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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.

As a rescue dog she can be very nervous around strangers, so we do keep her separate from the guests. As this is our home and Tizzy does roam around downstairs, Orsay House may not be suitable for those with certain allergies.

We both gave up careers and escaped the rat race to move to Islay and in the time here have established one of the best B&B's on Islay (#2 out of 38 according to TripAdvisor 2024). We both really enjoy ensuring that our guests. make the most of their limited time on our amazing Island.

Islay is renowned for its friendliness and popular pastimes include whisky, wildlife and bird-watching, walking, fishing and golf.

Located on Queen Street, with a well-maintained garden stretching down to the rocks 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 make Islay.


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.


Complimentary WiFi is available to all guests during your stay at Orsay House


For guests that chose to fly into Islay airport, we are pleased to  offer a pre-arranged, transfer service, subject  to availability.

Eating and Drinking

Our local pub, An Tigh Seinnse, just three doors down serves a range of freshly made local food including locally caught crabs and lobsters, as well as local ales and spirits. As the pub is very small, we do recommend booking if you want to eat here.

There are some very good  alternatives in Port Charlotte, Bridgend, Bowmore and Port Ellen.

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. If you are driving and visiting distilleries please ask for a 'Drivers Dram'. These are available from all distilleries and will help you keep the right side of Scotlands drink /drive laws

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