The Gearach at Bruichladdich

a taste of relaxation

Holiday cottage - Self Catering Accommodation

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Travelling to Islay

The main public routes to Islay are by plane, or car ferry, please see the details, below

Some private operators can arrange boat charter or helicopter visits, please ask us if these are more suitable for you


Flybe operate 3 flights a day from Glasgow.

Islay Airport: Tel/Fax +44(0)1496 302022

British Airways - for flights to Glasgow










Car Ferry service

The journey from Glasgow to the ferry terminal of Kennacraig takes approximately 3 hours.

Go over the Erskine Bridge and follow the A82 along Loch Lomond. Once at Tarbet take the A83 to Inverarary and Lochgilphead. Follow the signs for Campbeltown until you reach Kennacraig, 5 miles from Tarbert . There is no village at Kennacraig, just follow the signs for the ferry terminal.

The ferry journey takes 2 and 1/2 hours, in Summer there are three sailings per day – except Sunday and Wednesday.

This Roll on Roll Off service is operated by Caledonian MacBrayne , and must be booked in advance if bringing a car to Islay.

There are 2 ports on Islay: Port Ellen and Port Askaig.


Bus/Coach Services

Citilink Glasgow to Islay Bus Service

Select Glasgow/Cambeltown route, getting off at Kennacriag Ferry terminal, leaving Glasgow at 9.00am and arriving in time for the ferry crossing at 1.00pm

Car Ferry Reservations and service information Tel: +44 (0)8705 650000 Fax: +44 (0)1475 635235

Public Transport Islay Tourist Office telephone number is +44 (0) 1496 810254.

Islay Coaches - 01496 840 273

The Gearach at Bruichladdich

The cottage is in the village of Bruichladdich, near to the Distillery, see MAP. Coming from Port Ellen, or from Islay Airport….take the A846 North towards Bowmore and on to Bridgend, at Bridgend turn left on the A847 to Bruichladdich From Port Askaig…take the A846 to Bridgend then turn right on the A847 to Bruichladdich

We strongly advise you to check plane and ferry crossings in advance as adverse weather etc can affect availability.

Car Hire on Islay

D and N MacKenzie, Glenegedale, Islay

Tel 01496 302300

Opening hours - Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm

Car hire, Volkswagen Polo, Passat, 7/8 seater people carriers


Islay Car Hire


Tel 01496 810544

Taxis/Minibus Hire

Rhinns Taxi Hire

Tel 01496 850170

Mob 07771 921157


Fionas Taxi Hire

Tel 01496 302622

Mob 07808 303200

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The Gearach at Bruichladdich - Holiday cottage - Self Catering Accommodation

Luxury self catering accommodation on the Isle of Islay, come and stay to enjoy Hebridean island wildlife, birds and malt whisky plus much more

Mark Piper
Gearach Forest Lodge
Port Charlotte
Isle of Islay
PA48 7UB

Tel: +44 (0) 1496 850120
Mobile: 07786 906472