Isle of Islay
The Isle of Islay promises an amazing experience with its birdlife, seafood, peaty whiskies and dramatic coastal seascapes.
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!
Travel to and around Islay
You can catch the ferry daily from Kennacraig and once a week from Oban.
Take the flight of a lifetime, with Loganair operating flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow and Hebridean Air Services running flights from Colonsay and Oban.
Check out the Loganair flights on their website
Bus and coach
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.
Places to stay
From charming hotels to glamping pods, Islay has a great selection of accommodation options to choose from.
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Food and drink in Islay
With the sea on its doorstep and island bursting with life, there's plenty of fresh food and drink to try in addition to their famous whiskies!
Map of Islay
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Ideas for things to do in Islay
From exploring the islands distilleries to adventuring on scenic beaches, there's plenty to do on Islay.
Explore one of Islay's stunning beaches
Islay is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland
8 of Scotland's Best Island Ferry Routes
There’s something special about ferry journeys. They offer a sense of adventure, a link to our seafaring past, and a showstopping island conclusion.
Have an adventure with guided outdoor activities on Islay
Guided outdoor activities on Islay, Jura and Colonsay
Islay is packed full of wild scenery, flora and fauna to explore as well as nine unique distilleries to try.
Tours, routes and trails
Check out some tours and trails on the island, from sampling the exquisite whisky and finding out more about distilleries to exploring the open sea.
Discover more about the festivals and events taking place on Islay, including family-friendly fun and whisky festivals.
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