As the words of the Gaelic song go……….
A very comfortable traditional cottage, graded 3 stars by VisitScotland, equipped to a high standard overlooking Orsay Island and the Atlantic Ocean. Situated in the heart of the tranquil village of Port Wemyss, Orsay View offers guests relaxation in front of an open fire and a lovely garden to enjoy the ambiance of the peaceful surroundings.
Orsay View comprises two large bedrooms (a double and a twin – each with double aspect windows), sitting room, dining room, well-fitted kitchen, and bathroom (with over-bath electric shower). Main appliances include electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge/freezer. The cottage has Broadband Wi-Fi/Internet connection, 2 televisions, CD & DVD players. The heating is electric and there is also an open fire in the sitting room.
The centre piece of Orsay Island is the Rhinns Lighthouse, designed and built by Robert Stevenson in 1825. There is also the ruin of a chapel on the island which dates back to the 6th – 8th century.
The neighbouring village of Portnahaven is approx. 5 minutes walk and has a Post Office & General Store and a Pub (“An Tigh Seinnse”) which also serves meals, teas and coffees. The two villages were established c.1830. There is a coastal path below the cottage, giving access to both the rocky shore for fishing and a small quiet beach – where generations of children have perfected their crab-fishing skills. Everyone is welcome at the historic church in Portnahaven – designed by Thomas Telford (c.1830). The church retains the traditional high pulpit, gallery and two entrance doors.
Islay offers the 18 hole Machrie Golf Links, originally laid out by Willie Campbell in 1891. Currently both the golf course and Machrie Hotel are undergoing changes and refurbishment; however the golf course is still open. If you wish to play we suggest you phone the hotel to check course opening times and details: 01496-302-310.
Islay has many interesting places to see and visit; including its 8 whisky distilleries, wildlife and amazing birdlife, walks, beautiful beaches, fantastic for photography and many places of historical interest. There is an indoor swimming pool in Bowmore. Easy access to Jura. The Visit Scotland Tourist Centre in Bowmore will provide information on these and much more.