Smiddy Cottage Smiddy Cottage
Self-catering cottage, Isle of Islay

As the cottage is set in the very centre of an RSPB Scotland reserve as featured in the first week of BBC's Springwatch 2007. There is a vast range of wildlife to be seen such as Hen Harriers, Choughs, Corncrakes, Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcons and Waders. All of these and many more can be seen most days from the cottage and in the winter there are also many migratory geese to be seen. The RSPB Visitor Centre and Loch Gruinart reserve are about a ten minute drive away.

Secluded beach
Secluded beach
Barnacle Geese
Barnacle Geese

There is a wide range of things to do, all within easy reach of the cottage.

  • Saligo Bay is only a few minutes walk away and Kilchoman Beach a five-minute drive. If you feel like walking further there are plenty more secluded beaches to discover.
  • Horse riding can be enjoyed at Rockside Farm trekking centre which has a range of treks and horses to suit all abilities.
  • Loch fishing by bank or boat is available on Islay's largest loch – Loch Gorm - and boats can be hired only a few minutes away.
  • The dramatic coastline is the ideal back drop for long coastal walks, a variety of routes are found right on your doorstep!
  • Kilchoman Distillery is a five minute drive away and includes a café and gift shop. The Rockside Farm shop is adjacent to it.
  • The town of Bridgend is twenty minutes drive and has a restaurant, shop and a fuel station. Port Charlotte is also about twenty minutes drive and has bars and restaurants to choose from.

There are eight distilleries on Islay and they all offer guided tours and, of course. the opportunity to sample the whisky. The closest distillery is Kilchoman and Bruichladdich is only a 15 minute drive away.

Smiddy Cottage, Smaull Farm, Isle of Islay, PA44 7PT
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