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The Big Strand, Islay
The longest sandy beach in Islay, stretching from Laggan Point to Kintra and the Oa Peninsula.

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Isle of Islay

A stunning island on the 'whisky coast' of west Scotland, the Isle of Islay is probably best known for its peaty, smoky whiskies. Some say they are the best in the whole world. Home to nine working distilleries, Islay definitely has the process of making the stuff down to a fine art, using peat cut from the mosslands to give 'Islay malts' their distinct flavours. Sláinte!

Even if whisky's not your favourite drink (though it soon will be!), 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!

Download our guide to whisky distilleries on Islay!

Islay Travel Information

How to get to Islay

You can catch the ferry daily from Kennacraig and once a week from Oban. Visit the Calmac website for more information. You can also fly to Islay, with Loganair operating flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow and Hebridean Air Services running flights from Colonsay and Oban.

How to get around Islay

There are regular buses on the island to transport you around. Find more information here.

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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