anchor cottage

Anchor Cottage

Anchor Cottage, Portnahaven, Islay

An idyllic holiday home in the traditional fishing village of Portnahaven. The cottage has stunning views of the bay, the lighthouse and the mighty ocean beyond Orsay and MacKenzie Islands.

The cottage comprises of two double bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen and living area with open fire. A large well kept garden to the rear offers a relaxing place to sit, as well as fresh vegetables, dependent on time of year. Anchor cottage comfortably sleeps four people.


The cottage has a television, central heating, and an open fire in the living room, for which fuel is supplied. There is a washing machine, and a tumble drier as well as an iron and ironing board. The main bedroom has a double bed and the second bedroom has twin beds. . Linen and towels are supplied.

There is a garden to the rear of the property. There is a comfortable bench outside the front door, only yards from the sea where holidaymakers often indulge in the 'Islay pastime' of watching the tide come in and then go out again. A colony of seals live in and around the bay and people come from all over the island to see them basking on the rocks a few yards in front of the house. The Post Office in the village stocks some groceries and daily newspapers can be purchased there. The local pub, called An Tigh Seinnse is open every day and is well known for having a good menu as well as a welcoming ambience.

The owner, Alec, has a boat that is used for fishing in the summer and he is usually happy to supply you with fresh fish, crab and lobster. If he has none available he will put you in touch with other local fisherman who will be happy to supply you at a reasonable cost.


Portnahaven Bay

Contact Us

The cottage costs from £350 a week and bookings are usually taken from Saturday to Saturday. Shorter stays can be negotiated, especially at quieter times of the year. A deposit of £50 will be required at the time of booking with the remainder due on arrival.

To book your stay at Anchor Cottage ring Alec or Gill on 01496 850615 or e mail

The Village

Portnahaven is a planned village built in the 19th century with fishing and crofting being the villagers main employment. The bay is sheltered from the sometimes ferocious Atlantic Ocean by two small islands, one of which has a lighthouse built by Robert Stevenson. On clear days the coast of Northern Ireland can be seen. The bay has a resident population of seals which can often be seen lying on the rocks close by, enjoying the sun. The residents of the village are very friendly and are used to welcoming visitors to the village at all times of the year. Fresh Crab and Lobster are commercially fished for from up to three boats moored in the bay. Like the rest of the island, catching glimpses of unusual birds and other wildlife is a daily occurrence. Dolphin and even Basking Sharks are often seen in and around the bay.

Port Wemyss is a neighbouring village situated right next to Portnahaven, and a friendly rivalry exists between the two sets of residents. Both villages share a church situated in Portnahaven, and residents of both villages enter the church through separate doors on all occasions except for funerals when entry is made through the Portnahaven door and exit made through the Port Wemyss door. Visitors are always made welcome to the services at the church.

The island is well served with public transport and all of the other many attractions on the island are never more than an hours drive away.

orsay lighthouse

Orsay lighthouse at winter sunset from the cottage