Islay Activities and Adventures

With so many exciting things to see and do, here are some suggestions for activities and adventures to explore.  Our guide will help you to make the most of your Islay time.

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The Pottery

Visit Persabus pottery

Start enjoying your Islay time with fun filled activities at Persabus Pottery. See the beautiful hand-painted pottery that Rosemary creates all inspired by her island adventures. Additionally, you can get involved in your own pottery experience by taking part in a workshop or enjoy a’ pottery takeaway’ box! Boxes are filled with paints, brushes and sponges too allowing you to enjoy painting activities on the hills, at the beach, or in your accommodation.

Open Tuesday to Friday from 12 noon – 4pm, Saturday 12 noon – 3pm. 

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Fly Fishing on Lochs

Enjoy fly fishing activities and adventures spending time on Islay’s beautiful and tranquil Lochs. Both Loch (boat hire available) and river fishing is available. With lots of local lochs close by Persabus is really handy for those fishing adventures. Loch Ballygrant, Loch Aline and Loch Ardnahoe are all within walking ditance of the farm.. For fishing permits, salmon or trout and loch permits, contact the Estate offices, Dunlossit Estate Office and Islay Estate Office

Fly Fish Islay – Guided instruction

Just along the road we have John at ‘Fly Fish Islay.’  John MacCallum, director, has represented Scotland in the Commonwealth games fly fishing team, as well as competing in International and National competitions. Enjoy expert tuition from a ‘pro’, all ages and stages catered for. Equipment, lessons, as well as fishing expeditions can all be provided so do get in touch if you fancy a fishing holiday on Islay.

Telephone: ( +44 ) 07429607158       E-mail: [email protected]

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Islay Sea Adventures

Islay Sea Adventures is such an exciting way to see Islay’s spectacular coastline on board one of five fabulous charter boats. Explore the islands of Islay and Jura from the sea and sample delicious seafood onboard. These exciting adventures offer wildlife tours and fishing trips, culinary experiences, and adrenaline fuelled adventures. 

Islay Sea Adventures

Jura Boat Tours

Enjoy bespoke rib tours, circumnavigate Jura from Port Askaig, or from Craighouse. Trips run from April through to October

Jura Boat Tours

Islay Outdoors

Enjoy guided walks, wildlife walks, fishing trips and bird watching expeditions with former gamekeeper and local man Donald James MacPhee.

Islay Outdoors – Guided Tours on the Scottish Isle of Islay


Golfing on the famous Machrie Links Golf Course. Golf lessons available. Machrie.

RSPB Nature Reserve

Enjoy a fantastic bird watching experience at the RSPB hide.

The RSPB Reserve has various habitats. These include mudflats, saltmarsh, wet grassland, moorland, blanket bog and broadleaved woodland. These habitats encourage and support a huge variety of birdlife and wildlife. Enjoy watching a variety of birds from the hide or go on one of the guided walks at the  RSPB  Nature Reserve at Loch Gruinart.

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Islay Clay Pigeons offer group and individual instruction. All levels welcome. Phone Mark Piper 01496840120

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Cycle hire

If you are worried about cycling up steep hills Islayewheels offer fantastic electric bikes for hire. Home – Islay E-Wheels ( In Port Ellen: bike hire and cycle repairs  Welcome to Islay Cycles

Kayak Wild Islay and Fat-Bike Islay

Sea kayaking or fat bike tours.

Please call to book on Mondays Kayak Wild Islay – Explore Islay & Jura (

The MacTaggart Leisure Centre

Based in the heart of Bowmore the MacTaggart Leisure Centre has a heated swimming pool, sauna and gym.

Holiday sessions and activities include:
Inflatable Fun Tues & Fridays 8-16 years – swimmers only. Snorkelling and Seascooters Wednesdays 8+ years – swimmers only. Family Fun Thursdays Max age 7 years (four family pods). Lots of swimming lanes and family pods are available all week.. All sessions MUST be booked in advance.

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Explore our delightful Islay accommodation where we have a fabulous choice of country accommodation on this beautiful island.

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Things to Do

There is so much to see and do on the beautiful island of Islay and we have a section to help you decide what to do when you visit here.

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Persabus Farm, Port Askaig. Thanks to the excellent cottages at Persabus we had a really great 1st holiday on Islay. We were a party of 4 adults and five children and, by taking both cottages, we had plenty of room and enjoyed meals around the ample farmhouse table in Persabus cottage. Rosemary and Donald have kindly provided everything required for a good holiday. Right out of the door, there’s fantastic scenery, with views over to the famous Paps of Jura. A lovely quiet lane winds up the coast to the distillery at Bunnahabhain (excellent and informative tour by Scott). Close to ferry at Port Askaig so you could easily walk and go as foot passengers to Jura if you wanted to leave the car behind. We took the car and went up to Ardlussa, deer watching. We briefly explored most parts of Islay accessible by car. Interesting museum of Islay life at Port Charlotte. The one wet day was taken care of by Rosemary in the pottery- the children all loved doing their pots and I’m pleased to report no breakages on the way home. Having enjoyed plenty of Hebridean holidays in the past to other islands I have no hesitation in recommending Persabus and Islay. Many thanks Rosemary and Donald.

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