If you like the great outdoors, you’re going to love Islay! Our island is an adventure playground of outdoor activities and experiences. Enjoy walking, cycling, fishing, golf, all against the idyllic backdrop of rolling countryside and magnificent coastal scenery.
Walking and cycling in Islay
There are plenty of walking and cycling trails to explore here on Islay, and the scenery is absolutely incredible. From tranquil beach walks to challenging hikes. From gentle cycle routes to more rugged terrain. So whether you’re looking for an active holiday or just a chance to relax and take in some beautiful scenery, our island is the perfect destination.
Explore our beautiful beaches
The beaches on Islay are some of the most beautiful in all of Scotland. With crystal clear water and white sands, they offer a perfect place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. The shores of Loch Gruinart, the Big Strand in Laggan Bay, the stunning 2km stretch of Machir Bay, or the soft dunes of Saligo Bay. You’re spoilt for choice!
Water activities and outdoor sports
If you’re looking for thrills and spills, Islay provides the perfect location for a range of outdoor sports and activities. From boat rides and tours to kayaking and fat biking. Our island also boasts a renowned championship golf links, a treat for any golfers coming to Islay. Machrie Golf Club is an 18-hole course with over a century of history, in an incredible setting. And keen fishers won’t be disappointed either. The ideal location for a Scottish fishing holiday, both at sea and in our lochs.
Spectacular Islay wildlife
While enjoying the great outdoors on Islay, look out for an array of insects, birds, fish and mammals. This is a wonderful place for island birdwatching. From moorland and hills to cliff faces, woodland, mud flats and beaches, there are many habitats and around a hundred species of bird on Islay! Take a wildlife boat ride with Islay Sea Adventures for the opportunity to spot a variety of sea birds, plus seals, dolphins and more.