing the world-renowned peaty flavours of Islay whiskys. Visit during the last week of May and you can partake in the Islay Festival of Music and Malt, an annual event celebrating all things Islay, especially whisky! Throw in fantastic birdlife, amazing seafood and a dramatic coastline, and it's easy to see why this is such a great spot for a memorable holiday in Scotland. The island is easily accessible with daily ferries from Kennacraig on the Scottish mainland, or you can fly directly to Islay Airport from Glasgow. From a luxury apartment in a picturesque village to a cosy cottage in secluded surroundings, search our selection of accommodation on the Isle of Islay for a unique island getaway with your loved ones.

Views across the Isle of Islay in Ayrshire, Scotland

Luxury holiday cottages on Islay

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Coastal holiday cottages on Islay

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Things to do in Islay from your holiday cottage in Scotland

Visit some of Scotland's most iconic whisky distilleries...
The Isle of Islay makes up a prominent part of Scotland's "Whisky Coast", thanks to the abundance of world-class distilleries in this remote and stunning location. Renowned for their distinctive peaty and smoky flavours, there are a whopping nine different distilleries here, each with their own unique offering. The famous distilleries are Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Caol Ila, Kilchoman, Bunnahabhain and Adrnahoe. Most of them have distillery shops and offer guided tours, allowing you to learn all about the whisky-making process and then sample a wee dram or two. Some distilleries host special events throughout the year, especially during the island's annual Islay Festival of Music and Malt, held in the last week of May.

Explore the island's beautiful sandy beaches...
The island is blessed with several beautiful beaches, offering a mix of sandy shores, rugged cliffs and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. For a tranquil setting surrounded by dunes, head to the stunning beach of Singing Sands (Traigh Bhan) on the southeastern side of Islay. It gets its name from the unique sound the sand makes when you walk on it. Other popular beaches include Machir Bay, known for its expansive sandy shores; Saligo Bay, with its incredible sunset views; Kilnaughton Bay, with its crystal-clear waters; and Ballygrant Bay, a popular spot for birdwatching. Book luxury accommodation near the beach for a romantic getaway or weekend away off Scotland's beautiful west coast.

Hike or cycle your way along the coast...
The island's stunning scenery, coastal beauty and surrounding countryside offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, as the area is full of hiking, walking and cycling trails. Follow coastal paths to iconic landmarks like the American Monument and the Carraig Fhada Lighthouse on Islay's west coast, the ruins of Finlaggan chapel on Loch Finlaggen, or the medieval Kilchoman Cross in the Machir Bay area. The Whisky Coast Cycling Route and the Three Distilleries Path are both popular cycling routes that take you along the coastline, past several of the island's renowned distilleries. Soak up magnificent sea views then savour the taste of Islay's whisky heritage. Our self-catering Islay cottages allow you to explore the island at your own pace, whether that's with strenuous coastal hikes, gentle beachfront walks or scenic village strolls.

Isle of Islay