“This cosy and beautifully restored house was a lovely place to come back to after our Islay country forays and whisky tours!!!” Vicky and Joe, Belfast; Giulia and Ben, St Margarets, England (August 2019)

“La maison était très bien. Merci de nous avoir prêté la maison. Nous nous sommes bien amusés sur l’île.” Frédéric, Anne, Thibaud, Auric and Doriane, Montpellier (August 2019)

“We had a nice week here. Thanks for the lovely stay.” Jana, Marco, Lukas and Sophie, Dresden (August 2019)

“Beautiful place. It was a pleasure to stay here and use it as a base for exploring Islay. Thank you!” The Burnats, London (July 2019)

“Wonderful accommodation in this old Schoolhouse. We had a nice time here. See you soon.” The Zinnis (Zinnelauf), Zurich (July 2019)

“Even when it rained we had fun, but when the sun came out… beautiful! We have had a lovely stay, many thanks.” The Davies, Glasgow (July 2019)

“What a perfect house for a perfect island. We have loved staying here, thank you.” The Leighs, Chichester (July 2019)

“We had a wonderful stay! The Schoolhouse served us perfectly on our honeymoon!” Greg and Jamie, Wisconsin, USA (July 2019)

“It was a nice time to spend in this house. Very beautiful holiday.” Steffen and Sirid, Peter and Sylke, Germany (June 2019)

“Wonderful time on Islay as always. Many thanks.” Colin, Melanie and Tom, Carlisle (June 2019)

“5th visit to Islay. We leave a little bit of ourselves here each time we leave. The Old Schoolhouse has been a charming base for this visit.” Louise and Bob, Dereham, Norfolk (June 2019)

“We do love Scotland, Islay and Scottish people. We have very much appreciated our journey in your beautiful country. We hope we will be back very soon.” Michel and friends, South West of France, Toulouse (June 2019)

“Nice place, lovely cottage, amazing [whisky] festival, thank you, we like to come back.” Jean-Marc and friends, North of France, La Rochelle, Ardeche, Paris (June 2019)

“We had a lovely week. The weather was brilliant. Cottage was very relaxing. First trip to Islay. We will be back again.” Christine and Kevin, Warrington (May 2019)

“First time here on Islay. Very nice cottage. Relaxing. Thank you. We like to come back.” Toni, Sven and Holger, Germany (May 2019)

“A lovely cottage for a lovely trip – we’ll come back – thank you.” Bea and Fred, Champagne, France (May 2019)

“A second visit and just as enjoyable as previously. A great place to stay, we will definitely return when time allows.” Dan, Ian and Stewart, Southampton (May 2019)

“Lovely cottage. Fifth time on Islay. Weather perfect. Saw eagles and otters. Magic!” Jim and Jackie, Herts (April 2019)

“Thank you for a lovely week in your cosy cottage.” Craig and Mairi, Peebles (April 2019)

“What a lovely home! We enjoyed our stay on Islay – definitely wasn’t long enough.” Andee and Pete, Washington State, USA (April 2019)

“Lovely holiday on your beautiful island! Thanks.” Phil and family, Aberdeen and Glasgow (April 2019)

“Thank you very much for a nice welcome and a lovely week in your cottage.” Felix, Germany (March 2019)

“Lovely week in a beautiful cottage and location. Not nearly long enough – the jigsaw defeated us!” Andrew and Shreeta, London (March 2019)

“Thank you for a wonderful stay – we love Islay!” Chris and Becky, Leamington Spa (February 2019)

“Fantastic location, constantly changing views. Great scenery and wildlife. Toasty warm with the fire. Thank you.” John and Diana, Reading (January 2019)

“A wonderful base for a beautiful, blustery, brilliant holiday! Thank you so much for all your thoughtful touches!” The Harrisons, West Lothian (January 2019)

“A great if windy week in a delightful location! Thank you.” Jessica and Paul, Oxford (November 2018)

