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  • Jessica
    Leeds, UK5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the visit. The staff are so helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. I didn’t catch the name of the person who helped us but he was brilliant.
    Written 15 February 2024
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  • DavidofLasVegas
    Las Vegas, NV17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour and great guide! I came during off season and hung out at the Cafe. Waited for the tour and really enjoyed it. Guide, I think her name was Rebecca, was attentive and engaged during the tour.
    Written 25 January 2024
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  • Alexander Woywodt
    Lancaster, UK327 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited this on our last morning on Islay. This is a bit out of the way beyong Laphroig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. Beautiful cross and wonderful medieval graves. Also stunning stone work in the chapel showing a medieval warrior. Well worth the visit. Could do with some more information boards
    Written 27 January 2024
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  • HGilbertRN
    San Clemente, CA6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Gem!! We ventured onto Islay for the Whisky and happened to pass a sign for Islay Wines. We were delighted!
    You open the gate into Helen & Kenneth’s yard and are welcomed by a cute wood shed with a sign guiding you to ring a bell. Shortly after, you’ll be greeted by Helen & 4 cocker spaniels. This alone is worth the visit, but I do recommend taking advantage of the free tasting.
    The wines are based on rhubarb, bramble berries, and barley. Very unique and balanced, not sweet.
    Throughout your visit with Helen, you’ll learn how her business came about, life on the island, and get lots of cuddles with her dogs. Her warm personality makes her such a lovely host.
    Highly recommend.
    Written 20 September 2023
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  • Heddy G
    Malvern, PA568 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a wonderful short hike to some beautiful beach and wild goats! Great photos and super cool to see
    Written 20 January 2023
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  • Heddy G
    Malvern, PA568 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick walk to this castle after visiting the distillery. Very easy to get to and nice views to be had.
    Written 20 January 2023
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  • Francois T
    Johannesburg, South Africa955 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not a spectacular lighthouse itself but an easy walk and some very nice views from there. It was part of a tour stop for us and very informative by our tour guide from Islay Private Tours.
    Written 22 July 2023
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  • Tsubasa
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was very grateful to him. He asked for a hire car to tour the distilleries, but his job was not just to get to the distilleries. He guided us to various sights along the way and during free time between tours. He was very kind and told me a lot about Islay. I'm thinking of going to Islay again and asking him for a taxi.
    Thank you Arthur.
    Written 29 February 2024
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  • Sarah
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out on bikes hired from Jim. Good, well maintained bikes and Jim couldn't have been more helpful.
    We cycled to Claggain Bay, which is a lovely, quiet route. The Kildalton Cross is well worth a look and the 'cakes at the cross' very welcome.
    Written 13 June 2022
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  • FoodieDoodie
    Tromso, Norway50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spent many evenings here, after dinner at different places. They dont do any food, but have all the beers snd whiskyes you would like. Met many different staff, and all so friendly and nice. Not to loud music, clean toilets, a very nice pub.
    Written 11 September 2022
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  • Janice
    Glasgow470 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely cheery shop for all your postal needs, friendly welcoming staff. The shop is well stocked with some lovely local crafts, gifts and souvenirs from Islay.
    Written 5 December 2023
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  • AngC78
    2 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recently played in the Islay Golf open 2023, how is that course rated where it is in the top 100.

    I played it just after the renovation which I believe was designed by DJ Russell and what a fantastic blueprint he laid down for the head greenkeeper to maintain, but I can honestly say that the course has taken tumbling steps backwards.

    The walkways are an absolute disgrace and have been lazily patched with turf and never been touched as it looks about a week away from dying and is all uneven, im no greenkeeper but I could lay turf better with my eyes closed.

    Fairways look a bit neglected as there is rough patches on a lot of them, the greens which 4 years ago I would have rated some of the best in the UK have clearly not been kept properly, very bumpy. And the new greens that have been laid down don’t look like they are going to last very long nor looked like they had seen any water, they were a horrible jaundice Colour.

    Signage to directing you to next holes looks seriously neglected and a course of it’s supposed calibre using painted stones as tee markers just screams Laziness.

    I never had the pleasure of staying in the hotel as many others said it’s wildly overpriced, but going on the rest of my experience I’m glad I didn’t, service at the bar was an absolute shambles, an open with +120 playing and most of the time there was one person behind the bar, waited 45 minutes after drinks were ordered and decided to leave as we still hadn’t received them!

    On Sunday we were playing early as we were booked on the ferry off the island at 3pm so decided to try the breakfast roll offering. The rolls looked and tasted like they had made an appearance at last years Open, dry rolls and soggy floppy bacon.

    At the end of our round we tried one more time to get some joy from the place and enquired about lunch, you would think that we had just asked the staff to scale Everest bare footed.

    The only good points of the weekend were the organisation of the actual golf open, but I believe this is run by Islay Golf Club as it’s a separate entity from the Machrie, so a fantastic shout out to all involved.

    In the Golf Shop you had David and his staff who were one of the most professional outfits I’ve ever come across in my many years of golfing, you could tell by the way they talked and embraced the locals that they are very highly thought of. It’s just a shame that the course doesn’t match this.

    I believe it’s the same head of golf who was brought in when the Machrie was bought and renovated but it’s clear to see that he’s just there stealing a wage and I honestly don’t see how the owners can’t see this. To invest the amount of money they have for it the course to now be in decline must be heart breaking.

    Thank you to The shop staff and Islay Golf Club for your professionalism but I don’t think I’d visit this hotel or golf course again. A true gem of Scotland getting wasted.

    Ps they have put the walk on fee up 38% to £180 a round in peak season, the 2nd highest rise in Britain. Thankfully we only paid £100 for the 3 rounds otherwise we would have requested a refund.
    Written 9 May 2023
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