Living the Dream

People are always intrigued and want to know what it was like for me moving from the city to live on Islay. When I first arrived here to be with my Happy Farmer I honestly didn’t know if island life was for me. It was very different to city living. We had a ‘plan B’ [...]

Every Picture…

Islay’s festival of Music and Malt has begun. The island is bouncing. So many happy people have yet again made the journey over to Islay to celebrate with the musicians, the dancers, the chefs, the distilleries and of course the islanders themselves. There are whisky academies, master classes, nosings, ceilidhs, gin tastings and cocktails, special [...]

A Room with a View

This morning, with the sun streaming through the bedroom window, the Happy Farmer and I were sitting with a morning cuppa, contemplating the day’s breakfasts when the peace was abruptly disturbed. Initially it was a clanking and rattling sound, then footsteps crunching across the yard. A loud whistle and then a yodel or two. The [...]

An Islay Wedding

Oh, my goodness it has been a busy time. With lots of lovely guests, a pottery overflowing with afternoon teas. Cake stands brimming with sandwiches and lots of delicious home baking. ‘Delicious’ according to the Happy Farmer who seems to be frequently getting caught as I watch him smuggling cakes out of the pottery and [...]

Beauty Treatments on the Farm

This morning’s breakfast guests have travelled many miles over the oceans to reach our Islay shores. Arriving to experience all that a whisky adventure has to offer, Islay took preference.  Lying on sun drenched beaches in hotter climes closer to their home did not appeal. The wild and beautiful landscape of Scotland was calling. As [...]

Portable Accommodation Suites

The Happy Farmer is dancing with glee. Yesterday he was lucky enough to be the first member of the clan to hear the cuckoo at Persabus. Later in the day I was also treated to the returning call of our spring visitor who is known to be quite selective and evasive when it comes to [...]

Ardnahoe Distillery

For the past few days there has been a bitterly cold wind blowing across the land. According to the Happy Farmer it’s a ‘snell’ wind, one that doesn’t go around you, but bites right through you. On the farm the whisky journey continues as today the tractor is trundling up and down the field, ploughing [...]

An Islay Spring

At Persabus we have gone from a steady ‘first gear up to fifth gear’ in a matter of days. Spring has arrived and the farm is buzzing with visitors and guests. The pottery has been full of energy and creativity. We have welcomed back so many lovely regulars, with Persabus Pottery being a firm fixture [...]

An Island Childhood

At Persabus we hope your stay with us will centre around making good memories for you and your family. In the Persabus family albums I am met with rosy cheeked young faces giggling and smiling back at me. An Islay childhood is something to be treasured. The photos tell a story of each season unfolding. [...]