"Idyllic Islay" Top 5 Page for this destination Islay by hayward68

Islay Travel Guide: 59 reviews and 150 photos

'Queen of the Hebrides', Islay is famed for the peaty taste of its world famous whiskies: Lagavullin, Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Caol Isla, Bowmore and Bunnahabhain.
This beautiful, peaceful island is a two hour ferry ride from the mainland.
I was especially charmed by the cows lounging on the beach and taking dips in the water. Wish I'd been able to take a pic of it, but we were in the bus at the time

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of whisky distilleries
  • Cons:Lots of whisky distilleries
  • In a nutshell:Whisky nights under moonlight skies
  • Last visit to Islay: Jul 2000
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    The place looks really peaceful... Laura, you have explored a lot I must say!

  • Jan 19, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Lovely beach. Unfortunately it's not a ruined chapel but a beach changing hut belonging to the estate that owned the beach and shoreline.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2007 at 11:51 AM

    A free pint and free music to boot. Sounds like a nice Hebridean sojourn!

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2006 at 1:56 PM

    I enjoyed revisiting Islay through your page. A Christmas gift of a bottle of Lagavulin (a favourite) brought back memories of the place!

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2006 at 6:24 AM

    Must try Islay at some time. Nice page.

  • silieputty's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2006 at 12:15 PM

    Don't forget that in Scotland, it is "whisky" and not "whiskey" (that's from everywhere else!). I'm going to Islay soon for some farm animal vet work - can't wait! Maybe I'll see those cows you speak of.

  • RhineRoll's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2004 at 7:00 AM

    wow... Capercaillie, my favourite band... not taking "hens" to the concerts anymore because they all develop a crush on Charlie MacKerron :-(

  • Flamegirl's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2004 at 8:29 AM

    ahhh, it's been too long since I was on Islay! Shame the ferry is so expensive, but that cheap B&B might come in handy!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2003 at 2:58 PM

    a lovely page and great pics ! Unfortunately I have never been to that great island !

  • cbeaujean's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2003 at 2:59 AM

    a page with a smell of whisky...i like your lost chapel!


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