Useful information

Location – Burnside Lodge is located at the quiet end of the Island.  We are around 40 minutes from the Ferry Ports and Airport.  There is a public bus service, however no buses run on Sundays.  There are also several local Taxi’s. Please see the map which shows where we are in relation to the rest of the island.

Directions – From Bowmore, Port Ellen or Port Askaig head for Port Charlotte, then follow the road (A847) towards Portnahaven.  7 Miles from Port Charlotte you will reach the outskirts of the villages, and see a 30mph sign.  Turn left towards the lighthouse and then right when you reach the telephone box T-junction, Burnside Lodge is the last house before the bridge.  If you miss this turning and go on into Portnahaven, take the next left and you will come to Burnside Lodge from the other direction.   If you are using a Satnav our postcode is PA47 7ST. 

Ferry Travel – If you are intending to arrive by ferry bringing a car you must book your ferry as soon as you can, particularly during the Festival in May.

Eating out – we are within walking distance of the An Tigh Seinnse pub which serves food from 12 noon until 8pm on most days. Otherwise you will need to travel back to Port Charlotte or the other villages for your evening meal, please note that most places stop cooking between 8.30 and 9pm, which means that if you arrive on the 6pm ferry you will struggle to find anywhere to eat on Islay that evening.

About Burnside Lodge– Despite our best efforts the house is not easily accessible if you are unsteady on your feet. Our WiFi works perfectly in some rooms, but when the main body of the house was built in the early 1900’s  it was built to last, and the thick walls are not conducive to the transmission of radio signals. Neither do any of our guest rooms have televisions, this decision was based on feedback from past guests.

Dogs & Children - We love dogs but even our own black Labradors are not allowed in the house.  We also have two children, naturally as parents we think they are amazing, they rarely stray into the guest areas but you may meet them at breakfast. Our eldest will of course offer free crab fishing lessons to guests of all ages should you be interested!

We do not have a family room as such however either room can accommodate three people, plus a cot.  We are legally limited to a maximum of seven guests at any one time, so if you are bringing a baby, there is no charge, but you must tell us in advance. Maximum occupancy for either room is 3 people plus a child under 2. We do not allow young children to occupy rooms on their own.

Advance Bookings & Feis Ile – we usually only take bookings for the current year particularly during Feis Ile - the Festival of Malt and Music, which takes place in the last week of May each year, but if you have stayed with us before and would like to book for the Festival, please email us in the Autumn and we will book you in, the remaining rooms will be available from January.

Facebook and Twitter – Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @IslayBaker for the most up to date information on what’s happening at Burnside Lodge.


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