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About Us

Orsay House Bed & Breakfast in Portnahaven, on the picturesque Isle of Islay, the ‘Queen of the Hebrides’, is our family home that we share with our little rescue dog, Tizzy.

Although we love pets, unfortunately as a rescue dog,Tizzy does have some issues with other dogs and so to prevent any problems we cannot accommodate guests pets.

As we do have a dog, Orsay House may not be suitable for guests with certain allergies.

Located on Queen Street, with a well-maintained garden stretching down to the rocks (with some amazing rockpools) and sea, Orsay House Bed & Breakfast  Accommodation offers uninterrupted, spectacular Atlantic sea views from the decked area in front of the house. where guests can sit and watch the changing tides, the antics of the local seal population and some amazing sunsets. 

Islay makes whisky but its not just whisky that makes Islay.

For suggestions as to how to spend your time on Islay see our feature in the Civil Service Magazine 'Boundless' Follow this link to see article.

Explore the Islay & Jura Group website

Or take a look at the Geotourist guide to Islay by following this link

Arrival and Departure

To allow us to clean and prepare your room we usually welcome guests between 4pm and 9pm on the day of your arrival, occasionally we can accommodate slightly earlier check ins but please check with us if you need to check in earlier.

Ferry timetables sometimes mean that you will arrive after 9pm, as long as we are aware of your estimated time of arrival we can accommodate this.

On your final morning with us at Orsay House we do ask that you vacate your room by 10am to allow us to ensure that the room is thoroughly cleaned and prepared for our next guests.


What better way to start your day on Islay than with a fabulous and delicious breakfast? And that’s what you can look forward to at Orsay House.

Start your day with a hearty breakfast with a choice of cereals, porridge, smoked fish or our traditional  Orsay House full breakfast – served in the light and airy family dining kitchen every morning between 7.30am – 9.00am, you’ll be asked to give your preference the night before so we can prepare your breakfast in readiness for you coming down.

We cater for Vegetarians and those with food intolerances, however we would appreciate you letting us know prior to your arrival to ensure that we can cater to your needs.


Complimentary WiFi is available during your stay at Orsay House


For guests that chose to fly into Islay airport, or arrive by ferry as foot passengers, we are pleased to  offer a pre-arranged, transfer service, subject  to availability.

Getting around Islay

A regular bus service serving both Port Ellen and Port Askaig as well as Bowmore stops just a few steps from Orsay House. This enables you to visit 6 of the islands distilleries without driving, but please note that the bus service does not operate on Sundays. We can help arrange taxis to get you around the island, enabling you to visit our many distilleries without worrying about who will drive!

The Pub (An Tigh Seinnse)

The pub has now reopened under new owners and you are able to enjoy local beers and whiskies as well as freshly prepared food in a traditional pub setting.
Whilst the pub is only three doors down the road, generally the only noise and disturbance will be the sound of the seals singing or the waves crashing. 


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