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The Clamshell

Isle of Whithorn, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 930074)

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside


27 Customer Reviews

  • "Great location & views."

    Accommodation welcoming.

    Reviewed by DaveAug 2021

  • "Love the area views are breathtaking and accommodation was excellent."

    There is no WiFi- Internet not great on Three but EE/Vodaphone works fine. Recommend take own portable router. Tv on the small side. One pub recommended, book first. One shop and coffee shop.

    Reviewed by SharonAug 2021

  • "A bigger TV would be recommended other than that we were very happy and enjoyed our stay thoroughly"

    Reviewed by NeilJul 2021

  • "A very comfortable, equipped first floor apartment overlooking the harbour with views of amazing sunsets and a variety of birds."

    The area is quiet with many walks, gardens and beaches to explore. A return visit is planned.

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2021

  • "The location is absolutely fabulous."

    Yes, it is 30 minutes North to get anywhere significant but there is enough locally to fill 4 or 5 lazy days. Host is friendly and available on site, but only if needed, otherwise we barely saw her. Lovely friendly and reasonable pub at Garlieston, and a nice cafe/tearoom and little shop in the community centre. A fantastic holiday and highly recommended.

    Reviewed by MikeMay 2021

  • "Amazing location with beautiful views and sunsets."

    Lovely well set-up apartment with wonderful pub and restaurant on the harbour.

    Reviewed by LizMay 2021

  • "We were pleasantly surprised by the accommodation and thought the photos did not do it full justice."

    Lovely location and given brighter weather would have stayed our extra day. Happy to recommend

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2020

  • "I would have no hesitation recommending this lovely flat situated in a lovely little village with amazing views plus the added bonus of having The Steam Packet Inn next door serving excellent food."

    The St Ninian Tearoom and shop selling essentials and crafts is worth a visit. We were extremely lucky with weather thus able to take advantage of the many walks enjoying the scenery to advantage. Ideal for a break during these turbulent times. A special thanks for the welcome gift.

    Reviewed by IssyOct 2020

  • "The location."

    Great walks on the doorstep and within 1 hours drive; lots of local interest; and a micro brewery and real ale next door.

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2020

  • "Although having received the generic email from Sykes just before our visit advising us about Covid precautions and what to expect - it was very good to speak to Janine on the phone."

    She answered our concerns and reassured us with what she does - steam cleaning throughout. Although the flat is immediately adjacent to the pub this caused no disturbance - a pleasant surprise. The kitchen is well equipped - everything we needed for cooking from scratch - saucepans were brilliant. The bed and pillows surprisingly comfortable. Lovely outlook onto the harbour and an ideal location for walking and exploring the local area. Janine caught us as we arrived welcomed us andgave us some suggestions for local walks. Sorry we didn't see her to say goodbye.

    Reviewed by PatriciaSep 2020

  • "Brilliant location."

    Friendly people, Janine there if needed. Fantastic views over harbour when having breakfast

    Reviewed by StephenAug 2020

  • "The owner had made sure the apartment was very clean so we felt safe in these Covid times."

    Reviewed by ColinJul 2020

  • "Beautiful location with wonderful sunsets from the living room window."

    We found the flat very suitable - nicely decorated, very clean (obviously Covid19 thought-through processes to keep everything very clean). Bed was very comfortable with good quality bed linen.

    Reviewed by AnneJul 2020

  • "It's a great location, lovely views."

    Owner Janine very helpful. Clean an comfortable. Locals very friendly an welcoming. Good atmosphere in pub with staff. Good food in pub also.

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2019

  • "Lovely clean, warm and cosy flat,even without any heating on."

    We would endorse all the other positive reviews. A nice surprise was the wealth of activities and places to visit in the area. The Isle of Whithorn was charming and Jannine ,the owner of the Clamshell, made helpful suggestions for some coastal walks. Whithorn itself was also very interesting and a trip to the Story of Whithorn visitor centre was excellent. The town trail was enjoyable and the café at the visitor centre was a delight. We enjoyed the whole region, the views, the peace and quiet. A great week.

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2019

  • "Janine the host was very formative explaining everything within the clamshell ."

    Also giving us pointers on where to visit during our stay . Would definitely recommend if your looking for a place to chill out and unwind , with the local pub next door serving excellent meals what more could you ask for .

    Reviewed by DarrenAug 2019

  • "A lovely apartment in a great location every thing you needed for a peaceful holiday."

    The caretaker was friendly and very helpful and would certainly recommend these apartments for a restful break.

    Reviewed by KeithAug 2019

  • "Lovely peaceful location."

