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Isle of Islay : The Island Destination of Scotland

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 via IslayInfo.

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