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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 ( 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 – he can offer full/half day tours, 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.

Some Tripadvisor comments:

“The real magic of the Kentraw Farmhouse was Isabel & Donald;”

“We found ourselves getting lost in conversations about the history of Islay with Isabel and Donald whose love of the island gives you an authentic experience;”

“Isabel & Donald are wonderful hosts that offered us great advice on exploring Islay.”