Islay: island of birds, nature and whiskey
Islay is a southern island of the Scottish archipelago Hebrides, located off the west coast of Scotland. Islay, commonly promounced "Eye-la", is approximately 600 square kilometers in size and has around 3000 inhabitants. The island is best known for its whiskey. Islay malt whiskey is made in the various distilleries on the island. In addition, you will find many different bird species on the island, making it a popular destination for bird watchers.
Things to do
Islay is a perfect destination to add to your round trip through Scotland. You can reach Kennacraig witing five hours by car. From there you can take a ferry to Islay. Taste a special whiskey in one of the many distilleries and enjoy the beautiful nature on this island.
A visit to the island can easily be combined with a stay in the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, as you will pass by these cities on your drive towards Kennacraig.
Whiskey of Islay
A visit to Islay is not complete without having tasted one of the island's special whiskeys. On the island you will find at least eight different whiskey distilleries and you can take different whiskey tours every day.
In addition, most distilleries are located on Islay by the sea. The smoky peat taste and the salty sea air gives the whiskeys of Islay their unique taste.
In May there is a famous Islay Festival of Malt and Music. A whiskey festival that attracts whiskey enthusiasts from all over the world. This is a great opportuity to then visit the island. Book in time, because hotels are quickly fully booked during this period!