Events calendar 2020…

Islay is a small island with a big calendar. There are so many things happening all year round that we have created a round-up below of all the year events. So take a look and book a stay…


To book, look at the 'Availability Page' here on our website and check your chosen accommodation is free. You can then check our tariffs here to see what each property costs in the relevant year to when you want to book. Then fill in the online booking form on this page or contact us here by email. Or you can book by telephone on 07880 706356 or 01496 850382.

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What to do on Islay in 2020

If you are looking for what to do on Islay in 2020 then you have come to the right place to see what is on! Here at Islay Cottages we want to make it as easy as we can for our guests when they come to stay. So we have created a list of events that are happening over the coming year.


CANCELLED: Walk Islay Week

Explore our beautiful island on Walk Islay Week which takes place every April. Here you will be accompanied by an experienced and informative tour guide to showcase all the island has to offer. Walks vary from easy to strenuous and take in the beautiful island scenery.


CANCELLED: Isle of Jura Fell Race 

Can you handle it? The Isle of Jura Fell Race is one of the toughest and most challenging long-distance hill races in Britain. Here competitors have to navigate the tough and sometimes dangerous terrain on the Isle of Jura to make it to the end. Come along and join in or just simply spectate.

CANCELLED: Islay Festival Feis Ile

Here you can indulge yourself in all things Scottish. With a fun-filled program including ceilidhs, golf, traditional music, Gaelic lessons, bowling and whisky tasting you will be entertained from dusk til dawn. Join us at the Islay Festival of Music and Malt for a week-long celebration of musical delights and all things Islay has to showcase!

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CANCELLED: Islay Beach Rugby – Eat Sand!

In Australia it is volleyball, on Islay it is rugby – on the beach! Come along and enjoy one of the top rugby events of the year and prepare to be entertained! Teams and crowds from all over are drawn to this event where male and female rugby teams partake in games that are 4 minutes each way with 5 players on each team. Eat sand… that is literally what ends up happening! Better than mud.


CANCELLED: Cantilena Music Festival

If you enjoy music and want to indulge yourself in beautiful sounds on the Hebridean island of Islay then this event could be just for you. Islay is home to Cantelina’s professional musicians and students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Here you can lose yourself in romantic chamber music at its best, performed by musicians who love to share their passion and ideas with all.


CANCELLED: Ardbeg Islay Half Marathon

Will take place next year  7 August, 2021

A 13 mile and 192-yard run that starts in Bowmore and circles its way past Islay Airport and back has been running (pardon the pun) now since 1986. So if you fancy donning your running shoes or simply relaxing from the sidelines then why not come along and get involved. It is sure to be a fun and entertaining day!

2nd: Ride of the Falling Rain

*Event information may be out of date due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Confirm details with event organisers.

Hopefully, not a ride in the falling rain, the Ride of the Falling Rain is a 100-mile cycle round the roads of Islay. The race starts and finishes in Bruichladdich and youngsters are invited to join in under parental supervision. So why not come along to Islay in 2020 and join in what is sure to be a fun day out?

CANCELLED: 13th: Islay, Jura and Colonsay Show

*Event information may be out of date due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Confirm details with event organisers.

Sure to be a fun day out with family, friends or even just yourself the Islay, Jura and Colonsay Agricultural Show is on this August. Here you can view a variety of livestock and watch them being judged. There is a gymkhana, dog show, pipe band and children’s amusements. There are plenty of stalls for some retail therapy where you can sample local produce and more!


CANCELLED: Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival

The 22nd Festival will instead be staged from 17-19 September 2021

If you are a jazz lover and want to experience possibly one of the most extraordinary contexts for a Jazz Festival then why not come and experience the Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival? Here you can enjoy listening to Scottish and International jazz musicians perform across a variety of venues in Islay.

CANCELLED: Jura Music Festival

Come along and enjoy a full weekend of foot-stomping, traditional Scottish Music. The Jura Music Festival boasts a great line-up of musicians. Workshops will be running as well as sessions to promote up and coming talent. Traditionally starting with a ceilidh on a Friday night, the weekend ends on a high with a concert in the distillery co-operage. So if you are a music lover, be sure not to miss this!


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If you want to join in the fun and need somewhere to stay then get in touch…

If you are looking for accommodation on Islay during any of these Islay events then get in touch with us today and we can book you into one of our cosy Islay Cottages! For those wondering what to do on Islay in 2020, you will be spoiled for choice. Come along and enjoy the fun! Call us on 01496 850 382 or email us here to book your break away today.

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We are delighted to announce that we are now open for bookings and will be accepting guests from the 14th of July. 


In light of the current circumstances, we are doing everything we can to provide a safe stay on Islay for our guests. You can see our CORONAVIRUS POLICY HERE >>