Distilleries

Bunnahabhain Distillery, Islay, from the sea.

www.theislayfestival.co.uk has information on the Islay Malt and Music Festival

Islay also has it's own brewery.

Transport on Islay

For car hire on the island www.islaycarhire.com and www.carhireonislay.co.uk.

Taxis

Path through Bridgend woods, Islay, with snowdrops.

Cycle Hire

Port Ellen Playing Fields Association, Ellen Brown, Port Ellen - tel: 07831 246911

Jim Lutomski has a number of better-quality bikes for hire, and a good range of bikes for sale.  Ring 07760 196 592 for details.

Cycle Repairs

Jim Lutomski, Clearwater Marine, Port Ellen Industrial Estate (behind the White Hart Hotel) - 07760 196 592

Activities on Islay

Golf.  You can book a round of golf at the world famous Machrie Golf Course or book a lesson with their professional to brush up your skills.

Mediaeval grave slabs at Kildalton, near Port Ellen, Islay.

The Museum of Island Life has a fascinating collection of exhibits from the Mesolithic era to 20th century as well as a range of photographs depicting life on Islay.  If you want to research your family history on Islay, the Family History Society can offer you help.  We had some help from www.freewebs.com/wheechmcgeenes/ and we thoroughly recommend John's great genealogy service.

A few hours spent pony trekking is a wonderful way to see the island. We recommend Ballivicar for a delightful trek along the beach.

Finlaggan is open all through the week during the summer.  The seat of the Lord of the Isles, the landscape is both beautiful and haunting.

Islay Natural History Trust has loads of information about wildlife on Islay.  If you're bringing the kids try www.wildlife4kids.co.uk.

The RSPB has two reservations on the island: Loch Gruinart on the north west and The Oa near Port Ellen.

Black Bottle Isle of Islay Pipe Band - our very favourite pipe band.  Please support the band by buying their CD on-line, at Itunes or at several locations on the island.

Information on Islay

Islay heather in full bloom.

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For a handy guide to Islay, download Armin Grewe's “Little Islay Guide”.