What's On Islay Diary of Events - 2024

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Last updated 23/03/2024

There are lots of exciting events and dates for your diary on Islay in 2024.

For information on events throughout the season head to our Diary page.

Islay’s Festival of Music and Malt

Running from 24th May to 2nd June 2024, enjoy 10 days of celebrations of with this fantastic festival of Music and Malt. Each Distillery, including the neighbouring Isle of Jura, hosts festival celebrations.

To enjoy a flavour of the festival visit our Islay Festival blog

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Jura Fell Race

Saturday 25th May, the Jura Fell Race soak up the festival atmosphere as 200 fell runners take on the challenge of this spectacular feat, running in a race covering 7 summits, climbing 2370m, and covering a distance of 28km. The race is followed by a traditional Scottish ceilidh dance in the local village hall.

Persabus is ideally situated 5 minutes from the Jura ferry, allowing easy access to this beautiful island.

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Islay Half Marathon


A fantastic race in the heart of Bowmore. Dates for 2024 to be confirmed, more information is available here

Islay, Jura and Colonsay Agricultural Show

A celebration of the islands’ agriculture, 8th August 2024.

Meet the variety of breeds farmed on these islands, watch the judging of livestock and horses in the main show ring. Enjoy browsing the craft stalls, as you tuck into a tasty bite of the best of local produce from various food stalls. The island communities will come together to enjoy this fantastic show, the 175th agricultural show held on Islay, and followed with a traditional Scottish Ceilidh dance.

Islay Book Festival

Enjoy listening as authors share their stories and journeys. There will be book signings, readings and lots of exciting activities to participate in at the Islay Book Festival

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival

A fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the delights of beautiful jazz music in fantastic venues across Islay. 20th to 22nd September, 2024 More information can be found from Jazz Scotland

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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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5 Stars for Rosemary & Donald. Every part of our experience at Persabus Farm Cottage stag was warm, welcoming, friendly and helpful. Welcome tea and cake on arrival (very tasty). Our trip was researching family history for one of our party and Donald was a walking library of information knowing every farm’s location and much of the history, even those not in the area directly around Persabus farm. Donald generously gave us a lot of his time and knowledge that made locating the family farms and talking with the current occupants both easier and pleasurable. He and Rosemary were genuinely interested in what we were trying to do and in us also. Thank you both for making our mission / adventure successful which in turn made our time in Islay even more special.

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