Isabel & Donald James would like to welcome you to Kentraw Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast.

Donald James (known as DJ) was born on Islay (an Ileach) and Isabel moved to Islay from the mainland to marry DJ in 1984, so between them, they have so much local knowledge to impart to their guests.

After working with Dunlossit Estate on Islay for 40 years, DJ and Isabel took early retirement from their jobs and bought Kentraw Farmhouse. It had already been running as a B & B for four years, so on the 27th June 2014, Isabel & DJ arrived on the doorstep to take over the business with guests in place!

However, they stepped up to the mark and quickly settled in to looking after all their guests and have not looked back. They offer an Islay welcome from start to finish and will attend to your every need. While you sit having your breakfast in the morning, DJ or Isabel can point you in the right direction for walking paths, visiting ancient sites or simply arranging a distillery tour.

DJ has now set up his ‘Islay Outdoors’ company islayoutdoors.com where he is now putting his knowledge to work on behalf of his clients, ensuring that no matter how brief their stay on Islay, they have an unforgettable outdoor experience, so please take a look at his web site to see what he can offer you? There are discounts available if you decide to stay with us at Kentraw Farmhouse. Isabel and Donald James are renowned for the excellent quality and attention to detail that they offer all their guests and endeavour to ensure that everyone’s stay is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Islay Back in Time

If one would travel around Islay one hundred years ago equipped with a modern camera things wouldn’t look that much different from today. Often the black and white pictures give that special atmosphere from times past. The Islay pictures on this page date back from almost hundred to sixty years ago when life was probably a lot harder on Islay then it is today, which doesn’t mean of course people weren’t happy in those days. Wouldn’t it be great to travel back in time and see for yourself how life was one hundred years ago, some of us probably wouldn’t come back at all. Anyway, please enjoy this little trip back in time on the beautiful Isle of Islay. An enlargement of each picture is available by clicking on it, it will open a new window.