I believe that there's an increase lately in the conversion of homes on Islay to Self Catering units and Bed and Breakfasts, judging from the speed in which new properties are listed in the ever growing accommodation database on Islay Info. And it's not only homes that are converted, there is a quirky new type of self catering accommodation available since a few weeks built by Islay's local boat builder. Let's start with the latter:
The first self catering property is something special and as far as I know new for Islay, it's called a Storm-pod, built by Islay's boat builder Storm-Cats, and it's a small self catering unit which sleeps max 4 persons and has everything you need: "prices from Â£30-Â£60 per night ( 4 people only Â£15 each) per night it's one of the cheapest self catering units if you use it with four persons." To find out exactly what it is and how it looks you can visit their Facebook page. I understand from Gus that a second one is in the making and who knows where this ends?
Freewinds Self Catering is located in Shore Street Bowmore and has beautiful views over Loch Indaal: "Freewinds is ideally situated in the village of Bowmore on the banks of Loch Indaal and is convenient for shops, restaurants, bike hire, swimming pool and, of course Bowmore Distillery. The property has three bedrooms, 1 with king size bed and ensuite shower room and two with a superking size bed." For more information on this beautiful self catering cottage visit www.freewindsislayselfcatering.co.uk
Not far from Shore Street is Jamieson Street and here you'll find Tayvullin, a self catering house: "This 3 Bedroomed house sleeps up to 5 people with 1 Double, 1 Twin and 1 Single Bedroom. An extra single guest bed is available upon request. There are 2 Shower Rooms, one upstairs and one downstairs. Downstairs there is a living room with a 3 piece suite, TV with Sky Freesat and Wi-Fi. There is a Fully equipped Kitchen with Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer, Microwave, Electric Hob and Oven, Table and Chairs. Off of this there is a Utility room with a Washing Machine and Tumble Drier." This house if from the same owners as Octofad B&B in Port Charlotte. Continue Reading
The next self catering property is located in one of the most beautiful parts of Islay, on the edge of Portnahaven next to Port Wemyss: "An Corran is a large newly converted, 2 storey cottage located in the picturesque fishing village of Portnahaven. It has stunning views over to Rhinns lighthouse on Orsay Island and out to sea, with the Donegal coast, Ireland, visible on a clear day. The property has central heating, is very comfortable and practical, with plenty of living space and can easily accommodate 7/8 persons." This property has no website but you can find more information in the Accommodation Directory
There are two new Bed and Breakfasts as well. The first one is Keepers Cottage: "Coullabus Keepers Cottage is a traditional built detached house located near Loch Gruinart Nature reserve at the north end of the island. The rural setting and lack of light pollution makes this an ideal location for star gazing. We offer a double and a twin room, both with en-suite and tea/coffee making facilities. Our dining room provides a varied seasonal menu and in the evening you can relax in the guest sitting room and enjoy an open fire and TV. A wireless Internet connection is available in all rooms."
The last new property for now, and by no means the least, is Swallows Roost B&B, a beautiful house located on the Oa near Port Ellen: "Swallow's Roost is a family home situated in a peaceful hilltop, with views of the stunning surroundings. Swallows Roost has 1 kingsize bedroom with ensuite shower room and 1 double bedroom with ensuite shower room. There is a large comfortable lounge with beautiful views over Leodamus Bay, Carraig Fhada Lighthouse and beyond to the Mull of Kintyre and Rathlin Island" For more information visit www.swallowsroost-islay.com