“Veni, vidi, whisky.” Tom and Hugh, London (October 2018)

“Thank you! Had a great stay.” The Campbell family, Wellington, New Zealand (October 2018)

“Thank you very much, a lovely cottage! We enjoyed it a lot! Thank you again and see you another time.” Vincent and Juliette, France (October 2018)

“Comfy and cosy cottage, perfect for our trip. The stove was great for this weather! Information book was very helpful, thank you!” Camille, Jon, Heather and Mark, The Midlands (October 2018)

“Wonderful accommodation and setting, allowing us to relax, explore and discover distilleries! Thank you.” Alarna, Ben, Eamonn and Aela, New South Wales, Australia (September 2018)

“Great time, swim, whisky, and worn out boots – all good!!” Neal and Liza, Lewis and Hannah, Bristol (September 2018)

“A wonderful visit to this beautiful place on Earth. Your cottage was perfect. We hope to be back again some day. Thank you.” Claudette, Graeme, Kaitlin and Michael, New Brunswick, Canada (September 2018)

“What a location, what a view!” Guy and Fiona, Hereford (August 2018)

“What a delightful stay – the cottage was fantastic. Can’t say enough about the gorgeous landscape and the wonderful distilleries! Thank you for a lovely break!” Glaire and Clay, Edinburgh (August 2018)

“Beautiful views and a lovely stay in this fabulous town. Loved our short stay and will surely come back to the Schoolhouse. Thank you.” Namit, Dubai, UAE (August 2018)

“Fabulous cottage, a perfect base to explore Islay. We particularly loved Machir Bay, the views from the American Monument at Oa, sea kayaking with Dave, the walk along the rocks to Bruichladdich, the distillery and coffee and bacon rolls at the Mini-market.” Alison, Debajit, Ellie and Nate, Guildford, England (August 2018)

“First time here this is just great for us, family ceilidh at Portnahaven a must go, bird watching at Loch Gruinart, a golden eagle, YES! We have had a great stay here at the Old Schoolhouse, sorry we have got to leave the Isle of Islay, we loved every minute of our stay, seen lots of places, we will be back!” Em, Steve and Poppy, Reading, England (July/August 2018)

“Our second stay at the Old Gortan Schoolhouse was as serene as the first! Delighted in the Paps of Jura and coming home to the open fire. With thanks.” The Rankin family, West Lothian, Scotland (July 2018)

“Beautiful setting, comfortable Old Schoolhouse! Very enjoyable stay.” Chris, Sandy and Sheila, Lincoln, England (June 2018)

“Had some interesting days on Islay. Felt very well in the lovely Old Schoolhouse! Thanks.” Klara and Ingo, Silvia and Guido, Rheintal, Switzerland (June 2018)

“Had a lovely week in this homely cottage, perfect base to enjoy the island. Very relaxing, will come back!” David, England (June 2018)

Melli and Gregor and Bernhard and Martin and Kris, New York-Rio-Tokyo, London, Paris, Munich! (Feis Ile 2018)

“Had a marvellous week with excellent weather. This is our second time on Islay and there will definitely be more.” Pauline and Jerry, Carole and Kevin, Isle of Man (May 2018)

“Thanks for a great week in this comfortable, nice decorated cottage. Islay was beautiful again!” Leo and Myra, Maastricht, Netherlands (May 2018)

“A dream come true. Hands down the best part of our trip to Scotland! Whisky and gorgeous cottage, thank you!!” Marco and Priscilla, Boston, MA (April 2018)

“A highly enjoyable few days. Very pleasant indeed. 13/10. Would come again.” Mike and Nina, London (April 2018)

“Had a great time, the house is lovely and we felt at home. We will be back.” Beth, Craig, Seth and Patt, Paso Robles, California (April 2018)

“Very comfortable stay in a great location on the island. Very close to lovely beaches. Enjoyed books, DVDs and games. Thank you for a lovely stay!” Suzanne and Edward, London (April 2018)

