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Islay self catering Scotland - romantic Hebridean lodges with sauna and hot tub

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Islay self catering Scotland - two unique luxury romantic stone holiday cottages with sauna and hot tub - each sleeps 2 - 4.


Stunning dry stone holiday cottages high up on Islay's Oa Peninsula with wonderful views, ideal for a romantic holiday or honeymoon

The dry stone walls and turf roofs of Coillabus Lodges are perfectly at home sitting high up on the rugged hillside of Islay's Oa Peninsula and their unusual curved shape is easy on the eye. The beauty of being up so high is that you are rewarded with long, glorious views and the lodges have been built with views in mind, with their full length panoramic windows looking out across the hills to the sea.

This quiet, romantic spot is a truly wonderful place to unwind and perfect for a honeymoon or special celebration.Once inside your lodge, many treats await you and you really do feel looked after. Sitting on the large, comfy sofa you can put your feet up and look out at the view in three directions; you might spot the golden eagles flying past with their brood. The lodge is the ultimate in cosiness, with a glowing wood stove for cold days and heated floors throughout the house. If you don't feel like going out, you can simply put on one of the soft, fluffy robes that are provided and take your pick from the lovely home spa treatments, perhaps followed by a sauna or a dip in the hot tub – all in the comfort of your own home. It really is as easy as that.

When it comes to mealtimes, it's a pleasure to use the kitchen; everything you need is there and of good quality. If you would really like to be spoiled however, you can arrange for delicious gourmet meals to be cooked for you, adding to the feeling of being utterly indulged.

At some point you might wish to stir yourself to go out and explore the riches that Islay has to offer: its rugged landscapes, beautiful beaches, attractive fishing villages and scattered arts and crafts outlets. If you are feeling energetic you could do some of your exploring on foot – there are several interesting walks, some of which are challenging, by bike (you can hire a bicycle from Bowmore post office) or even by pony (with Ballivicar Pony Trekking Centre). Or perhaps a round of golf at Machrie or a spot or salmon or trout fishing might appeal.

Whether or not you are on the whisky trail (and you really can't visit Islay without visiting at least one distillery and experiencing that glorious glow from the robust, peaty nectar on its native soil), don't miss out on a visit to Jura while you are here. A short ferry crossing over the sound of Islay from Port Askaig to Feolin takes you to this beautiful, small island (human population 180, deer population 5,000) which is only accessible by boat. The Jura Distillery has an interesting history (as well as its lovely whisky) and if you are feeling energetic, why not spend a day climbing the famous Paps of Jura? You can always come home to a delicious chef-cooked meal followed by a restoring massage and sauna...

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Furnished in contemporary Scottish eco-chic, the light-filled living space has heated Caithness slab floors, a bespoke curved sofa, comfy leather armchairs and wood burning stove. Vintage Ercol pieces combined with hand tailored blinds, curtains, cushions and throws in specially designed tweed from the Islay Woollen Mill create comfortable, stylish rooms. And should you ever be able to avert your gaze from the long, amazing and everchanging views from the full height gallery window, you can enjoy original landscapes from Scottish artist Rosanne Barr.

Each lodge has two stylish king or twin bedrooms (one bedroom has twin or zip link options), with a fully tiled ensuite bathroom including a double ended bath, heated Caithness slab floor, and walk-in Hans Grohe Raindance shower. The oak floored bedrooms have ultra comfy Hypnos beds made up with fair trade organic percale cotton, light spun wool duvets, and top quality goose down pillows.

Finally, for your ultimate relaxation, each lodge has its own Helo Finnolme sauna and hand-made cedar hot tub.

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The island is edged by miles and miles of beautiful, unspoit beaches, most of which are sandy. The west, Atlantic coast is not suitable for swimming but still provides spectacular scenery while Laggan Bay, Loch Gruinart and Loc Indaal have lovely beaches where you can swim safely.

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A lovely way to get to know Islay, its distilleries or other nearby islands is by boat. Islay Sea Safari operates a state of the art Redbay Stormforce 11 Rigid Inflatable which will take you anywhere around the islands of Islay, Jura, Gigha, Northern Ireland and as far north as Tiree. Another option which is well worthwhile is to take the ferry, which runs frequently throughout the day from Port Askaig, across to Jura.

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Islay is reknowned for its superb birdlife and varied flora and fauna. The Islay Natural History Trust runs the Wildlife Information Centre in Port Charlotte, where you can find out about the island's geology, wild flowers, mammals, birds and butterflies. Loch Gruinart nature reserve is famous for the large numbers of barnacle and white-fronted geese that spend the winter there. Coillabus Lodges look out over the RSPB Oa reserve, so offer extraordinary bird and wildlife viewing in all weathers.

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Islay has eight distilleries, producing some of the finest malt whiskies in the world. The nearest of these to Coillabus are Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg which produce characteristically dry, peaty malts with gentler mossy, spicey undertones. Move around the island and you will find that each whisky has its own very special character.

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The stylish new Islay hotel has a smart bar and courtyard as well as a dining room that is a triumph in eclectic decor and a lovely place to eat, just 10 minutes from Coillabus . A couple of minutes up the road takes you to the cafe restaurant at Ardbeg Distillery - another firm favourite in an unusual venue. A favourite pub is in the village of Port Charlotte with the option to dine in their well established restaurant.