Islay – Queen Of The Hebrides

The Isle of Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides in Scotland.  The island is best known for its Whisky and currently has 8 working distilleries.  In addition, Islay has miles of spectacular beaches, the world famous Machrie Golf Links and is a haven for bird watchers with RSPB Reserves at the Oa and Loch Gruinart.
The Island also offers visitors opportunities to take part in many activities on both land and sea.

The best way to find out about Islay is to come and see and the following links provide information on what makes a visit to Islay unforgettable.

Getting Here

By Car: From Glasgow, drive to Kennacraig – this journey should take approximately two and a half hours, or longer should you wish to take in the beautiful scenery. Take the A82 up Loch Lomondside, turning onto the A83 at Tarbet – continue on through both Inveraray and Lochgilphead towards Tarbert on Loch Fyne. The ferry port of Kennacraig is just five miles on from Tarbert.

By Bus: A daily bus service operates from Glasgow Buchanan Street Bus Station by West Coast Motors making a connection with the ferry at Kennacraig. For schedule information, contact the Travel Centre at Buchanan Street Bus Station +44 (0)141 332 7133.

Ferry: Caledonian MacBrayne operate the two hour crossing which runs twice daily throughout the year, once on Sundays, with additional sailings during the summer season. For details of timetables and to make bookings (advisable, particularly in the summer season) telephone bookings and reservations: +44 (0)1880 730253 (Kennacraig), or +44 (0)1496 302209 (Port Ellen). Caledonian MacBrayne’s timetable and booking are also available online.

By Air: Loganair operate a 35 minute scheduled service, 7 days a week from Glasgow Airport to Islay, in the Monday – Friday mornings and afternoons Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons, additional flights operate at busy times. This is the quickest way and can provide spectacular views of the islands and Kintyre. For information on schedules and booking contact

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