Islay Farm Holidays

Islay Farm Holidays and at Persabus we offer you the chance to enjoy unique holidays, with a personal touch. On the farm at Persabus we get to enjoy some of the most stunning views of both Islay and Jura.

A warm welcome awaits you from the whole clan at Persabus.

Our family has farmed on Islay for over five hundred years, with a history of farming here at Persabus for over a hundred years. From generations of Islay farmers in the family, today we have diversified, offering accommodation to suit all of our guests’ needs. So, we invite you to come and enjoy farming life on Islay. Enjoy stepping into our little pottery, where we capture the colours, patterns, landscapes and seascapes of beautiful island life.

Our journey over the past thirty years has involved breathing new life into the old farm steadings

Persabus Millhouse on Islay

Undertaking the renovations ourselves, the Happy Farmer carried out most of the work. From renovating the original farmhouse, Persabus Cottage, to the Millhouse next door. We now offer two bright, very different, comfortable homes inviting you and yours to come and join us and enjoy the ‘Persabus Experience’.

We continued the building work, and the stables were soon transformed into a separate B &B wing on the main farmhouse giving you the option of staying in the farmhouse, whilst enjoying your own private suite.

Farming still continues at Persabus

Highland Cow
Enjoy a farm holiday at Persabus and meet our Highland Cows

and these days we have a fabulous menagerie of animals. With several varieties of sheep, our beautiful Highland cows, our horses, the farm cats, and our bouncy, happy dog, it is a team effort at Persabus. A warm welcome awaits from the whole clan. From our feisty Hebridean sheep, hardy little creatures, oozing with attitude, Hebs are incredible characters. Our ladies enjoy being hand fed, and the flock belongs to our eldest daughter.

We have traditional black face sheep and sheep crossed with Texels and Blue Faced Leicesters. At lambing time these ladies usually need an extra helping hand from the farmer. If you are enjoying an Easter break at Persabus you will see him heading off on his lambing rounds, as the quad bike comes in handy with a ready supply of lambing paraphernalia.

Persabus is ideally located

within walking distance of the bus stop, but also has the added advantage of offering a quiet, secluded position. We do however recommend you bring a car as there is so much to see and do on the island, and in order to access all of Islay’s corners, and enjoy the charm of the different villages, a car allows you the freedom to explore.

Distillery visits

Statue of a Striding Man

and enjoy a day exploring Islay’s whisky journey. With 9 Distilleries, and more being built, Islay has earned its name as the whisky isle. With a long heritage of whisky distilling, soak up the island’s unique character as Distillery tours will guide you through the history, unique flavours and processes of distilling Islay’s world famous malts.

Walk through the fields across the farm to Caol ila Distillery,

where you can enjoy stunning views of the Sound of Islay, where the puffer boats once transported the whisky from the distillery to the mainland. Tuck into fresh coffee and home baking, or cheese or meat platters, along with whisky cocktails from their bar, and see the Striding Man Statue, with designs from our very own artists at Persabus.

Islay is steeped in history.

Persabus is very close to Finlaggan, the ancient Seat of the Lords of the Isles. Enjoy delving into the past, exploring the beautiful island and visitor centre.

As tiny glints of spring reveal themselves, as brightly coloured flowers begin to come into bloom, with teases of bursts of sunshine in the bluest of skies. After a long winter isn’t it time you treated yourself to an island break?