Welcome to McNicol’s Croft
Eight miles from Bowmore and the centre of Islay McNicol’s Croft is at the end of a private drive from the B8018 just after the hill at Foreland House. Situated between Bruichladdich distillery (2miles) and Kilchoman distillery (3miles) it is 4 miles from Machair bay with its wide sandy beach.
McNicol’s, an ex Croft, is in a privileged position for bird watchers and photographers. Close to the RSPB visitor centre and hides on the shores of Loch Gruinart, to Loch Gorm and Ardnave the area is ideal for sighting Islay special bird “spots” of Hen Harriers, Chough, Raven, White-tailed and Golden Eagles, all of which have been seen from the house.
McNicol’s Croft sleeps 4 in a double and a twin bedded room and has become available for rent in the spring of 2017.
The cottage is newly renovated and it’s situated in a peaceful, secluded location overlooking farmland along the road between Bruichladdich and Kilchoman. Due to its elevated position it includes beautiful views of Loch Gruinart, Loch Gorm, the locally known “Sleeping Giant” (a rock formation reminiscent of Sydney Opera House), Jura’s Paps and Bowmore on the shores of Loch Indaal.
From mid/late October the area fills with the calls of up to 50,000 migrating Geese, mainly Barnacle and Greenland white-fronted but other species are often to be seen in the feeding flocks. The sight and sound of the geese descending to roost on Loch Gruinart is one you will not forget. In spring the summer migrants join the resident birds. Male Corncrakes arriving in May soon call to attract a female and you may be lucky to hear one around the RSPB reserve at Loch Gruinart or even luckier to catch a glimpse of this elusive bird.
Visitors to Islay, the “Queen of the Hebrides” come to walk and relax in the peaceful surroundings of the bays, beaches and hills, to experience the wild coasts and spectacular views with possibilities of watching seals, otters and dolphins or maybe it is the distilleries, the seafood, the cultural and historical heritage which brings you here or just to appreciate the calm and quiet spaces and chatting with the friendly folk of Islay. Whatever your reasons to be here we hope you enjoy your time on the island and your stay in our cottage