Testimonials

Great house in a great location. Spotlessly clean and incredibly well equipped kitchen, all this at a great price on a beautiful Island. What more could you ask for? Comment by N Pollock Date: 30-10-2015

Stayed at week on islay at the Gorm ile . The week was so nice and relaxing and the accommodation very well equiped. Had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Alan and Alison were perfect hosts and very friendly and made us feel at home. The tour Alan gave myself and partner was outstanding and knew exactly what he was talking about ( 35yr working at laphroaig distillery ). Would definitely recommend other tourists to stay at Gorm Ile Comment by derek linton and maxine connor Date: 11-10-2015


Recently spent a week at Gorm Ile. Very well equipped, close to the shops and harbour, within comfortable walking distance of the three southernmost distilleries. Alison and Alan were the most amazing hosts. Alan’s tour of the Laphroaig distillery set the stage for an unforgettable island experience. Well worth a visit. Comment by Ian and Lara Winning Date: 30-09-2015


We stayed in Gorm Ile for a week and had a great time on the island. The weather wasn’t too bright, but that made our visit to all the distilleries possible. The highlight was the tour Alan gave us throughout Laphroaig, the place where he has been working for 35 years now. He really makes the place come to life, proudly explaining the details of the whisky making. We very much enjoyed this personal touch to our favourite whisky. Alan and Alison’s hospitality were a great extra to the house, which was very convenient and cosy, close to shops and harbour. Both the house and the island can be warmly recommended. Comment by Joanne van Aller Date: 17-08-2015


We are just back from a fantastic week on Islay staying at Gorm Ile. The house is lovely and has everything you need for a comfortable stay including washing machine and a range of TV channels. It is perfect for travellers without a car as it is only a few minutes from the ferry and bus stops if you fancy seeing more of the island. The beach is only two minutes away as is the local shops. Alan And Allison are so welcoming and helpful and we really enjoyed Alan’s tour of the distillery…my husband a wee bit too much! Comment by Donna Morrison Date: 27-07-2015


Lovely place to stay owners Alan and Alison where the perfect hosts. The house was cosy comfortable and well equipped. Handy for local Supermarket and lovely beaches The location is ideal for distillery visits, a must for friends of Laphroaig, 20 minute walk to the distillery. Alan who works at Laphroaig took us on a personalised tour that was off the beaten track….. Great Comment by Morag & Ian Date: 11-08-2014


Everything the previous guests said about this accommodation is completely true. This is a perfect base to explore Islay from. Alan and Alison are kind and helpful people, and the Laphroaig tour is really special. Extra recommendations: do the RSPB walk on The Oa (spectacular) and try the fish & chips at the Cyber Cafe next door! Comment by Pim & Danja Date: 04-08-2014


If you’re reading this review, let me tell you that you want to stay at Gorm Ile. My husband and I stayed at Gorm Ile for a week during our honeymoon in August, and from the moment we arrived we were in love with the property. Alan and Allison met us at the house after we arrived on the 8pm ferry and took an hour out of their evening to welcome us to the island, tell us about the house and point out good walking trips around the island. They were so welcoming! There is a shop a block away and the kitchen is fully stocked in case you want to cook your own meals (which we did most nights). There are also a couple of restaurants within walking distance of the property as well. And you are very close to the Three Distilleries Pathway, so you can walk to three distilleries! Gorm Ile and Port Ellen are perfectly situated to enjoy the island. And we ended up renting bikes to get around for a couple of the day. The added bonus is that Alan gave us a private tour of Laphroaig, which was by far our favorite part of the trip. Though we would’ve stayed at this property regardless. Stay at Gorm Ile, you won’t regret it! My husband and I are already talking about our next trip to Islay and are planning to stay there again – and we’ve recommended it to all our friends who are talking about taking a journey over there! Comment by Bess Date: 29-09-2016


Fantastic location, just minutes from the local pub where we had a warm welcome every day. We arrived just after 8pm and Alan and Alison were waiting for us. The house is comfortable and well equipped. Alan and Alison are great hosts, on hand if we needed them. Alan took us on an amazing private tour of the Laphroaig distillery, his knowledge of the process is priceless. Port Ellen is definitely the place to stay on Islay and Gorm Ile is the ideal place to stay whilst you’re there. Comment by Sarah & Gary McDermott Date: 27-11-2015

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