Islay
Isle of Islay © Andrew Ward / Dollar Photo

Islay, the 'Queen of the Hebrides', is probably best known for its peaty, smoky whiskies. Some say they are the best in the whole world. Home to eight working distilleries, Islay definitely has the process of making the stuff down to a fine art. Sláinte!

Even if whisky's not your poison, Islay still promises an amazing experience with its birdlife, seafood and dramatic coastal seascapes, and who knows, you might even develop a taste for it after your visit!

The whisky

Peat is still cut from the mosslands, giving the 'Islay malts' their distinct flavours. The island is perfectly placed for whisky production, with its pure water source, sea spray and fertile lands for growing barley. The distilleries welcome visitors to watch the production process and, even better, sample their delights.

Download our guide to whisky distilleries on Islay!

Travel in Islay

You can catch the ferry daily from Kennacraig and once a week from Oban. Visit the Calmac website for more information.

There are regular buses on the island to transport you around.

Islay is also the main gateway to Jura where you can enjoy even more whisky! The ferry crossing only takes 5 minutes and runs regularly throughout the day.

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