Welcome to Cala Seimh Holiday Cottage

Cala Seimh Self Catering IslayCala Seimh Holiday Cottage is the perfect place for a holiday. As the well-known song goes, arriving on Islay means “Goodbye to Care”.

Situated in a prime position on Shore Street in the centre of this friendly village, Cala Seimh (pronounced Cala Shèiv) is a comfortable and practical house which makes an ideal base for exploring the lovely island of Islay. The house is self-catering and boasts a very well-equipped large kitchen-diner, but for those who prefer to eat out there are lots of possibilities, not least in Port Charlotte itself.

The house has a wonderful aspect on to the sea situated as it is on the edge of Lochindaal. You’ll enjoy watching the sun rise over the Paps of Jura, and the beautiful sunsets, with the clouds and the hills across the Loch iridescent in the reflected glow of the setting sun.

The magnificent atlantic beaches of the Rhinns are all easily accessible by car or bicycle, while the more sheltered beaches on Lochindaal are within walking distance. For nature lovers, walkers, bird-watchers, fishers, golfers, whisky-buffs, those interested in celtic history and those who just want to “:get away from it all” this is the perfect place for a holiday.

A Personal Note from Liza, the owner.

My apologies to all for not having taken bookings in this period, despite the fact that many people have made enquiries. Of course we all think longingly of spring and summer and of the beauties and special atmosphere that Islay offers, such a great place for a holiday!

The obvious reasons causing my lack of activity were – and continue to be – the uncertainties experienced because of the COVID lockdowns, and travel restrictions. We hope that by Easter will be lifted, but it’s too early to tell. Last year those of us renting holiday accommodation found ourselves having to repay deposits. I prefer no to have to do this, which is why I have been reluctant to take bookings. Additionally because of the stringent cleaning regulations, last summer I left two days at least between tenants, which considerably complicated the way bookings were organised- We await more Government advice on how this should be done in 2021.

Another sad piece of news is that this years Feis Ile has been cancelled, showing that it is nearly impossible to plan in advance in such difficult circumstances. We hope it will be reinstated as usual in 2022.