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Seal Cottage, Portnahaven, Isle of Islay, Argyll

Seal Cottage
Portnahaven Bay
Living Room
View from front door
Plate Rack
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 2
Seals in Bay
Dolphins with Skiff
1 of 12Seal Cottage
Cottage -
2 Bedrooms , 1 Bathroom , Sleeps 4
Portnahaven, Islay, The Hebrides, Scotland
There is plenty to see and do on the island - watch the seals form the front door, wildlife, fishing, golf, walking and cycling are all available or visit some of the archaeological sites and the eight famous distilleries to sample the whisky! Take a day trip to nearby Jura from Port Askalg (22miles), Bowmore (18 miles) has traditional shops. Post office/ shop 100 yards, pub ¼ mile (across the bay).

Please be aware that due to the age and location of the property there may be some evidence of slight dampness during extreme weather conditions. Every possible effort has been made to reduce the problem.

Also please note that the primary heating is by a multi-fuel stove with electric radiators for background heating. The radiators are not powerful enough to heat the property on their own during cold weather. All Coal, Logs and Electricity i...
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About the Owner, Jim S
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 100 %
Response Time: Within a few hours
Calendar Updated: 18 days ago
Listed since : Jun 2014
Overall rating: 4.5 / 5.0
Based on 9 reviews and 1 property
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English first
Paisley, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2017 for a stay in October 2017

Seal Cottage is beautifully situated near the Portnahaven harbour and, true to its name, gives a great view of the crowd of seals that hang out in the quiet harbour waters. The cottage was built in the 19th century, with uneven floors and a very steep set of steps leading to the parking spot above the back garden. If you're...

Hal B
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 July 2017 for a stay in July 2017

Seal Cottage is lovely. It is small, but well equipped and the location is gorgeous. The back door opens onto a steep but pretty garden with a lovely outside eating area, weather permitting. The front door opens out to a view over the beautiful natural harbour of Portnahavan... The cottage is named for the seals who sit in the bay...

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Derek S
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 for a stay in April 2017

This little cottage is in a fantastic position. From the front window you see seals at every glance. Across the bay is a a friendly little pub, good food too and from the top of the garden you can see Atlantic waves crashing on the rocks. The location on the island was the best we saw as we toured the...

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  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Cooker
  • Dining Seats (4)
  • Double Beds:(1)
  • Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Full Baths (1)
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (4)
  • Microwave
  • Ocean Views
  • Parking
  • Patio
  • Private Garden
  • Refrigerator
  • Single Beds:(1)
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • VCR
  • Washer
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Pets allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    Check in: 3:00 PM
    Check out: 10:00 AM
The normal change over day is Saturday. Other change over days will be considered during on request. Well behaved pets are allowed subject to a £10 supplement and owners must...
    1 Full bath
    1 Full
    1 Twin
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Dates Min stay Per week
Default 7 nights
R 5 174
26 May 2018 -
1 Jun 2018
7 nights
R 7 176
2 Jun 2018 -
29 Jun 2018
7 nights
R 6 676
30 Jun 2018 -
31 Aug 2018
7 nights
R 7 176
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Please note: rates may have been converted from the original local currency to South African Rand and are approximate rates that may change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Please contact the manager to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.
  • Pets fee: R 167 / stay - Fee
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About the neighbourhood
Portnahaven is at the south westerly tip of the island accessed by a single track road with passing places for the last 11 kilometres.
Car advised
How to get there
Airport: Glasgow to Islay: 37.0 km
Ferry: Kennacraig to either Port Askaig or Port Ellen: 36.0 km
By Air
Fly from Glasgow to Islay by Flybe

Car hire, bus or taxi available from Islay airport
which is near Port Ellen, follow directions below to Portnahaven.

By Bus
There is a bus service from Glasgow to Kennacraig and from the ferry terminals to Portnahaven contact Caldeonian Macbrayne from ferry terminal follow directions below to Portnahaven.

By Ferry
Catch Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Kennacraig near Tarbert on the
Mull of Kityre to either Port Ellen or Port Askaig.
From either ferry terminal or the airport head for Bridgend then take the turning for Port Charlotte and Portnahaven. On arrival at Portnahaven King Street is on the left hand side of the bay looking out to sea.
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby.
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