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glenmachrie guest house

Alasdair and Rachel Whyte would like to welcome you into their home at Glenmachrie House, a traditional farmhouse built in 1898 and surrounded by 450 acres of green fields, loch, river and heather clad moorland. Glenmachrie lies four miles north of southern ferry port of Port Ellen and six miles south of the island's capital, Bowmore, and is an ideal setting for a memorable hebridean holiday or for that very special occasion.

As you enjoy your welcoming afternoon tea you will be enthralled with the uninterrupted views of Laggan Bay and over the sea to the coast of Ireland. Guests will be pleased to note that there is ample free parking spaces at the side of the house and secure storage for cycles is also available on request.

Glenmachrie is within easy walking distance of the Big Strand (miles and miles of golden, sandy beach backed by dunes) and for the golfing fraternity we are only one mile away from the internationally known Machrie Golf Links. We are proud to play host to families of Roe deer, hare, heron and otter and work closely with conservationists including Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Scottish Natural Heritage. In wonderfully large and loud flocks, both Barnacle and White Fronted geese can be found over wintering on our lush pasture land. The garden has many places where you can sit out and enjoy the wonderful views and watch the wildlife, it may be interesting to note that 114 different species of bird have been recorded on Glenmachrie - truly an ornithologist's paradise!

Free wi-fi allows you to check your e-mails or browse the internet on your own portable computer, phone or tablet as you enjoy the open peat fire in the sitting room furnished with antiques inherited by the family. A feature of Glenmachrie is that from the sun room where there are maps, a small library of books relating to Islay's intriguing past and local tourist information you are able to enjoy the sunrise over the hills of Dunlossit and Laggan Estates and truly magnificent sunsets can be appreciated as the sun goes to bed in the Atlantic.

Rachel's knowledge of the island's rich, historical heritage gives guests an added advantage when visiting and exploring deserted villages, standing stones, monuments and ruined chapels. After an exhilarating day's walking, golfing, climbing a heather clad hill, cycling (Islay being so comparatively flat is a cyclist's dream), visiting one or perhaps more distilleries as Glenmachrie is only a few miles from Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg distilleries to the south and not far from Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Kilchoman, Caol Ila, Ardnahoe and Bunnahabhain distilleries to the north. All these activities and past-times allow you to completely unwind, relax and enjoy the superb ambience which leads guests to coming back again and again. Rachel and Alasdair's attentiveness to your enjoyment is unfailing, whether it is organising a distillery tour, reserving a table for dinner at one of the island's restaurants, horse riding, bike hire, a round of golf or simply helping plan your daily itinerary.

From £150 per room per night for accommodation and breakfast, based on two sharing. From £105 per room per night for accommodation and breakfast for single occupancy.

Cancellation Policy
Once you have booked your stay, you have entered into a contract with us. Any deposits paid are non-refundable. Please contact us immediately should you wish to cancel your stay with us. This should be in writing or by email. In line with case law, should cancellation be made fourteen days or more, prior to the reservation, the first night's fee will be due for payment. Should a cancellation be made less than fourteen days prior to the reservation, the full amount of the booking becomes due for payment. In the event of the cancellation not being made, the whole amount of the booking is due. Under the above cancellation policy an invoice for the full amount due will be sent to the person who made the reservation. However, we will do our best to re-let your room/rooms. If we are able to do this, then we will refund you the full amount paid less an administration fee of £30.00 per booking.

glenmachrie guest house