Explore Port Charlotte & Islay...

Port Charlotte is a perfect base from which to explore Islay, and this accommodation overlooks a safe, sandy beach. Cladach Cottage is near The Port Charlotte Hotel, an award winning restaurant and bar offering local produce, a wide selection of local malt whiskies and live music.

Islay is a place in which to relax, revive and refresh yourself. Some of Islay's most popular leisure activities include...

  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Whiskey Tasting
  • Horse Riding
  • Golfing + much more...

Islay is rightly known as the Queen of the Hebrides and retains much of its Gaelic culture. Its long history is seen in the standing stones, Celtic crosses and ancient chapels to be found throughout the island.

Explore the wild west coast cliffs, the long sandy beaches and sheltered bays. A paradise for bird watchers, Islay has recorded over 250 species and must be one of the best places in Britain to see Golden Eagles and Choughs, to listen to the summer sounds of the Corncrake or see 45,000 winter geese. Many guests at Sgioba Cottage enjoy walking and fishing, or golf at the 18 hole links course at the Machrie.

Many more visit one of the eight operational whisky distilleries on the island or take a day trip to the neighbouring islands of Jura and Colonsay. The Museum of Islay Life is located in Port Charlotte and provides a fascinating insight into the history of Islay.

Eating & Drinking...

The village of Port Charlotte has a hotel serving restaurant and bar meals, a friendly pub, a general store with Post Office and a small petrol station. The Croft Kitchen restaurant adjacent to the cottage, specializes in home baking, lunches and evening meals.

Locally caught crab, lobster and scallops are available in many of the Islay restaurants. Succulent oysters, farmed in the clear waters of Loch Gruniart, can be purchased at Craigens farm.

Islay is famous for its malt whisky which is produced in eight distilleries scattered throughout the island .Visitors can sample a 'wee dram' during the tours run by many of the Islay distilleries, where the fascinating process of whisky making is demonstrated .

Interesting Places...


 Port Charlotte Village                                           Rugged coastline at Saligo Bay


 Machir Beach                                                      Loch Gruinart from Ardnave


 Sunset at Carnain                                                 Ardbeg Distillery


 Machir Bar Sunset

Islay Location Map...