view over bowmore and loch indaal

Islay, the most southerly of the Inner Hebrides, is an island of astounding beauty and grandeur. Warmed by the effect of the gulf stream, it is indeed an island Paradise. For young, old, active or retired there are countless delights to experience; the miles of deserted golden sands that complement the purple heather covered moorland; the picturesque hills stretching down to the acres of woodland while the island's natural history is matched only by the abundance of wildlife including birdlife, deer and seals, making it a naturalist's haven.

"The island of Islay, unique, remote and often mysterious, lends an attraction which draws you back time after time, always sending you home with memories that will stay in your heart forever "

There is something new to discover round every corner to suit every taste. With its eight working distilleries making Uisge Beatha, "The Water of Life" and discover some of the old-time secrets involved in its creation. A championship 18 hole golf course, sea and loch fishing on many of the island's estates, pony trekking, hill walking and diving the coastline's many ship wrecks, add to the romance of the island. Enjoy freshly caught seafood and locally produced meats in many of the island's hotels and restaurants. And no experience would be complete without joining in at one of the many ceilidhs or dances.