By Car and Ferry
Using Sat Nav, the postcode for Kilchoman is PA49 7UY and Dundonald is PA43 7JP. Confirm the directions as the official shortest route is through Arran using another two ferries to find your perfect accommodation in Islay.
From Glasgow, take the A82 up Loch Lomond side and at Tarbet, keep straight on for the A83 towards Campbeltown where five miles past Tarbert Loch Fyne you will come to Kennacraig Ferry terminal. Timetables and bookings are available from Cal Mac Ferries www.calmac.co.uk. The recently introduced RET has significantly reduced fares for the crossing. Drive time from Glasgow to ferry is approx. two and a half hours.
The crossing takes a little over two hours to either Port Askaig or Port Ellen depending on which port the ferry is going into. It is a pleasant trip with the opportunity for a meal or drinks on board and the chance of seeing some marine wildlife.
From either Port, make your way to Bridgend then take the A847 for Port Charlotte and Portnahaven. Five miles after leaving Bridgend, Sanaigmore is signposted to the right, before reaching Bruichladdich. Turn right and carry straight on for a further ten minutes and about half a mile past Kilchoman Distillery, turn left before a row of white houses, towards the church on the hill. Just past the church are the main gates, cross the cattle grid and down the hill to the cottages and main house where we look forward to welcoming you.
From both arrival ports, follow the signs to Bowmore. From Port Askaig, on entering Bowmore you will drive along Shore Street. At the first corner, turn right into the square. Dundonald is to the right of the Harbour Inn hotel. From Port Ellen, on entering Bowmore you pass the round church at the top of the hill. Follow the road down heading for the pier and Dundonald is on the right next to the Harbour Inn.
You can only fly from Glasgow to Glenegedale (Islay). Flights are normally twice daily during the week but only once on Saturday and Sunday. Flights take about forty minutes in total. Bookings through Flybe www.flybe.com
Both companies below will meet you from your flight.
D&J McKenzie 01496 302300
Islay Car Hire 01496 810 544
Driving on Islay is simple, but many roads are single track with passing places. Courtesy in pulling over in good time or letting a faster car behind you pass is appreciated. If driving at night, look out for deer and remember sheep always have right of way on unfenced roads.