About Islay

Please check out website www.islayinfo.com which has a wealth of information covering all aspects of The Island, including accommodation and places to eat!

Useful links

Port Ellen Marina

Bowmore Harbour Association

Islay's 8 Whisky Distilleries: Ardbeg Distillery Port Ellen , Bruichladdich Distillery , Caol Ila Distillery , Lagavulin Distillery , Bowmore Distillery , Bunnahabhain Distillery , Kilchoman Distillery , Laphroaig Distillery

Islay Festival of Malt and Music

Islay Jazz Festival

Cantilena Festival (classical music)

Outback Gallery Sanaigmore

Lady of the Isles Tours of Islay

Islay Golf Club

Pony Trekking - info@rocksidefarm.co.uk

Introduction to Islay

Islay is the most southerly island of the Inner Hebrides known as The Queen of the Hebrideas with a population of approximately 3500, boasting an abundance of interesting flora & fauna. In particular , Islay is well known for its birdlife with well over one hundred species frequenting its shores.

The climate on Islay is mild, being warmed by the Gulf Stream and in the Summer the many golden unspoilt beaches are very inviting. The famous Islay sunsets can be particularly spectacular!!

In June 2011 Port Ellen hosted Islay's first Festival of the Sea. It is hoped that this will become an annual event. Watch for details on this website as plans unfold for 2012.

A visit to Islay would not be complete without a visit to one of the eight working world famous distilleries. Daily tours are available and both Ardbeg and Kilchoman have lovely cafes where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch or coffee often accompanied by a local dram.

Golf is well catered for on Islay at the Machrie. It is a challenging 18 hole championship links course which is ranked among the top 100 courses in the UK.

The MacTaggart Leisure Centre in Bowmore has a 25m pool,sauna and gym if you feel the need to burn off a few calories.

There are a number of churches on Islay. For more information on services and events please click here.