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The Old School

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Overview of The Old School

Entire home

The Old School

4 out of 5

5.0/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 5.0/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Parking included
  • Bar

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Professionally cleaned
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
Portnahaven, Islay Island, Scotland, PA47 7SG

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationPort bhaigh3 min drive
  • Popular LocationBowmore Distillery37 min drive
  • Popular LocationLagavulin Distillery43 min drive
  • AirportIslay (ILY)46 min drive

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Cottage, Ensuite

  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 bathroom
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 Double Bed

About this area

Islay Island

The Old School is located in Islay Island. Travellers eager for a bit of culture can stop by Museum of Islay Life, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Port bhaigh and Port Bhith Sgeir. Discover the area's water adventures with scuba diving, windsurfing and sailing nearby, or enjoy the great outdoors with rock climbing.

What's nearby

  • Port bhaigh - 3 min drive
  • Port Bhith Sgeir - 3 min drive
  • Currie Sands - 7 min drive
  • Bowmore Distillery - 37 min drive
  • Lagavulin Distillery - 43 min drive

Getting around

  • Islay (ILY) - 46 min drive


  • An Tigh Seinnse - 8 min walk
  • Port Mor Centre - 9 min drive

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

The Old School

4-star holiday home in Islay Island with free parking
This smoke-free holiday home features a bar/lounge, WiFi in public areas and free self-parking. This property has 4 holiday homes. Housekeeping is not available.
The Old School offers 4 forms of accommodation.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Property is professionally cleaned
Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter


Contactless social distancing and check-out
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • WiFi available (fee applies)

Parking and transport

  • Free self-parking on site


  • 1 bar


  • No lifts
  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Luggage storage
  • No housekeeping

Things to do

  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Rock climbing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector


  • 4 rooms

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Check-in from 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Early check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10:30 AM


Dogs welcome

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Payment types at the property

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards and cash
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit

Property is also known as

Old School Islay Island
The Old School Islay Island
The Old School Private vacation home
The Old School Private vacation home Islay Island

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 6 out of 6 reviews
5 - Excellent 100%
Rating 4 - Good. 0 out of 6 reviews
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Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 6 reviews
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Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 6 reviews
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Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 6 reviews
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Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Wonderful stay in Portnahaven
Beautiful spacious house with well appointed kitchen. Short walk to the coast was very nice and we had a glorious sunny weekend. Everything was clean and comfortable. Quiet and peaceful.

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Base needed for work!
Four of us needed a base to work from! Portnahaven is a bit out of the way, but a really picturesque location, and the Old School House was immaculately prepared and presented. Spacious, clean, well appointed and equipped. The only down side was that the wifi was a bit slow - but at least it worked!!
Stayed 4 nights in Aug 2018

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Beautiful Cottage , Portnahaven
The Old School is the perfect place to stay if visiting Islay. It's a fabulous conversion - huge rooms, log burning stoves, so comfortable and well equipped.We loved our stay there and will be back.
Stayed 3 nights in Apr 2018

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
You get the entire old school house! It's a fabulous place to stay when you're on Islay. Full of character and charm. It was recently updated, so it has wifi and a lovely kitchen area and great living room. It's quiet and desolate and very "Scottish." Truly magical! I think there were 4 bedrooms and we tried out 2 of them. Beds were comfy and they have fabulous Scottish wool blankets to keep you toasty. Great shower. We didn't try out the soaking tub. You could easily house a family vacation there. My one slight complaint is there aren't locks on the bedroom doors, so if you were staying with kids, that could get awkward if you and your spouse want some uninterrupted alone time. :) The kitchen probably has overly fancy appliances in it, but it might be because we're not used to how European appliances work, but we were able to figure out how to make breakfast every morning. I will say, stop in Bowmore and buy groceries on your way TO Portnahaven. I think there used to be a store there, but there is no longer anywhere to buy groceries and the pub didn't serve very good food when we were there (and had odd hours). The pub is TINY! We were there May 2016. Portnahaven is off the beaten path of Islay, but we loved our time there! It's probably almost an hour's drive from the airport. I'd love to go back!
Stayed 4 nights in May 2016

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Beautiful, spacious, and quiet location
A wonderful stay. Portnahaven is a quaint and quiet little town. The owners of the property did a beautiful job restoring and modernizing the property. It retains the exterior and charm of a historical building, but the inside is top notch quality. The nearby pub has tons of friendly locals and a good assortment of drinks + good food. One of the town's fishermen, Neil, supplied two large lobsters and this was the most fantastic dinner which I cooked and enjoyed the same evening. The drives in the morning or back evening are lovely, with a view across the water of Bowmore and a beautiful coastline. Lots of space and 4 bedrooms. I thought I paid for a single of the rooms, but turns out I rented the entire property, was a great deal. I wish I'd brought my entire family here. Would definitely stay again.