Things to Do

Islay has so many things to see and do. From distillery tours, wildlife experiences, outdoor adventures and so much more, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to activities and attractions. You might even need to book another holiday to see it all! Explore some of the things to do on our island below…

Events Calendar

If you are looking for what to do on Islay this year then you have come to the right place to see what is on! Here at Islay Cottages we want to make…

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Scottish wildlife

Experience the huge array of Scottish wildlife that Islay has to offer. Truly a place to visit in Scotland for wildlife lovers.

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Islay Island Hopping

The Scottish Isles are the perfect getaway from hectic city life.  If you’re planning to do a spot of Scottish island hopping, make …

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Whisky tours

Islay has 9 working whisky distilleries to visit – a must-do for whisky lovers. There’s even a taxi firm to pick you up afterwards! Find out more . . .

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Outdoor Adventures

If you like the great outdoors, you’re going to love Islay! Our island is an adventure playground of outdoor activities and experiences…

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History and Heritage

Islay history is a fascinating field to explore. Arrowheads dating back to 10,800 BC, a Celtic cross dating to 800 AD, fabulous historic …

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Things to do on Islay, Scotland

To help you plan your activities during a stay at Islay Cottages, we’ve put together this guide to the best things to see and do on Islay. Be sure to check our events calendar to find out what’s on while you’re here. From music festivals to whisky open days. There’s plenty going on throughout the year. If you’re visiting us in May, don’t forget to book your tickets for the annual Islay Festival, a celebration of Scottish whisky, music and traditions. And if you’re here in the autumn, look out for dates for the Islay Jazz Festival musical extravaganza!

Then, plan your holiday itinerary with our guides to wildlife experiences, whisky tours and activities, outdoor adventures and history and heritage. Whatever your interests, you’ll find plenty to explore here. From amazing boat trips with Islay Sea Adventures to tours of Islay’s nine working distilleries. Find the most idyllic beaches and enjoy stunning walks across the island.

Finally, after you’ve explored Islay itself, how about a bit of island hopping? Discover our neighbouring islands of Jura and Colonsay and perhaps venture further. Hopping from island to island is a wonderful way to see Scotland.

Getting here

The island has its own airport and two ferry ports, so you can get here by air or water. Islay Airport is located five miles from Port Ellen and operates flights to and from Glasgow, Oban and Colonsay. There are ferry ports at Port Ellen and Port Askaig, both running Calmac ferry services from Kennacraig on the Kintyre Peninsua.

Your accommodation

Here at Islay Cottages, we offer a choice of B&B and self-catering holiday accommodations. So take a look at our properties in Bowmore and Kilchoman, and pick the perfect one for you. If you need any help at all with making a booking or planning your holiday activities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.