- Best for: Fans of Islay's famous peaty malt whiskies and vibrant island culture.
- Getting there: Islay is most easily accessed from the port of Kennacraig by ferry.
Things to see and do
With nine distilleries to visit, you'll no doubt find a favourite peaty dram to warm your cockles on Islay. You could visit Bowmore Distillery, situated in the heart of the village of the same name, or get up close to the stills of Lagavulin. Islay also boasts some lovely beaches, perfect for a winter stroll.
Unwind in a cosy fire-lit pub where you might hear some live traditional music. If you visit during November, experience the Islay Sessions, a small winter festival featuring incredible folk musicians.
Treat yourself to some fine Islay produce, including tasty fresh seafood. At the restaurant in the Port Charlotte Hotel, you can enjoy a sumptuous meal in elegant surroundings, or tuck into a bar supper in the relaxed atmosphere of the bar and conservatory.
The island offers a great range of places to stay, from traditional hotels to luxury eco-lodges with saunas and hot tubs.