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“A Wecoming Home Away from Home”
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40 Pier Road
Ranked #8 of 17 Port Ellen B&B and Inns
Reviewed 15 June 2015

We could not have asked for anything else in our warm and welcoming experience with Eleanor and Jim at 40 Pier Road. Everything was well-provided for, and our quarters were comfortable and spotlessly clean. It was so nice to come back everyday to a cozy sofa and fire in our room, which also included a dressing room and spacious bathroom. Breakfast served in the charming kitchen over-looking the harbor were fresh and abundant. Plus we were free to use the kitchen and did so one night when we needed a "night-in" break. Having the ferry so close is an added bonus.
Eleanor and Jim are great examples of the kindness and friendliness extended to visitors on Islay. They are thoughtful and knowledgeable and provide the kind of local information which is invaluable. We had a wonderful visit with them!

Room Tip: There are only two rooms, and we viewed both and found them clean, charming and more then adequate.
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  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 May 2015

We stayed here for 2 nights and everything was perfect. The location i close to the ferry and in centrum of the small town. Eleanor and Jim were great hosts and the breakfast was great. Our room was big and comfy.

  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2015

40 Pier Road was our comfortable base for a wonderful visit to Islay. Our accommodation (Finlaggan) was well-furnished and spacious, with views to the sea from bedroom and bathroom. Eleanor is a knowledgeable host, always able to suggest walks and local historical sites, and there are lots of guidebooks available to browse for ideas. Breakfast was delicious, and we appreciated being able to use the guest kitchen as an alternative to eating out in the evening. Warmly recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 April 2015

We stayed at 40 Pier Road for two nights during our stay at Islay. Eleanor and Jim were great hosts, very helpful and kind. We had a nice view towards the Port Ellen bay. The room was clean, beds were comfy (even my sofa bed!) and the bathroom felt newly renovated and fresh. There's also a shared kitchen with fridge and a stove where, if you want, you can cook your own food. Eleanor served us home made breakfast every morning which tasted great!

The whiskey distilleries on the south side of the Island (Laphroaig, Lagavullin and Ardbeg) are on a walking distance from Port Ellen (approx. 9km Port Ellen-Ardbeg). We had a nice day walking to the distilleries and back. Port Ellen is quite quiet though, if you want a little more pubs and restaurants I'd try Bowmore instead.

  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 December 2014

Well located close to the ferry from the mainland and to the pubs in Port Ellen, although a nice quiet location with lovely views from the bedroom and dining room out over the bay. There is also a small kitchen that guests can make use of which is handy and something that not many B&Bs have, so you could do your own lunch/evening meal if you wanted. The B&B owners were welcoming and gave us some good information/tips about what was going on around the island, and a good breakfast was served with a few different options available.

We were on Islay (as many people are) primarily to visit some of the distilleries, and Port Ellen is a good location for this as the three distilleries along the south coast (Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg) are all only a mile apart from each other, and the furthest is only 3 miles from Port Ellen so easily walkable from the B&B along the quiet coastal road, although a footpath is being built and was mostly complete at the time of our visit. With a bit of planning it is also possible to visit other distilleries on the island by public bus if you fancy a dram or two and can't drive. All in all, would happily recommend as a good B&B in its own right and also as a good location for seeing Islay.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about 40 Pier Road

Address: Pier Road 40 Frederick Crescent, Port Ellen PA42 7DJ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Islay > Port Ellen
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Ranked #8 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Port Ellen
Price Range: €69 - €103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — 40 Pier Road 4*
Number of rooms: 2

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