Pottery and beautiful views
Persabus Farm Holidays offer you an escape to the countryside with stunning panoramic views of the Paps of Jura and the Sound of Islay. Do visit our family pottery, just across from the cottages. Pop along and watch as I hand paint each piece with my unique designs, sharing the stories of Islay’s beautiful landscape and colours. If you fancy exploring your own creative journey then try your hand at pottery painting. We can glaze and fire pieces for you as you capture those fantastic holiday memories onto ceramics. Simply select an accommodation option to suit your needs, and enjoy the creative buzz at Persabus.
Dog Friendly Holidays on Islay
Want perfect dog-friendly holidays? Then bring your four-legged friends with you. We are very happy for our guests to bring well-behaved dogs on holiday too when staying in our self-catering cottages. But please note that we are on a working farm, so dogs must be kept under control when in the surrounding areas. With lots of lovely dog walks close by, Persabus is the perfect place for your dog to have an enjoyable holiday too. Each cottage has its own private garden, just perfect for dogs.
Did you know that Islay is known as the ‘Queen of the Hebrides’ ? With its rich, lush, fertile land you will soon see why she gained this fabulous title. As you journey across the Southern Hebrides, Islay is the most southerly island, between Ireland and the Kintyre peninsula of mainland Scotland. It is ideally situated to start your island hopping adventures, with the Isles of Gigha, Jura, and Colonsay close by. Persabus is a five minute drive from Port Askaig, so you are within close proximity to ferries running across to the Isle of Jura, and Colonsay .
Not only is Islay is known as the ‘Queen of the Hebrides’, she also gained the fabulous title of ‘The Whisky Isle’. Enjoy exploring Islay’s 9 distilleries, and then hop across to the Isle of Jura, where there is another whisky distillery. Enjoy supping on rum and gin too, as both Islay and Jura have their own rum and gin distilleries too. There are simply lots of opportunities for you to tantalize those taste buds and learn more about the history and journey of distilling.
Islay’s rich History
Did you know Islay’s rich history stretches as far back as 8,000 BC? You will enjoy discovering the finds from Archaeological digs on the island, so definitely make sure you visit The Museum of Islay Life. Here you will find tools and implements dating back to the Mesolithic period.
If you enjoy history I definitely recommend you pop over to Kildalton where in 800AD the 2.7m Kildalton Cross was erected. Enjoy stepping back to when Islay was part of the Gaelic Kingdom of Dal Riata. The atmosphere at the Kildalton Cross, with its intricately carved and ornate celtic designs, is quire something. The corss stands on the south west peninsula of the island, and remains largely in tact.
From the Viking invasions, and then, by the mid 12th century, Somerled’s rebellion against the Norse settlers, allowed Scotland to reclaim Islay. Enjoy this historical journey as you pop along to Finlaggan, which is very close to Persabus. Under Somerled’s descendants Islay had been independently ruled.
The beautiful coastline of Islay ranges from the dramatic cliffs of the Oa peninsula, the site of the American Monument, the rugged and wild north east coastline, stretching way beyond Bunnahabhain, where the wildlife come out to play, to the beautiful machairs, and the sandy coastlines of Machir Bay, Saligo, and the Big Strand. The coastline offers opportunities to see seals, otters, and dolphins at play, whilst journeying across the landscape to them will often lead to sightings of eagles, deer, and mountain goats.