Known for its Whisky distilleries and impressive history, Isle of Islay
is the most southerly island of the Inner Hebrides. Its fascinating
landscape, sandy beaches, walking trails and picturesque outdoors offers
the perfect setting to lay back gazing the beauty of nature. With an
estimated population of just 3000, it is estimated that this island
destination is home to over 60,000 geese. And if you turn down the pages
to peek into its history, you can find this place dating back to the
time of vikings, who use to be the inhabitants. Narrating its tale
stands the tall standing stones, forts, castles, deserted villages and
ruins, showcasing its rich past.
Isle of Islay pronounced as 'eye-la', has
always been known for its distinctive Malt Whiskies with a different
flavour and aroma said to be, due to the peat fires used to dry the
grains. The seven whisky distilleries here are located in Ardberg,
Bowmore, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Caoi la, Bunnahabhain and Bruichladdich.
Whisky remains the major revenue for the government in Isle of Islay
with £100 million a year revenue as excise duty.
Don't miss out its well kept architectural
marvel in its ancient churches some of which dates by to 1200 years ago.
History lovers have lot more to explore in Isle of Islay, with the
remote area of Kilchiaran holding the ruins of the ancient Kilchiaran
Chapel. And tryout some activities at the Bowmore McTaggart Leisure
Centre offering an array of recreational activities like swimming,
golfing and horse riding.
Being a perfect place to escape, Isle of
Islay will never disappoint you, so much to see and do, this place is a
dream come true for travelers and history enthusiasts. This amazing
hideout attracts everyone from holiday seekers, leisure travelers,
nature lovers, bird watchers, and history lovers all round the year.
How to get here :
By ferry: There are two ports on Islay: Port
Ellen (tel: 01496 302209) in the east and Port Askaig in the north. Both
are served by vehicle ferries from Kennacraig (tel: 01880 730253) which
is located on the Kintyre Peninsula (100 miles north of Glasgow) and is
served by the CityLink bus service from Glasgow.
By air: Flights are available in light
aircraft from Glasgow (35 minutes). Scheduled flights are operated by
British Airways. Charters also possible. The airstrip is at Glenegedale
near Machrie Bay, 4 or 5 miles from Port Ellen. Prince Charles almost
crashed his plane here in 1994. For facilities, etc. visit the Islay
Airport web site (telephone number: 01496 302022).
Bus: Public transport on the island is good.
There's a coach and minibus service run by a local company, plus the
post bus operated by the Royal Mail. Bus Timetables are available online