Audrey – Loganair:
A wonderful day in Islay with a group of amazing travel specialists 🌍🛫
We started the day checking in at Glasgow Airport and enjoyed FastTrack Security and onto the UpperDeck Lounge for breakfast rolls and coffee – thanks to Glasgow Airport for their support!
The first thing we learned on arrival into Islay is the correct pronunciation, is “Isla” silent ‘y’, remember this when speaking to a local!
First stop was #BruichladdichDistillery What an amazing place and great experience! Established in 1881 and they still use original equipment to make the most amazing Islay Whisky 🥃, 3 in total, Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Octomore and now the delicious The Botanist Islay.
Next stop onto the recently reopened #TheMachrieHotelandGolfLinks Golk
Links first opened in 1891…so much history on this beautiful island!
The 18 hole golf ⛳ course and all the facilities are amazing and highly recommend for all you golfers out there!
A lovely SPA is also on offer for those looking for R&R 🧖♀️🧖♂️, with beautifully stylish comfy bedrooms, amazing food and wine 🍷…..why wait!
Visit Islay with #LoganairScotlandsAirline 🏴 🛫
Fiona- Travel Architect:
It was 2 firsts for me recently, flying with Loganair and also visiting Islay
Our Saab 340 with 34 seats from Glasgow departed at 820am and we had landed in Islay 25 minutes later
Our first visit on the island was to Bruichladdich distillery, one of the 8 distilleries on the island, where we met the lovely Ailsa and Ashleigh, our tour guide who gave us the story and a comprehensive tour of the distillery. She was very enthusiastic and guided us through the various processes of making whisky and also the Botanist Gin
Bruichladdich produces unpeated Bruichladdich, heavily peated Port Charlotte and super heavily peated Octomore single malt whiskies.
After the tour it was on to sampling and some purchases for Christmas in the shop
Then it was onto the Machrie Hotel and Links, which has just recently reopened after a complete renovation programme and expansion with 47 rooms, suites and lodges
We had a fantastic lunch in 18 restaurant, looking out over the links course and the panoramic views of the Hebrides, designed by DJ Russell, the former European Ryder Cup Vice Captain. The dramatic setting of Laggan Bay and the acclaimed layout make the Machrie a challenging course to play.
We met David Foley the Head Golf Professional and hit some balls – a round of golf next time ?
The hotel has a variety of room types from classic up to the Ben Hogan suite, which have unobstructed views of the islands peat plain, the Mull of Oa, the greens of the golf course and out to the Atlantic ocean
There is a PureGray Spa and gym along with meeting rooms and a 30 seater screening room.
The Spa is Islay’s only spa and uses Aromatherapy Associates products – the smells were delightful as we wandered around that area !
All too soon it was time for us to head back on our 10 minute journey to the airport – not before afternoon tea and scones in front of a roaring fire !
At this point I just wanted to stay the night !
Loganair will start a new service from Edinburgh to Islay at the end of March as well as there flight from Glasgow