    Our apartment was immaculate. Great views of the harbour from the living room. Jannine Kelly the owner, is a lovely lady. Pub next door serves great food and real ale. Local shop has few supplies, so stock up prior to arrival. (Jannine did tell us about this, so it wasn't a problem)

    Reviewed by IngridAug 2019

  • "Fantastic flat with everything you need."

    Lovely views over harbour and some great walks nearby

    Reviewed by KathleenJul 2019

  • "Limited tv, no wifi at all."

    ...apart from those two things....brilliant.

    Reviewed by BillJun 2019

  • "Facilities excellent, exceptional and welcoming host exceeded all expectations!"

    Reviewed by dsdfsdfsdSep 2018

  • "Great holiday, was the first time we have used Sykes and will definitely use again The Owner Mrs Kelly."

    was very friendly and helpful and everything was very clean in the flat Well stocked kitchen too

    Reviewed by Elizabeth AnnSep 2017

  • "Very peaceful and better weather than the rest of the country was getting"

    Reviewed by AndrewJun 2017

  • "Well presented and comfortable accommodation in a fantastic location with a very friendly and welcoming community"

    Reviewed by JamesMar 2017

  • "Clamshell is a cosy comfortable flat with marvellous views over the harbour."

    The landlady is efficient and friendly and provided some useful bits and pieces, tea, milk etc to get us started. Thanks also for the information about the baby sealright on the harbour wall, the highlight of our stay.

    Reviewed by HelenOct 2016

  • "We were greeted by the owner who was extremely helpful."

    The apartment was in excellent order and situated with excellent views. We'd recommend this to all. We will certainly be visiting again.

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2016

  • "It is in a quiet friendly village."

    The property had lovely views over the harbour and was adjacent to a great pub/restaurant.

    Reviewed by RosemaryMay 2016

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The property

This delightfully-presented, first floor apartment is set in a charming fishermen’s warehouse conversion, right on the harbour’s edge in the working fishing village of Isle of Whithorn.

All first floor, this coastal cottage apartment gives a modern flavour to a traditional setting.

Ideal for a couple looking for a relaxing break, this self-catering apartment has a double bedroom, bathroom and a spacious open plan living space with a dining area, sitting area and a well-equipped, fitted kitchen.

Stunning views across the harbour greet you as you relax over breakfast and plan your day.

Stroll round the harbour and take in the visitor centre, or have a meal in the Steam Packet Inn just yards from your front door.

Explore the coast by land and sea with a sea-angling boat trip or a coastal walk or cycle ride.

A lovely coastal apartment offering a relaxing break at any time of the year.

Note: This property will be pet free from 28th July 2018


  • All first floor
  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with FreeSat, DVD, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking space for 1 car, plus additional parking available nearby.
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5 mins walk, pub next door
  • Note: This property will be pet free from 28th July 2018

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About the location


Whithorn 4 miles; Garlieston 7 miles, Wigtown 14 miles; Newton Stewart 22 miles.

Referred to locally as 'The Isle', the Isle of Whithorn is designated an outstanding conservation area. The graceful crescent of shore and neat houses that make up the harbour presents a perfect spectacle in any camera’s viewfinder. Already in existence 1600 years ago, the community was at the very beginning of Scotland’s Christian history when Ninian, Scotland’s first missionary and saint, founded his church at Whithorn. The Isle Church itself, a former Free Kirk, stands prominent in defiance of the highest of tides. The Isle harbour, once the host of cargoes of coal, fertiliser and timber is now busy throughout the year with local boats fishing for crabs and lobsters, as well as catches of scallops brought in by the visiting Manx fleet. However, some of the best goes straight in through the doors of the award-winning Steam Packet Inn on the waterfront! Take a walk along the Harbour and enquire about local sea-angling opportunities. At the end of the Harbour, follow the signs for St Ninian’s Chapel and shortly you’ll come to the Witness Cairn. Just a short distance away stands the 14th century ruin of St Ninian’s Chapel, once a place where pilgrims were welcomed and now in the care of Historic Scotland. It’s an easy climb up the Cairn to the distinctive white tower which has been a mariner’s landmark for close on two centuries. At the top you can behold the majestic expanse of the Solway and the Irish Sea. Across the water lie the great peaks of Cumbria’s Lake District, while due south lies the Isle of Man, its nearest point just 18 miles away. The Isle is a welcoming port for visiting leisure sailors and bowlers too. So please bring your boat and your bowls! At the Isle you will discover a tranquil place that is much more than just a view. Welcome to the Isle!

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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