“We stayed at Katrina's lovely home in June. We had the perfect Scottish island holiday with our family (including grandparents and kids - 2 & 4). The house is situated in Bruccladich. The village has the famous distillery and Botanist gin (highly recommend a tasting) and a great shop, that also serves hot rolls, cakes and excellent coffee. This was a fantastic place to visit and was great for the kids - lots of beaches, a few minutes to an excellent play park, ceramics studios, rock pools etc. The house itself is situated on the end of the pier. It was well equipped and has 4 good sized bedrooms and plenty of bathrooms. It was clean and the beds were very comfortable. Upstairs there is an incredible view of the coastline and 2 seating areas. We discovered lots of toys and books and (had the weather been bad) we could happily have spent a lot of time here. The kitchen was great to all sit in together and the large pebble garden is fully enclosed, so we could let the kids enjoy themselves outside. There is also a bbq and seating area outside. Immediately beside the house is a small beach, ideal for pre dinner paddles after a day sightseeing. We would love to return and can highly recommend this swap.”
Where is it?
Islay and Pier House are the perfect places to unwind and relax. The friendly island life and the serenity of the island and property allow for complete peace. There is still plenty to do if you so wish. The island is famous for its heavily peated whiskies and boasts 9 distilleries which are open for tours and tasting.
The island hosts some amazing festivals and events including the Feis Iles, the annual whisky festival which draws people the world over. Live music and events over this week long festival pack the island with visitors and performers. The Cantilena music festival follows this and the performers use Pier House during there week of performances all over the island.
There are so many beautiful unspoiled beach's, sea adventures, fishing and crabbing opportunities plus so much nature everywhere you go. Seal watching is frequent and dolphins and other amazing sea animals and birds visit the Islay.
The winter months see the arrival of the migrating geese and it's a bird watchers haven.
There are old monuments, amazing walks, sacred places and old woollen mill still in operation.
You can take the ferry to Jura just across the water and to other destinations depending on the time of year.
There is a leisure centre and great restaurants and pubs all over the island.
If you enjoy walking then you will be literally spoilt for choice.
The hills, the lochs, the woods, the sea, the beaches, the music, the people make this the most fabulous place to be. And then of course there's the whisky :-)
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