This was our first visit to Islay. A'Chroit is a cosy cottage close to the ferry and a grocery store. A good base for exploring the area. The property is well equipped though no dishwasher. Not a problem though. Distilleries within 1 hour drive or 10 mins drive. A lovely drive up past Ardbeg to bays where you can be alone. Half an hour to Port Askaig and 1 hour to Portnahaven. Amazing natural wildlife. Petrol station 2 minutes from the house. You will enjoy staying at this lovely house.
This was our 4th time staying in A'Chroit for the Feis Ile (2016, 2017 & 2019) and the first since the pandemic. It was nice to be back and staying in such a welcoming and familiar place. Except for a very wet and midge infested Laphroaig day morning the weather was fantastic throughout the week. The location of A'Chroit couldn't be better for accessing the 3 (soon to be 5!) South Islay Whisky (& 1 Rum) Distilleries and as with previous years we enjoyed cycling the 3 Distilleries Path to enjoy their open days with special mention to Laphroaig (even with the rain and midges) and Ardbeg. Aside from the distilleries the walk to Kilnaughton Beach and Carraig Fhada made for a relaxing evening stroll. A'Chroit is well-equipped with spacious garden area for barbeques and handy outhouse for storing bikes etc. The arrival of a smart TV since we were last here would have been a welcome addition if the weather had not been so fantastic! We very much look forward to returning. Thanks again Kenny.
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at A'Chroit. A week of warm, dry weather (in March!) helped but even if it had been cold and wet, the house was warm and cozy and had everything we needed. Just round from the ferry and all facilities to hand in Port Ellen - can highly recommend the new Chinese takeaway, Ellen's Wok, just around the corner. Fabulous coastal walks and we even got up the highest hill on Islay. Saw lots of goats, thousands of geese, seals and an eagle. Apparently a few distilleries in these parts too.
The house is in an excellent location, very warm, comfortable and well-equipped. Good communication with home owner.
Had a wonderful holiday in the cottage Comfortable Weather was brilliant.....lots to do and see Good eating houses Friendly locals and visitors Kenny an excellent landlord Must come back. ❤️❤️❤️
Had a great time in the cottage in mid June. 2021. As others have commented, the garden is excellent for sitting in the sun, drying clothes and watching the nesting birds. So close to 2 beaches, walked to both every evening for a stroll before turning in. 2 food shops (coop and spar), a post office, 2 hotel bars and a restaurant within walking too. We didn't have a car so used the bus (bus stop next door to the cottage) and walked everywhere. Distillery and lighthouse walks good. Visted Bowmore on the bus for the distillery also. Cooked all meals in the cottage rather than going out (covid aware) and facilities were perfect for everything we wanted to prepare. Loved it here and excellent value for money. Cheers Kenny, we'll be back!!
Lovely house with everything you could need. Very well equipped.Lots to do round about . We enjoyed the walk to the distilleries and also to American Monument. Lots of really nice beaches to explore. Nice to either sit in garden or walk along sands in Port Ellen at night. Starlings and thrush nesting in garden and bats flying about at night.
Had a great holiday in a perfectly located and we'll equipped cottage. Kenny was very helpful when we had a wee issue on arrival and it was sorted really quickly. Have already booked for 2022 and have recommended to some friends and family.
Great, comfy accommodation in such a lovely part of the island with lots to explore on your door step and further afield. I enjoyed the garden where I had breakfast, and evening drinks, while watching the birds. The accommodation was quiet and had everything I needed, and more besides. Kenny was a great host. Definitely coming back!
We have visited Islay for 8 years now and to stay at the croft was amazing lots of space, every kitchen utensil you can think of, private parking at rear along with court yard to sit and star watch.. very clean, just lovely, very central will most definitely be requesting another stay soon. Thank you
Lovely, cosy, spacious , clean and warm holiday home with great garden in Port Ellen, extremely close to amenities and town center, yet quiet, and very close to ferry terminal. Me andmy companions had a great time and look very much forward to ome back!
Enjoyed a week on Islay at Port Ellen. A'Chroit is a a great location on the island(Port Ellen) and in the town, with the harbour & shops & restaurant on your doorstep. Everything needed for a self-catering week was provided. The rooms are large and clean and A'Chroit was very good value as well. Ideal location from which to explore Islay - go enjoy.
This was our 3rd time staying at the Holiday Home on Islay for the Feis Ile and as before we had a great week combining visits to the distillery open days and walks around the island including around Kilnaughton Bay to the Carraig Fhada lighthouse and singing sands and Machair Bay. As always Kenny and Betty were excellent hosts and we look forward to returning in the not too distant future.
We had a wonderful week on Islay. It began with a warm welcome from our host to a cosy, comfortable holiday home. We visited every corner of the beautiful island and we will be sure to go back.
Name: Brett Banacka
I can’t even thank Betty enough for her hospitality, the house was very comfortable and warm for the snowy period we stayed. Port Ellen is wonderful and welcoming, and you feel like you are part of the community. (At least at the time of year when we stayed) It was easy to get out and about, plus it is just down the block from the ferry terminal.
You do feel like you are staying at a family home out on the island.
Name: Annmarie Duffy
Our stay on Islay was fantastic first time on the island the house was very comfortable and welcoming the island it’s self had much to offer no matter the weather however we were very fortunate and had mostly good weather.A great house/ home and a fantastic island x
Name: Graeme Gordon
Really loved our stay on Islay. The house was very comfortable and in a great location for enjoying Port Ellen and exploring the Island. Betty made us feel very welcome and made sure we had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. It was so good I’ve booked up to stay again in the autumn!
Name: Lorraine Rafferty
We have just returned home following our third stay at this lovely home and have booked again for next year! The house is very comfortable and will benefit from wifi next year! Everything is supplied to make your holiday, including the lovely Betty nextdoor. I would happily recommend this property.
Name: Germain Guerit
We had a very pleasant stay, like every previous time we went to this place. The house is well located near the harbour, also very comfy, and Betty is a very nice and helpful person. We really felt at home, and we recommend this rental to anyone who wants to visit the island. We’ll be back there as soon as possible.
Name: Uwe Melchert
It was the second time in this wonderful house in Port Ellen. It was feeling like coming home! The perfect place to explore this beautiful island and the distilleries of Islay! Thanks for Kenny and his perfect arrangement. And a very special thank you for the very lovely Betty!!!😚
Name: Phil Garnett
Highly recommended accommodation with a great location in Port Ellen for exploring what Islay has to offer especially the distillers along the south coast of the island. Having spent two holidays here for the Feis weeks in 2016 & 2017 we would happily return. Many thanks to Kenneth and Betty for providing an excellent place to stay.
Name: Jackie, Mike and John
Wonderful welcome from Betty, who had bought a few necessities so we didn’t have to rush out to the shops. Cottage ideally placed in center of village – near shops, pubs and bus stop. Well stocked kitchen with everything you could want. Lots of space and very homely. Great garden with starlings nesting in the wall.
Everything you could need – hope to return!
Everything you could need – hope to return!
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