The beautiful Isle of Islay is a rather inviting place indeed. So much so, we reckon you'll want to spend at least a few days here, if not a great deal longer. Wildlife, coastal scenery, peaty moors, historic distilleries - it's all drama and, err, drams! There's probably no better way to end a busy day on Islay than with a relaxing whisky before you hit the hay - after all, it's home to eight distilleries.
But where to rest your head? Luckily, Islay has plenty of choice, with a great variety of serviced and self-catering accommodation across the island.
You could stay in:
- Well-equipped glamping pods set in picture perfect locations.
- Charming traditional hotels with sea views and bars stocked with local whiskies.
- Cottages - cosy white washed holiday cottages, modern seaside beach cottages, lochside distillery cottages and more!
- Welcoming family-run B&Bs and guesthouses.
- Luxury eco-dwellings, perfect for romantic breaks.
- Comfortable open plan caravans.
- A great value hostel housed in a converted whisky warehouse.
Getting to Islay is pretty straightforward, with daily sailings from Kennacraig on mainland Argyll to either Port Ellen or Port Askaig, and there's also a weekly service from Oban, which stops en route to Colonsay.
Fill your days uncovering distilling secrets, spotting wildlife on boat trips, enjoying strolls along pristine beaches and discovering more about the special way of life on this island. Whatever you do on Islay, the combination of sea air and comfy accommodation means you'll definitely get a great night's sleep!