Fly to Islay

Serene isle of whisky and more

The Isle of Islay and whisky are practically one and the same, and have been for centuries, thanks to abundant soft water, fertile barley fields and almost limitless supplies of peat for stoking the stills (and imparting the smoky taste that helps make Islay’s malt whiskies so distinctive).

Any tour of the island has to take in at least one of the nine working distilleries (soon to be 10), whose names are poetry to any whisky-lover: Laphroaig, Bruichladdich, Caol Ila, Bhunnahabhan … don’t try to pronounce them, just sip the product.

As you explore...

... prepare to be distracted by the stunning scenery of this most southerly of the Hebridean islands.  Sense the tranquillity of moors and farmland, lochs and bays. Become more aware of the birdlife – the wintering flocks of barnacle geese are especially spectacular. Cycle to your heart’s content, or slow right down with a stroll on a beach – Machir Bay is almost 2km long. Visit little villages and ports and marvel at the character and history of Kildalton, say, and its magnificent stone Celtic Cross, and Bowmore’s Round Church (no corners for the Devil to hide in).

Pack rods for the trout fishing or bring golf clubs for Machrie’s genuine, old-school links course. Islay hosts half marathons and other sporting occasions, and you’re bound to find a ceilidh. If life is a journey, Islay is a perfect companion.

3 dram good reasons for Glasgow to Islay flights

  • Feis Ila Music & Malt Festival last week in May

  • Stunning scenery

  • Tranquillity

 

Islay distilleries

Islay distilleries have visitor centres and tours. So pick your favourite malt and enjoy the experience of discovering how and where it was made, and have a taste or two.

The Islay Festival

The Islay Festival (Feis Ila in the Gaelic) – In the last week of May there’s a warm welcome at this celebration of songs, poetry, history, piping, food, classes for Gaelic song and language and whisky tasting.

 

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