“Enjoyed the views and the log burner! Glaucous gull, brent geese and golden eagle right over the cottage!” Jill and Jan, Musselburgh (March 2018)

“The best cottage in Islay – great coasters!” Ryan Van Winkle, Edinburgh (February 2018)

“Thank you for a wonderful retreat. Lovely to be on Islay again. Met a few ex-schoolchildren too. Highlights Sanaigmore and your stove!” Tim, Harriet, Joseph and Miriam, Edinburgh (October 2017)

“A beautiful cottage on a beautiful island. The views of the bay are quite stunning. An amazing start to our Scottish adventure.” Anna and Dom, London (August 2017)

“A very comfortable, nice cottage. Wish to come again.” Rob and Ria Hond, Zaandam, Netherlands (July 2017)

“The cottage was lovely, great view and a very convenient place. Above and beyond our expectations – for what more could we ask? Homely, serene, beautiful. An absolutely perfect home for the week. Thanks for making our visit to Islay so comfortable.” The Rankin family (July 2017)

“The cottage was cosy, comfortable and a great base for our many walking excursions.” Gilbert and Carla Griffin, Mississippi, USA (June 2017)

“Wonderful stay on a rough but nevertheless lovely island. We will return soon.” Christine and Oliver, Tasdorf, Germany (June 2017)

“Thank you for the cosy and comfortable stay in your lovely cottage! Very peaceful and relaxing. Thank you very much for a very pleasant week!” Elmar, Sabine and Erik, Dorsten, Germany (June 2017)

“A lovely week on Islay. Lots of good walks, great views and the cottage was perfect. Thank you.” Helen and Mike, Failsworth, Manchester (May 2017)

“Our dream trip, with Islay, whisky, kkomak (cockles) and people”, Kelly Kim, Yukyung Park and Jeha Park, Seoul, South Korea (May 2017)

“A brilliant base for exploring the distilleries, great views and very comfortable, the real fire is a bonus!” Dan, Ian and Stewart, Southampton, Hants (April 2017)

“Cosy cottage – felt like home. Friendly and helpful hosts. We had an amazing time! Thank you.”
Denis, Dirk and Torben, Dortmund, Germany (October 2016)

“Another lovely stay, with the most accommodating people. I cannot recommend highly enough!”
Patrick Gleeson, Newcastle University (September 2016)

“Lovely stay! Great accommodation, lovely views, visited Jura, was beautiful! Very peaceful. Thank you!”
Emily and Sean Simpson, Linlithgow (September 2016)

“A lovely week on Islay and lucky to have warm and sunny days to appreciate the view from this ideal cottage. Looking forward to coming back already!”
Niall and Elaine, Stirling (September 2016)

“Wonderful two weeks at the Schoolhouse. Cosy accommodation in a perfect spot on the island. Great whisky tours and Jura was a beautiful day out!”
Gary, Lynn, Joe & Eleanor Spruce, Cheshire (August 2016)

“This is simply the best holiday experience I have ever made. The house is so wonderful, it’s unique – and the island as well. Nothing compares to the landscapes of Islay!”
The Kulturer family, Austria (July 2016)

“What an absolutely charming cottage. It had everything we needed for a perfect first stay on Islay”
Lydia and Simon, Daventry, Northants (July 2016)

“Could the view be any better? I don’t think so. What a gorgeous place”
Gareth, London

“Beautiful sea-coloured cottage”
Rhiannon, London

“A lovely cottage with a fantastic view of Loch Indaal”
Graham, Glasgow

“Absolutely stunning cottage, fantastic view and very peaceful”
Leanne, Glasgow

“A beautiful cottage, so warm and welcome”
Aaron, Glasgow

“The cutest cottage on Islay. Situated not far from Bruichladdich on Loch Indaal’s shore. I almost have to stop every time right at this spot when I drive by. What a pretty place!”
Local artist Dietmar Finger

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