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Tranquil and Enchanting
The scenic island of Islay is thought to be the birthplace of whisky in Scotland, and with nine working distilleries, Islay continues to export the “water of life” throughout the world. The island is 25 miles long by 20 broad, and is the southernmost of the Hebridean chain of islands on Scotland’s West Coast. It provides the perfect environment for whisky making, with abundant quantities of pure, clear, soft water, and virtually unlimited supplies of peat and fertile farmland. Laphroaig, Ardbeg, and Bowmore, are not only world-renowned whisky brands, but also the names of the villages and towns scattered along this magical island, for there is more to Islay than whisky.
Islay is famous for it’s wildlife, especially the spectacular flock of barnacle geese that overwinter on the island, thus delighting bird watchers.
Artists and photographers will enjoy capturing the ever-changing light playing over mountain and moorland, on seascape and landscape, whilst the nature enthusiast will enjoy walking along miles of soft golden sands and soaking in the atmosphere of this unique island.
There are many memorable villages and whitewashed ports well worth a visit, as well as historical sites such as Kildalton Cross, one of the most stunning Celtic crosses in existence, and the curious Round Church in Bowmore.
Islay has much to offer the sporting type. The 18 hole Machrie golf course, one of the last true traditional links courses in Scotland, challenges even the most experienced of golfers with its undulating terrain, natural hazards and fickle sea breezes.
With seven working distilleries, Islay is a great place to discover the history of Scottish whisky. Most of the distilleries offer guided tours to visitors allowing you to learn more about the secrets behind your favourite whisky.
Whatever your pleasure, be it golf, wildlife, or whisky, Islay is an island rich in tranquillity and natural beauty, that will leave you enchanted.
From Whisky and music festivals to half marathons and sporting events, there’s always something happening in Islay.
Feis Ile ‘the Islay Festival of Malt and Music runs for the last week of May every year. All the distilleries on the Island open their doors to whisky tasting and live music. This is a must attend for any whisky lovers as you get to sample the islands finest Whiskys.
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