About Ballymeanach Cottages

Over the years some of the buildings on the croft had, unfortunately, fallen into disrepair and so it was decided to regenerate part of the existing steading (comprising a cottage, smiddy and barn) by the creation of three cottages to be used for self-catering accommodation; two of the new cottages are one-bedroom, and the third (the barn conversion) is a two-bedroom. These properties would suit couples, small families or family groups, looking for a relaxing holiday on an active croft where they can participate in outdoor activities and make the most of the outstanding beauty of the local area.

Portnahaven Hall has become very popular for weddings and our little complex would be a great place for family groups or groups of friends to be able to stay together. The croft is less than a mile from the village of Portnahaven where there is a small shop and hotel- Tigh Siennse where you can enjoy a meal or just a drink and a chat with the locals. It is advisable if wanting a meal to check before to see if food is available.

Guest Information

We supply all bedlinen, towels (EXCEPT BEACH TOWELS) and tea towels. A travel cot and high chair can be provided but should be requested when booking.

We encourage our guests to use the dishwasher to clean kitchen utensils and equipment and provide a dishwasher tablet for each day of their stay.

We also supply hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial washing-up-liquid, a pack of 4 toilet rolls, 2 bin liners, cleaning equipment and anti-bacterial surface disinfectant and would ask that guests keep the cottages clean and sanitized and that on entering and leaving the property they hand sanitize.

YOUR STAY AT BALLYMEANACH

Our self-catering accommodation is following government and industry COVID-19 guidelines.

We have a set of protocols in place as follows –

On arrival guests check-in will be contactless with each property having it’s own key deposit box and the PIN being emailed along with property information eg How to use the hot water taps/hob/waste disposal bins .. prior to arrival. My husband and I will be available if any help is required.

Guests will be requested to adhere to social distancing guidelines at the relevant time.

Our cottages will be deep cleaned between guest arrivals with particular focus on high-touch surfaces. While cleaning the appropriate protective clothing will be worn.

At the end of your stay we request that you remove bedding – including pillow and mattress protectors – and towels and to place these in the linen bags provided. Please do not shake the linen.

Please leave windows open to air the property before departure.

Thank you for your help and understanding during this time.

Travel Directions

BY CAR…

From Glasgow, drive to Kennacraig. This journey should take approximately 2 ½ hrs. Take the A82 Loch Lomondside, turning onto the A83 at Tarbet. Continue through Inverary and Lochgilphead towards Tarbert, passing Loch Fyne. The Port of Kennacraig is 5 miles south of Tarbert.

BY BUS…

City Link operates a bus service from Glasgow Buchanan Street Bus Station and connects with the CalMac ferry at Kennacraig- (0141 333 3708 or visit Scottish City Link website to see timetables or make an online booking). It is advisable to purchase tickets in advance

BY FERRY…

The ferry sailing with Caledonian MacBrayne from the Scottish mainland to Port Ellen or Port Askaig on Islay takes approximately 2 hrs, leaving from Kennacraig on the Mull of Kintyre..

We strongly advise booking the ferry in advance. Further information including timetables, fares and booking can be found on the Caledonian MacBrayne website or call 0800 066 5000.

BY AIR…

Loganair operate a 35minute scheduled flight, daily from Glasgow to Islay. Further information including schedules, fares, and booking can be found on their website. Islay Airport +44 (0)1496 302022 online bookings.

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DIRECTIONS TO BALLYMEANACH

When you arrive in Islay:

Follow the main road up and over the hill and continue until you reach Bridgend where you turn right on to the A847 to Portnahaven. Once you are in Portnahaven continue past the church and turn right (at the OK corner). Ballymeanach is about ¾ of a mile up this road on your right- hand side.

Follow the main road out of Port Ellen, heading towards the village of Bowmore, follow the road through Bowmore until you reach the village of Bridgend, cross the bridge and take a left onto the A847 to Portnahaven. Once you are in Portnahaven continue past the church and turn right (at the OK corner). Ballymeanach is about ¾ of a mile up this road on your right- hand side.

Turn left out of the airport carpark and follow the main road towards the village of Bowmore, follow the road through Bowmore until you reach the village of Bridgend, cross the bridge and take a left onto the A847 to Portnahaven. Once you are in Portnahaven continue past the church and turn right (at the OK corner). Ballymeanach is about ¾ of a mile up this road on your right- hand side.

The Island Of Islay

Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, just off the West Coast of Scotland. Known as the ‘Queen of the Hebrides’, Islay is an amazing island experience – spectacular beaches, fabulous country walks, panoramic views and a multitude of species of wildlife, especially birds.

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