Isle of Islay

Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, just off the West Coast of Scotland. Known as the ‘Queen of the Hebrides’, Islay is an amazing island experience – spectacular beaches, fabulous country walks, panoramic views and a multitude of species of wildlife, especially birds.

Islay is known as the whisky island and home to 9 distilleries which are very popular visitor attractions our closest Bruichladdich is also the creator of The Botanist Gin.

Getting Around

There is a local bus service available from Portnahaven 6 days a week. There are no Sunday or evening services.

Bus timetables available as follows:
Islay Coaches 01496-840273

There are a few Taxis Services on Islay – contact us for details if required

Car Hire
This can be arranged on Islay both for collections at the Airport and Ferry Terminals.
Islay Car Hire – 01496-810544 / 07824-665099 or info@islaycarhire.com.
Cresswell Cars Ltd – 01496-302300 or carhire@cresswellcars.com.

(Driving on Islay can often be on single track roads with lots of passing places please be courteous and draw in and let people pass.)

Explore Islay

  • Nine distilleries – see links to websites below.

  • Islay Sea Adventures – Offers wild-life tours/ Fishing trips & Boat charters.

  • RSPB Reserves at Loch Gruinart & Kileyan on Mull of Oa – guided walks are available.

  • Finlaggan – the Ancient Seat of the Lord of the Isles. Walk to the small island via the wooden causeway to visit this historical site and find out more about Islay’s history at the Visitor Centre.

  • Museum of Islay Life – This is situated in Port Charlotte and takes you back in time with both collections and information on Islay history.

  • The Kildalton Cross – situated past Ardbeg, this cross is over 1200 years old and still in its original location.

  • The Islay Woollen Mill – visit the working mill and shop for traditional Islay tweeds and gifts.

Activities on Islay

Islay Gallery