What's On Islay Diary of Events - 2023-2024

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Last updated 03/10/2023

There are lots of exciting events and dates for your diary on Islay in 2023.

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. 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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Best B&B on entire trip. Man this place was amazing. This is my first and probably last review I’ll ever do but Donald deserves this. My now wife went on my dream trip to Islay with her mother and step-father. I was on cloud 9 to be on Islay to go to Laphroaig and thought my trip couldn’t get better. Was I wrong! The rooms were more the nice. Quaint and homey comes to mind. Nothing that blows you away but the seating area upstairs was a really nice touch between the two rooms. Soft beds and comfortable rooms will meat you and the beautiful countryside surround this place and make you feel like you are home. If you have a pair of couples this place is ideal as you can get the entire upstairs (2 rooms) to yourself. The kitchen downstairs is comfortable and the food was always top-notch to start our day.

For how nice and quaint the room was it doesn’t match the service we got. Donald (the owner) was by far the nicest person I have meet on my years of travel. From the moment we walked through his door he was there to make sure Islay was everything we could dream it be. His suggestions for food, awesome. His thoughts on what to explore (besides the planned distilleries) truly enjoyable places. His love and appreciation for Scotch (which he might share if you aren’t a dumb ar$e) made the Island that much more magical. My trip to Islay was 7 years in the making and Donald made sure I got everything I could possibly dream from outa Islay.

Moral of the story. This slice of heaven might be a little drive from the towns but if you want a nice quite place to escape to this is your dream. Donald will bend over backwards to make sure you enjoy your time and is one of the funnest/nicest/friendliest persons I have ever meet. I hate to share such a good place as I don’t want to ever have competition when I return but Gad Dam this place deserves the credit!

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