Islay is the most southerly of the hebridean islands and well serviced by Caledonian MacBrayne ferries from Kennacraig on the Mull of Kintyre and British Airways/Flybe by air from Glasgow. A large island, Islay offers a varied topography ranging from the wild Atlantic breakers of her west coast to the sheltered bays and skerries on her eastern seaboard. Famous for her whisky, wildlife, scenery and warm welcome Islay weaves her magic on those who visit.
These architecturally designed cottages are the younger twin sisters of Tir nan Og http://www.tirnanogislay.co.uk/index.html which sits on the hill above them. Situated yards from the shore and just a few metres from the beautiful sandy beach at Kilnaughton, Lipachlairy is cradled in the natural shelter of the ridge behind and separated from the sea in front by the original stone walls, rebuilt on the track leading to Carraig Fhada lighthouse.
The cottage exteriors combine traditional features with a contemporary feel. Whitewashed walls are offset by aluminium framed windows and larch clad covered decking. Features paying tribute to the past include the small gable windows, reminiscent of times when thick walls and small apertures helped protect against the elements.
Internally Lipachlairy takes full advantage of its natural setting to enjoy extensive views of the sea, the village of Port Ellen across the bay, the sandy beach at Kilnaughton and the island skerries of Islay's eastern seaboard. Inside the dining area enjoys panoramic scenes from bay windows and direct access to covered decking for al fresco eating. The sitting area is designed to emulate the snugness of dwellings past with a log burning stove set on a slate hearth and a small feature window by the fireside creating a sense of protection during the wild Hebridean winters. Visitors can also enjoy looking out from the well equipped and functional kitchen, separated from the living areas by an oak topped bar, providing a space which is a pleasure to work in.
Lipachlairy sleeps four in one kingsize with ensuite and a twin bedded room. The bedrooms have large windows to maximise the views and, as throughout the cottages, benefit from under floor heating. There is an ensuite walk in shower and a house bath room, both tastefully fitted out in modern, contemporary style.
Access to Lipachlairy is from a covered rear porch area, leading into a hallway through large aluminium clad glass doors. Off the entrance hall a utility room contains all the essential appliances.
Lipachlairy is the latest venture undertaken by the owners. Our first award winning project can be viewed at www.tirnanogislay.co.uk
How to get there
- By air
Loganair, on behalf of Flybe, run a 40 minute daily scheduled service, from Glasgow Airport GLA to Islay ILY. Monday to Friday in the morning and afternoon all year round, Sat and Sun there is single daily fight. The Summer schedule see a significant increase in frequency of flights. Please check with the airline. www.flybe.com British Airways has a codeshare agreement flights to/from London and can be booked through them at www.ba.com Flying is the quickest way and can provide spectacular views of the islands and Kintyre. For information on schedules, contact Flybe +44 (0) 13 922 685 13 or Islay Airport +44 (0)1496 302022. British Airways contact 0844 4930777, 0191 4907901, 0800 123111
- By car
From Glasgow, drive to Kennacraig Ferry Terminal, Tarbert, Argyll PA29 6YF Tel: 01880 730253
This journey should take approximately two hours fifty mins (105 miles by RAC ), or longer should you wish to take in the beautiful scenery. If you use route planning software ensure you insert "via Inveraray" Take the A82 up Loch Lomondside, turning onto the A83 at Tarbet - continue on through both Inveraray and Lochgilphead towards Tarbert on Loch Fyne. The ferry port of Kennacraig is just five miles on from Tarbert Tel: 01880 730253
- By Ferry
Caledonian MacBrayne operate the two hour crossing which runs twice daily throughout the year, once on Sundays, with additional sailings during the summer season. For details of timetables and to make bookings (advisable, particularly in the summer season) telephone any of the following (free phone ) numbers. +44 (0)8000 66 5400 (Gourock) general enquiries: +44 (0)8000 66 5000 (Gourock) bookings and reservations: alternatively the following numbers can be telephoned +44 (0)1880 730253 (Kennacraig), +44 (0)1896 840 620 or +44 (0)1496 302209 (Port Ellen). Caledonian MacBrayne's timetable and booking are also available online at www.calmac.co.uk
- Car Hire Islay
Should you wish to fly to Islay it is simple to hire a vehicle on arrival at the airport. D&N MacKenzie have been in business on Islay since 1926. They offer a wide selection of vehicles for self-drive hire. These range from VW Polos and Golfs up to Passat estates. Tel: +44 (0)1496 302 300 www.carhireonislay.co.uk
AROUND & ABOUT
- Distillery Tours
All of Islay's 8 distilleries are set in beautiful surroundings. The nearest to Tir nan Og is Ardbeg which has an impressive visitor centre, shop and restaurant. Further details from www.ardbeg.com.
- MacTaggart Leisure Centre
Islay's own indoor swimming pool where many a resident has become proficient without the distraction of her chilly ocean waters!
Tel: 01496 810767
- Islay House Square.
Stables and workers buildings converted to house a number of retail outlets including the brewery at Islay Ales, Islay Quilters, Elizabeth Sykes Batiks, Blue Lupin gifts and other craft shops.
- The Museum of Islay Life
For those interested in the history of island life the museum in Port Charlotte is a must. There is also a library and archive material available to the public. The wide variety of objects and displays will appeal to both young and old alike. Further details from www.islaymuseum.org
- Islay Woolen Mill
Visit the mill just outside of Bridgend. The plaid for the films Braveheart starring Mel Gibson and Rob Roy starring Liam Neeson was made here! A large selection of items in tartans, tweeds and other woven fabrics are available for sale. Further details from www.islaywoolenmill.co.uk.
- Islay Wildlife Information Centre
Also based in Port Charlotte. Brush up on your species or learn for the first time about Islay's varied wildlife so that you can do a bit of "spotting" while out and about. Further details from www.islaynaturalhistory.org
- Islay Studios
Superb selection of images taken by resident photographer Mark Unsworth. They feature some of outstanding views seen on Islay and make a wonderful reminder of a visit to this very special Island. Mark has provided the internal website photos of Lipachlairy and most of the pictures to be found internally. http://islaystudios.co.uk
- Persabus Pottery
Distinctive pottery incorporating celtic designs in tableware, lamp bases, vases and jugs. Persabus also fires models of some of Islay's distinctive buildings such as the round Church and lighthouse at Carrick Fhada.
Further details from www.persabus.co.uk
- Tormisdale Croft
On this working croft, midway between Kilherian and Portnahaven, visitors can purchase handspun garments, staghorn work, hand crafted crooks and sticks, patchwork quilts, wildlife paintings and many more handmade items.
Tel: 01496 860239
- Kichoman Distillery & Visitor Centre
Islay's newest distillery in the grounds of Rockside Farm near the beautiful Kilchoman bay. There is a visitor centre with gift shop and café.
Further details from www.kilchomandistillery.com
Islay's neighbouring island famous for her conical shaped "paps" and as the place George Orwell wrote 1984. Only minutes across the water from Port Askaig the ferry service runs approximately every half hour.
For sailing times call: 01496 840681
Islay's beautiful 18 hole links course at Machrie on the Big Strand
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