Lochview Cottage

Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay, Argyll

Lochview Cottage is at the west end of the beautiful village of Port Charlotte, with uninterrupted views across Lochindaal to Laggan and the Oa.

It offers twin-bedded accommodation for two people and also has a double sofa-bed in the kitchen/sitting room.

The Cottage has off-the-road parking and is three minutes’ stroll from the centre of the village.

All linen is provided, but please bring your own towels.

Well-behaved dogs and other pets are welcome. There is a fenced and gated area to the rear of the Cottage, which contains a whirligig clothes-line and a picnic table

Front of Lochview CottageFront of Lochview CottageView over to Laggan

The view over to Laggan from the front window of the Cottage

Looking from Lochview towards the Paps

We have a no-smoking policy inside the Cottage.

In the passing...

Something about Islay

For those who are not familiar with the island, Islay is the southernmost of the Inner Hebrides, off the West Coast of Scotland.

Islay is famed for its malt whisky. Most of the Islay malt whiskies are strongly flavoured by the smoke of the peat fires over which the malt is kilned. There are eight working distilleries: Bruichladdich, Kilchoman, Bowmore, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig, together with a maltings at Port Ellen. A ninth, Port Charlotte Distillery was created in 1829, changed its name to Lochindaal Distillery and closed in 1929. It is being rebuilt by the owners of Bruichladdich Distillery. Liz has created an extensive series of batiks of the Islay distilleries (please see the Distilleries Gallery, which also shows a set of all eight distilleries and the maltings (or Jura Distillery) in one frame).

Fèis Ile, a combination of a music festival and a malt whisky festival, takes place at the end of May, beginning of June each year. Like the Lagavulin Jazz Festival in the middle of September, it brings a lot of fans to Islay.

Islay is world-famous for bird-watching. During the winter, we host the majority of the world populations of Greenland white-fronted and barnacle geese. All year round Islay offers an amazing variety of bird life, including waders and other sea birds, raptors and the rare chough.

There are many historic and prehistoric sites on the Island, including Finlaggan, the seat of the Lords of the Isles, Kildalton Chapel with its famous celtic cross and Kilchiaran Chapel, claimed to be St. Columba's first landfall when he came from Ireland and before he moved on to Iona.

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