Category Archives: Things to Do

Experience a Scottish Christmas on Islay

December is here and we’re feeling festive at Islay Cottages. Christmas is fast approaching, a time for families and friends to unite, celebrate and reflect. We don’t think there’s anywhere better to experience a traditional Scottish Christmas than right here on our beautiful island.

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Island Hopping on Islay

The Scottish Isles are the perfect getaway from hectic city life.  If you’re planning to do a spot of Scottish island hopping, make sure you visit us on Islay. This beautiful scenic hot-spot in the Inner Hebrides is perfect for relaxing and has lots to offer.

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The Jura Music Festival

The Jura Music Festival is set to host another spectacular music event from 27th to 29th September 2019! So why not start thinking about a musical autumn break and visit us here on Islay and Jura?

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A Brief History of Islay

The history of Islay goes back to when hunter-gatherers settled here many thousands of years ago. With the discovery of Mesolithic and Ice Age artefacts in the area, researchers have come to the conclusion that Islay was occupied from around 10,000 BC.

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The Family Guide to Islay

What will you get up to when staying in our family-friendly accommodation on Islay? There are plenty of things to do with kids on our beautiful Scottish island. Here are some of our favourites.

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Top 5 Things to do on Islay

You spend that last week before your holidays tying up all your tasks. Then you start to pack the car, have those niggles with your traveling partner(s)- ‘did I switch the iron off, have you left food for the cat, you did lock the back door, didn’t you?….’ and you are finally on your way to the ferry.

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Wildlife Spotting on Islay

Islay is home to some truly magnificent natural beauty and Scottish wildlife. The island is a hot spot for wildlife and birdwatchers throughout the world and renowned for its offering of diverse and rare wild inhabitants. Planning a trip to Islay? Keep reading to find out more about wildlife spotting on Islay.

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Our Favourite Islay Distilleries

Asides from Islay’s stunning natural beauty, if there’s one thing our island can hold a claim to fame about. And that’s producing world class malt whisky! Of course, with eight distilleries on the island alone, it can be hard to know where to begin. But don’t worry, we’re here to give you an insight into our favourite whisky distilleries on Islay.

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Scottish Highlands and Islands Packing List

The Scottish Highlands and Islands is one of the most magnificent places to visit on earth! But with our rugged landscapes and famously changeable Scottish weather, you might be wondering what to pack for a visit. So, here’s our list to give you a few pointers.

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Romantic Island Escape

Are you looking for romantic breaks in Scotland? Then why not make an adventure of it and visit the stunning Scottish island of Islay? Islay is a perfect romantic getaway, with scenery and views to set any heart fluttering! With Valentines Day just around the corner, this could be the perfect gift for your loved one to get those sparks flying!

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Bird Watching on Islay

Here on the Scottish island of Islay, around 100 species of bird live within a variety of habitats! From open moorland and hills to rugged cliff faces, woodland, mud flats and beaches, you are really spoiled for choice when it comes to bird watching on Islay! So, let’s delve into the detail of what you can expect to see here, be you a beginner or a pro!

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Creative Retreats for Writer’s Block

Dying to put pen to paper and churn out that next chapter of your debut novel? Perhaps you’ve simply had enough of your final year university dissertation? Writer’s retreats can work absolutely wonders … and Islay Cottages is the destination for you!

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