The Bay Holiday Cottage

King Street, Portnahaven, Islay


Portnahaven lies at the southernmost tip of the Rhinns peninsula. It is a small village with a friendly bar/restaurant serving drinks and food. There is a small shop/post office with a range of store cupboard supplies. The largest town on the island, Bowmore, is about 20 miles away and has a mix of shops and a supermarket.

When you arrive in Islay, take the A847 road to Portnahaven. Once you’re in the village, turn left at the head of the bay and follow the road round so the bay and cottages are on your righthand side. The Bay is near the end of the row of cottages. There is a sign at the parking area. If you end up in front of the lighthouse, you’ve come too far!


By Ferry/Caledonian MacBrayne
There are several ferry crossings each day from Kennacraig ferry terminal on the Mull of Kintyre. The ferry sails in to either Port Askaig or Port Ellen. Booking is essential if you are bringing a car.
Islay 01496 302209 or Kennacraig 01880 730253

The Glasgow/Campbeltown 926 service stops at the ferry terminal. You can book tickets in advance.

By Air/Flybe
There are one/two flights daily from Glasgow Airport. Book well in advance for best prices.
Islay Airport 01496 302 022

Car Hire/Islay
D & N MacKenzie: – 01496 302 300
Islay Car Hire
01496 810 544, email or book and pay online at

There’s a bus service on Islay operated by Islay Coaches and Royal Mail, which connects all the major towns. The bus timetables can be viewed at