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Islay Cottage

Near Tarbert, Argyll

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Islay Cottage is a striking and beautifully appointed detached holiday home standing in its own extensive gardens, ideal for children and pets.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 4/5 Bedrooms: 2
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (1)
No smoking Bathrooms: 1
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove

It is part of the Carse Estate located in Knapdale, an area of outstanding natural beauty just above the Kintyre peninsula on the west coast of Scotland, some 10 miles from Tarbert.

Facing south west, it looks out across the lawns and fields to the sandy bay at the head of Loch Stornoway which is just a 15 minute walk away and beyond that to the Isles of Islay and Jura.

Inside, there is an unusually-shaped sitting room that has an open fire to keep it cosy. There is also a magnificent conservatory that has both dining and seating areas meaning that you can enjoy this lovely setting in all weathers and all seasons.

The kitchen is well-equipped with lovely views to admire if you choose to linger over the washing up, or you could take advantage of the handy dishwasher. Also on this level is a bright twin bedroom (with an additional camp-bed available on request) with a door out to the sunny conservatory.

Upstairs there is a light and airy double bedroom with slightly coombed ceilings (taller guests may have to watch their heads), a useful en suite WC and a dormer window with lovely views out. The house is double glazed and has electric central heating, as well as the open fire.

Outside there are extensive gardens that are mainly laid to lawn with some lovely shrubs and daffodils aplenty in spring. It is a perfect place for adults to relax and for children and pets to play. Added security is afforded by the cattle grid at the beginning of the drive.

Map & Local

This is a perfect place to get away from it all. The quiet road meanders on up the coast, affording fantastic views across to the islands of Islay and Jura.

Right beside the road you can see the lazy seals basking on the rocks, who are totally unfazed by your progress. There is an award-winning inn (open from April to October) 3 miles away at Kilberry. The nearest shops are at Tarbert (10 miles) where there are several good restaurants (with the focus on seafood) and where there is also a golf course and facilities for yachtsmen. Fishing is also available locally.

Trips are possible to north and south. To the south, you can head on down the Mull of Kintyre, or stop at Kennacraig and take the boat to Islay (two hour crossing). A little further on, from Tayinloan you can cross to little Gigha and visit the Achamore Gardens.

To the north, through Lochgilphead (with leisure centre and all facilities) you can head on up Loch Awe towards Oban, or visit the prehistoric cairns and circles at Kilmartin Glen, which date from 3000 BC. This is good sailing country too - at Ardrishaig you are on the Crinan Canal, where along the interesting towpath walk (with good refreshment stops), you can watch the yachts passing through out to the Atlantic.

Local Events and Attractions


Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.




Sitting room with open fire, TV/V/DVD and hi-fi
Conservatory/dining room
Kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, cooker, washing machine, etc
Twin bedroom plus camp bed or futon available on request for an additional child
Bathroom with bath and shower over, WC and basin.


Double bedroom (king-size) with en suite WC and wash basin.

What's included


Available Extras

Linen & Towels (per person)
Travel Cot


Bed linen and towels are available to hire. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by electric central heating and open fire (1 basket of logs INCLUDED). Water is from a private source which is regularly tested; however (as is typical in many parts of Scotland) it can become discoloured, particularly after heavy rainfall. Guests may therefore prefer to bring bottled water to drink. A maximum of 1 dog is welcome at an additional charge (1 medium or 1 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.



The calendar below shows dates which are either available or booked for this property. Use the Book Now menu above to select your desired holiday dates.

Changeover Day: Sat

Booked Available

Weekly Prices

The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).

  • 2 Week Discount (£25)
  • Save 15% Christmas 2018 From 20/12/2018 to 26/12/2018
  • Save 15% New Year 2018 From 29/12/2018 to 04/01/2019

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 4
27 Oct 2018 - 19 Dec 2018 £345.00
20 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018 £595.00
28 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019 £595.00
06 Jan 2019 - 08 Feb 2019 £345.00
09 Feb 2019 - 05 Apr 2019 £395.00
06 Apr 2019 - 26 Apr 2019 £495.00
27 Apr 2019 - 10 May 2019 £395.00
11 May 2019 - 24 May 2019 £495.00
25 May 2019 - 31 May 2019 £595.00
01 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019 £495.00
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019 £595.00
31 Aug 2019 - 20 Sep 2019 £495.00
21 Sep 2019 - 11 Oct 2019 £395.00
12 Oct 2019 - 01 Nov 2019 £495.00
02 Nov 2019 - 19 Dec 2019 £345.00
20 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019 £595.00
28 Dec 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 £595.00
06 Jan 2020 - 05 Jan 2021 POA
06 Jan 2021 - 05 Jan 2022 POA

Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.


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This property is tired. The kitchen is overwhelmed by the HUGE central heating boiler and is much too small to accommoda...

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Even though I was aware there was no WiFi we found the lack of phone signal disconcerting. I think this should be noted ...

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I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.


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