Islay

The Island is known as the Queen of the Hebrides. A beautiful Island, with green pastures, long undisturbed beaches and the rugged beauty of the West Highlands. Islay is situated off the south-west coast of Scotland beyond the island of Arran and the Mull of Kintyre and lies out into the Atlantic where the warmer waters of the North Atlantic drift ensure that it does not suffer the severe winters found on the mainland. The low lying aspect of the Island allows the weather systems to pass over quickly and maintain its enviable position as one of the sunniest places in Britain.

Things to do

Islay is a tranquil place, fascinating for bird watchers, ideal for walking, cycling (bicycles are for hire in the village), horse riding and fishing. It has beautiful sandy beaches and a first- class golf course and is perfect for a relaxing holiday. A holiday in Islay is never dull. There are beaches to explore, walks with new sights at every turn and the many small towns to discover to say nothing of the eight distilleries which are all worth visiting.

Throughout the year there are many island festivals that are worth visiting – the whisky festival, the jazz festival and the book festival are all becoming more popular every year and tickets and accommodation hard to come by.