Visitors' Testimonials

​We thoroughly enjoyed sharing our home with visitors .  It also appears that the visitors have enjoyed sampling the delights of Islay from Ard Na Mara.  Here are some of the many positive comments we have received


Just back from a three night stay at Ard Na Mara, Islay. What a place, the location in Port Ellen is stunning and the house is breath taking. So spacious, modern and extremely comfortable. There were 4 of us and you could have had a section of the house each and still had loads of room to move around in. The big selling point is the Balcony. Sitting there in all weathers as your sheltered with a Dram or a cuppa (if it’s the morning and look out at the sea. It really is in an ideal location. Really didn’t want to come home. The house is filled with leaflets and contact info on what to to in Islay, very useful as we were able to plan out visits to most of the Distilleries and for eating places etc. Cannot recommend Ard na Mara enough for people to stay.
Luke - January 2019
 Fantastic house with open plan living at its best. Views to die for, especially as we have had three seasons in the one day today. House is well appointed, clean, tidy and located centrally for everything I’m looking for. Thanks for a wonderful couple of days.
Iain - November 2018

Our week in this lovely home is sadly just coming to an end. The house is beautiful and well equipped and just loved sitting in the upstairs lounge or balcony admiring the view. We were fortunate to have clear nights and a full moon giving fabulous views of the moon reflecting on the bay.
Carole - May 2018
We stayed here last month. Beautiful cosy house with amazing views and amazing sunrises. The house is well equipped with everything you need and very homely. We settled in straight away. Just a short walk to the beach and close to Port Ellen. 
We had problems with the boat coming home due to the weather and the owners were very kind and amenable. Would highly recommend this place. We will be back!
Sarah - November 2018

Loved our week on Islay.  Lovely, relaxing week in a beautiful house. Amazing scenery and fabulous beeches!
Jim and Linda - August 2018
Beautiful house.  Had such a lovely time and will defo be back next year
The Campbells and McNamara Families - Sept 2018
3 generations of the Welsh family had a fantastic weekend in this beautiful house.  It has everything you need and the views, especially from the balcony, are stunning.
The Welsh Family - Sept 2018
Thanks for a wonderful stay at your home on Islay.  Fantastic accommodation with everything you need.
Hugh and Carol - October 2018
Lovely house on a lovely island.  Fantastic birdlife / wildlife, pretty good weather - what more could you ask for!
Anne and Pete - October 2018
Fabulous week in a beautiful home. Stunning views, amazing weather - everything you could wish for is here.  Very fond memories of early years in Port Ellen and this location was just idyllic- wish we had another week!
​Just the perfect 'Get away from it all' place.  Equipped to a really high standard (and I'm fussy!). This beautiful home is a delight to share with the owners - - much more than a quality holiday home.
Great views, great walks, and could not fault one thing about the house.  Excellent!

Sandra McG - March2017

Perfect stay in a perfect house! The owners have thought of everything and a bit extra too.  Our first time on Islay and we will definitely be back.

​​​Pauline & Michael, West Kilbride - March 2017

​Great Birthday Celebration! Fabulous House, the Island is superb.
We had all 4 seasons but that included some glorious sunshine

Christine, Margo, Anne, Val and Sandra, Lanarkshire /Glasgow.  March 2017

We could not have wanted for a better place to stay and for better weather on our first trip to Islay. We loved Machir Bay, pony trekking and having a dram at the Islay House Hotel.  The warehouse tour at Bunnahabhain is a must, it's amazing.  Thanks lots and lots... WE WILL BE BACK!!

I loved the horses and the beech-- Evie (aged 3)

The Priors and the Traunters, Bristol and Sheffield- October 2016

What an absolutely beautiful house to stay in while visiting the wild and wonderful Islay. I've stayed in this house twice now and I've never felt more at home. Great location with plenty of whisky distilleries nearby and a spectacular view of the ocean and the ferry coming in. The facilities are amazing with everything you need and could think of. Exceptionally clean and tidy. The balcony was my favourite place to sit and watch the boats go by.. So peaceful and you have beaches and oceans right at your front garden. Could not ask for a better house to stay in. Would recommend to anyone

 Chloe Fleck, Glasgow - June 2016

Had an absolutely wonderful time staying at Ard na Mara! What a beautiful house with an idyllic setting and great location!

Elizabeth Lindsay,  Lanarkshire - June 2016

We've had a fantastic time. Ard Na Mara is beautiful and a great location.  we will be back!

 The Murdoch Family - Rhu - October 2016

Ard na Mara is a little piece of heaven. We came here on our 'mini moon' with our two young children and had the most amazing and memorable time. The house has everything you could need and more. The beds were extremely comfy, the house lovely and warm with so much beauty a short walk away. The view from balcony was unreal, perfectly matched with a bottle of Prosecco! The owners left us suggestions of where to visit and we were not disappointed! From the Singing Sands to Claggan Bay... nothing compares to Islay's beauty! And 'Islay Sea Adventures' is not to be missed! We have not found anywhere that comes close to comparing with Islay and Ard na Mara- We can't wait to visit again (that's if our friends and family haven't fully booked it from our rave reviews!).  

Mr and Mrs Lewis, Edinburgh - February 2016

We love Islay.... our visit was enhanced by staying at this wonderful house...... And lots of important 'wee things' in the house that made a difference. 
Our girls loved Ard na Mara and we really hope to return.

 The Johnston Family - July 2016

 ' THE BEST HOUSE EVER!!!! '         
                                                            The Johnston Girls - July 2016

We received a very warm welcome from Kenny when we arrived. The house is simply beautiful and is equipped with everything you need. The views are spectacular and the walk up the coast to Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg is a must.

 Andrew Waite, Derbyshire - March 2016

Thank you for a lovely stay in your fabulous house.  Lovely beach.  Hope to be back soon!

The Murdoch Family, Rhu- October 2016

Spent  many a childhood holiday on Islay with family in Port Ellen.  Was great to bring friends back and show them this wonderful place.  The accommodation was perfect in every way - thank you Fiona and Kenny for a beautiful weekend - even although the weather was dreich!! 
We will deifinately be back soon

 The Bells, Marriots and Whites - East Kilbride, Glasgow - November 2016

Fantastic place to stay. It is exceptionally well equipped and has fabulous views from the balcony and upstairs lounge. The shops, restaurants and beach of Port Ellen are a short walk away and there are another 2 beaches a short cycle away-about 10 minutes and 30 minutes respectively even for a geriatric like me. There are 3 near-by distilleries for whisky lovers and for non-whisky drinkers, there are also local wines and gin to be sampled. If you can bear to tear yourself away from the luxury of the house, there are walks and bird/wildlife spotting on your doorstep and also horse riding, boat trips and kayaking opportunities. I will certainly return and can recommend it to others.

Christine Menzies,  Lanarkshire - August 2016

Lovely, really well equipped, beautiful holiday home on the relaxing island of Islay. Perfect space for a family holiday or group of friends get away. Close to loads of walks and whisky distilleries. Light, spacious and well appointed open plan living area, luxurious bedrooms and the sunrise view from the sofa bed was my favourite wake up this year - the balcony views across the bay are to die for. We never want to leave! Definitely will be staying here again. Thank you!

Rose Denyer, Derbyshire - March 2016