ABOUT ISLAY

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Islay is the most southerly island of the Inner Hebrides and is known as “The Queen of the Hebrides”.

The climate on Islay is mild, being warmed by the Gulf Stream. The island scenery is breathtaking with miles of golden beaches and beautiful countryside and the famous Islay sunsets can be particularly spectacular!!  Islay also boasts an abundance of wildlife and is particularly well known for its bird-life, with well over one hundred species frequenting its shores.

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 excellent cafes where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch or coffee often accompanied by a local dram –  Ardbeg Distillery  , Bruichladdich Distillery , Caol Ila Distillery , Lagavulin Distillery , Bowmore Distillery , Bunnahabhain Distillery , Kilchoman Distillery , Laphroaig Distillery

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. Islay Golf Club

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

Islay hosts a number of annual events such as the Festival of the Sea, Beach Rugby, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music and the  Islay Jazz Festival

If it’s wildlife trips that you’re interested in, do check out Islay Sea Adventures at Lagavulin.

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

If you are interested in boating you can contact Port Ellen Marina or Bowmore Harbour Association

If you want to find out more about Islay, please do check out the website www.islayinfo.com which has a wealth of information covering all aspects of the island, including places to eat!