About the Isle of Islay

Islay is the Southern-most isle of the Inner Hebrides and has about 3,000 inhabitants. It’s 25 miles long and 20 wide and has 130 miles of coastline – that’s a lot of beaches! Islay is chiefly known for its distinctive strong flavoured peaty whiskies – such as Laphroaig, Ardbeg and Lagavulin. There are 11 distilleries on Islay, and a visit to at least one for a tour and a dram is a must!


Food Stores for Self-Caterers

  • CoOp supermarket - Port Ellen
  • Spar supermarket - Port Ellen
  • CoOp supermarket - Bowmore
  • Butcher - Bowmore

Restaurants, Pubs and Cafe’s

  • Ardbeg Café - Ardbeg Distillery
  • The Islay Hotel (Ardbeg House), Restaurant, Pub – Port Ellen
  • Sea Salt Restaurant & Take Away – Port Ellen
  • Ellen's Wok: Take Away – Port Ellen
  • 1st Charlotte Street: Pub - Port Ellen
  • Ardview Inn:, Pub - Port Ellen

Places to visit

  • 11 Single Malt Whisky Distilleries
  • Kildalton Cross: 8th century
  • Dunyvaig Castle: Ruin next to Lagavulin
  • Finlaggan: Visitor Center, Ruins
  • Museum of Islay Life: Port Charlotte
  • Round Church: Bowmore
  • Islay Woolen Mill: near Bridgend
  • Islay House Square: shops, gallery, brewery
  • Portnahaven: Impressive waves when stormy
  • Machrie 18-hole Golf Course
  • Birdwatching: Loch Gruinart RSPB reserve
  • Loch Fishing: Port Ellen Angling Club
  • Sea Fishing: Islay Sea Adventures – Port Ellen
  • Cycling: bikes can be rented in Port Ellen