The Isle of Islay

The Isle of Islay is a small island located off the western coast of Scotland. Known as the Queen of the Hebrides, the island is renowned for its whisky distilleries, bird life and beautiful landscapes. Islay is 25 miles (40km) in length and around 20 miles (32km) wide. Thanks largely to the Gulf Stream; it has a fairly temperate climate.

How to Get to Islay

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Caledonian MacBrayne operate a ferry service between Kennacraig and Port Ellen or Port Askaig on the island. Full timetables for the ferry service and booking details are available on the CalMac website www.calmac.co.uk  During peak season it is advisable to book your desired ferry early to ensure the best sailing times to suit your trip. Scottish Citylink operate a bus service from Glasgow to Kennacraig which are timed to coincide with ferry crossings www.citylink.co.uk

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Loganair fly from Glasgow airport to Islay.  Islay’s airport at Glenegedale is just over five miles from Bowmore. The flight time is around 30 minutes. Timetables for these and other flights are available on the Loganair website www.loganair.co.uk or you can contact Loganair at Tel: 0344 800 2855 and email – bookings@loganair.co.uk for assistance.

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Kennacraig is around 2.5 hours from Glasgow (about 100 miles). It's an amazingly scenic drive so leave time to stop off in Inverary, Lochgilphead and Tarbert. The A82 leads you to Loch Lomond and then head onto the A83 at Tarbet to take you through the mountains and onto Loch Fyne for the rest of the journey.