Isle of Islay (pronounced Eye-la)
Islay is one of the islands of the southern Inner Hebrides on the west coast of Scotland. You can access it by ferry from Kennacraig or Oban or by air from Glasgow. If you are limited by time the flight from Glasgow only takes 40 minutes and allows you to see some simply stunning views over the islands. If you have the time though take your car on the ferry and enjoy the scenery on the way and the ability to drive around this beautiful island and immerse yourself in its culture, scenery and history. There is evidence of settlers on Islay in Messolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age times so lots of history to uncover. If you like beaches you won’t be disappointed as there are lovely sandy beaches all around the island. Check out the various festivals and when they are on so that you can time your visit to fit in with your own interests. Outdoor lovers can enjoy hillwalking, cycling, fishing, golf and horseriding. Islay of course is most famous for its whisky with brands such as Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain and Caol Ila all produced on Islay. There are 9 distilleries on the island and whether you are a whisky drinker or not a tour around any of these makes for a good day out.