Things to See and Do

Islay is also known as the Queen of the Hebrides and is the most southerly island in the Inner Hebrides. It is well known for its wildlife and birdlife with well over one hundred species of wild birds frequenting its shores. It is surrounded by rugged coastline with miles of unspoilt beaches and boasts spectacular sunrises and sunsets. It has a world famous 18 hole Links golf course at the Machrie and 8 world famous whisky distilleries, with Ardnahoe Distillery opening late this year.

Each of the whisky distilleries have a shop and offer tours and tastings. Contact the individual distilleries to book tours and for more information.

RSPB Nature Reserve at Loch Gruinart

Wild Islay Bird offer bespoke wildlife and bird tours

Golf: The Machrie Links Golf Course

Fishing: Sea or Loch Permits can be bought at Dunlossit Estate Office  and Islay Estate Office

Wildlife and Fishing Tours

Finlaggan, the Ancient Seat of the Lords of the Isles where there is a visitor centre and you can visit this historical site.

The Museum of Islay Life

Swimming and Gym facilities at The MacTaggart Leisure Centre in Bowmore

Islay Woollen Mill visit the working mill and shop

Islay House Square for shopping and brewery and Community Garden

Pony Trekking at Ballivicar Farm and Sanaigmore

Cycling, walking and hiking bike hire from Jim Lutomski in Port Ellen

Annual events and festival: Islay Festival of the Sea, Walk Islay, Islay Beach Rugby, Islay Half Marathon, Islay Agricultural Show, Islay Book FestivalIslay Jazz Festival and the Ride of the Falling Rain.