Things to Do
Exploring Islay, Queen of the Hebrides
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…
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 the island. 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.
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.
Here at Islay Cottages, we offer a choice of 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.