GETTING THERE

You can catch a glimpse of Beach Cottage before landing at Glenegedale, about four miles from the house. The service is scheduled for 40 minutes although the actual flying time is usually half that. Seats 2A, 2D, 4A and 4D are best for views, row 3 does not have windows.

You can hire a car on Islay from £27/day though D and N MacKenzie. Tel: 01496 302300.

Fly

The quickest way to get to and from Islay is by plane. There are daily flights from Glasgow all year round. For most of the year there are morning and evening flights on and off the island with just a morning flight on Saturdays and an evening flight on Sundays. The frequency increases up to three times a day in summer.

The service is operated by Loganair on behalf of FlyBe. See www.flybe.com or telephone +44 (0) 13 922 685 13.

The flights from Glasgow are in small turboprop planes which take up to 36 passengers. On a clear day there are fabulous views of the Mull of Kintyre and the Isle of Arran.

Drive

Ferries to Islay leave from Kennacraig (Tel: 01880 730253) on the Mull of Kintyre. Kennacraig is 105 miles from Glasgow and  about 500 miles from London. The drive from Glasgow usually takes two and a half hours. Flying saves you a lot of time but you miss out on a drive through some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland.

You go up the western edge of Loch Lomond, skirt round the top of Loch Long and then down the western shore of Loch Fyne. A good place to break your trip is at the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, which is about half-way between Glasgow and Kennacraig.

There is nothing at the ferry port, so if you are ahead of schedule and want a cup of tea or to do some shopping, you should stop at Tarbert, a small fishing port about five miles before Kennacraig.

If using a SatNav device for the journey from Glasgow, insert “via Inveraray” to ensure you get the correct route.

Ferry

Ferries operated by Caledonian MacBrayne run from Kennacraig to Port Ellen, which is very convenient for Beach Cottage, and Port Askaig, in the north of the island. There are up to three two-hour crossings per day, depending on the time of year. You can book online at www.calmac.co.uk or by calling +44 (0) 8000 66 5000. Booking is essntial during holiday periods.

Speedboat

If coming from Northern Ireland, the easiest option could be a pick-up by Islay’s super-fast sea taxi operated by Islay Sea Safari They can get you here from Antrim in under an hour. Quick and exciting.

IS EASIER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK AND ADDS TO THE EXPERIENCE. FLYING IS QUICK AND SPECTACULAR. THE FERRIES ARE GREAT FUN AND THE JOURNEY THROUGH ARGYLL IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S LOVELIEST DRIVES.