Islay bird watching holidays…

If you are looking for birdwatching holidays in Scotland then there is no better location than the island of Islay. Here at Islay Cottages, we offer superb accommodation where you can spot a variety of species from your own doorstep…

To book, look at the 'Availability Page' here on our website and check your chosen accommodation is free. You can then check our tariffs here to see what each property costs in the relevant year to when you want to book. Then fill in the online booking form on this page or contact us here by email. Or you can book by telephone on 07880 706356 or 01496 850382.

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Bird Watching Holidays in Scotland on Islay

Are you looking for bird watching holidays in Scotland? Then why not come along to the island of Islay for an unforgettable break? Islay is famous for its bird watching holidays and here at Islay Cottages, we offer the option of guided birding trips or self-guided walking holidays. The stunning island of Islay boasts some of the best bird watching in Scotland. With over 100 species present on the island, year-round it is an ideal destination for the avid bird watcher. From Eider Ducks to Golden Eagle’s, Islay has it all.

A huge variety of bird species

Our little Island is renowned across Europe for our enormous variety of birdlife – home to numerous species of raptors. On any typical birding tour, you may well see eagles and hen/cock harriers. And don’t let the weather chase you away… Winter is one of the most beautiful times to visit! From October onwards the skeins of barnacle and white-fronted geese also arrive creating spectacular winter flights in the morning and evening.

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Guided Walks

And if you fancy joining a guided walk through Loch Gruinart to see some of the variety of birdlife that inhabits the island you can join one. From the 4th of April to 31st October guided walks are available every Thursday costing £5 for non-members and £3 for members.

Our accommodation

Each of our Islay self-catering holiday cottages offers island maps and routes to help you make the most of your stay. Our team is also always on hand should you need any further guidance or help on your birding excursions.

Accommodation options vary from group holidays for up to 10 people at our luxurious Kilchoman house, to a cosy little cottage sleeping up to 4 people, complete with log fire. Here you can snuggle up with an Islay dram or two when you return from a busy day of bird watching. You can find out more about the Islay Bird life Here and on

our Facebook page. You can also use this interactive map to help you plan your trip.

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What’s included in your stay:

  • Cosy self-catering accommodation
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • 5-minute walk from the beach
  • An abundance of wildlife on your doorstep


Get in touch and get booking you bird watching holiday in Scotland today!

Whether you want us to book you on a guided tour or you want to self-guide you can call us on 01496 850382 or email us through our online contact form here.  You can also book online below by clicking the booking button. Be sure to quote ‘BIRDWACTHING’ in the voucher code box on our online form or over the phone when booking. We have the best Group Self Catering in Scotland for miles! Book your birdwatching holiday in Scotland, on one of the most beautiful Island’s today.

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