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.
Persabus is ideally located for visiting Ardnahoe Distillery, Caol ila Distillery and Bunnahabhain Distillery.
Ardnahoe Distillery is a fifteen-minute walk from Persabus along the single-track road. It will be opening very soon. Our eldest daughter has worked with the team at Ardnahoe Distillery in the early days when the distillery was the very early stages of being developed. Tours and tastings can be booked via Ardnahoe Distillery’s website https://ardnahoedistillery.com/
Caol ila Distillery is a fifteen-minute walk along the farm track from Persabus. Caol ila and Lagavullin Distilleries are owned by Diageo.
Lagavullin Distillery is in the south of Islay. A bus service operates between Port Askaig and Lagavullin.The bus stop is a five-minute walk from Persabus.
Tours and tastings for Caol ila Distillery and Lagavullin Distillery can be booked via their website
Bunnahabhain Distillery is a 45-minute walk from Persabus. Bunnahabhain Distillery can trace its origins back to 1873. Our children have worked as tour guides at Bunnahabhain Distillery for several summers. We are on hand to help with any questions you may have. Tours and tastings at Bunnahabhain Distillery can be booked via their website
Laphroaig Distillery is in the south of Islay. It is a forty-minute drive from Persabus. Buses also operate between Port Askaig and Laphroaig. Our son has in the past worked as a tour guide at Laphroaig Distillery. He took visitors on water to whisky tours as well as warehouse tours. We are on hand to help with any questions you may have. Tours and tastings at Laphroaig Distillery can be booked via their website
Bruichladdich Distillery is located on the south western tip of Islay. Our son has worked in the bottling hall at Bruichladdich Distillery and our eldest daughter was a tour guide there for several summers. Bruichladdich Distillery is also home of the Botanist Gin. At Persabus Farm we grow barley for Bruichladdich Distillery. Tours and tastings at Bruichladdich Distillery can be booked via their website https://www.bruichladdich.com/
Kilchoman Distillery is Islay’s Farm Distillery. It is the smallest distillery on the island. It grows its own barley at Kilchoman. It has a fantastic restaurant and shop which is open during the daytime. It is also close to Machir Bay one of Islay’s most spectacular beaches. Tours and tastings at Kilchoman Distillery can be booked via their website https://kilchomandistillery.com/
Bowmore Distillery is situated in the heart of Bowmore. Bowmore is the main village on Islay. It is a 20-minute drive from Persabus. Buses also operate between Port Askaig and Bowmore.
Tours and tastings at Bowmore Distillery can be booked via their website https://www.bowmore.com/
Jura Distillery On the neighbouring Isle of Jura we have Jura Distillery. The ferry to Jura runs from Port Askaig which is a five-minute drive away. The ferry does not have to be booked. It operates regularly on a daily basis. Tours and tastings can be booked via their website https://jurawhisky.com/
Jura is also home to Lussa gin https://www.lussagin.com/
RSPB Nature Reserve at Loch Gruinart www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/loch-gruinart/
Wild Islay Bird offer bespoke wildlife and bird tours www.wildislaybirding.co.uk
Golf: The Machrie Links Golf Course https://www.campbellgrayhotels.com/machrie-islay-scotland/gallery/
Wildlife and Fishing Tours www.islay-sea-adventures.co.uk
Finlaggan, the Ancient Seat of the Lords of the Isles where there is a visitor centre and you can visit this historical site. www.finlaggan.org
The Museum of Islay Life www.islaymuseum.org
Swimming and Gym facilities at The MacTaggart Leisure Centre in Bowmore www.mactaggartleisurecentre.co.uk
Islay Woollen Mill visit the working mill and shop www.islaywoollenmill.co.uk
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 www.lutomskiart.co.uk
Annual events and festival: Islay Festival of the Sea, Walk Islay, Islay Beach Rugby, Islay Half Marathon, Islay Agricultural Show, Islay Book Festival, Islay Jazz Festival and the Ride of the Falling Rain.