Useful links

Local Transport

 

 

Bike Hire

Please telephone Port Charlotte Bike Hire on +44 (0) 1496 850488

 

Local Bus Timetable

http://bit.ly/islaybuses

 

 

Petrol

Petrol is available from the Spar shop/ post office on Main Street in Port Charlotte and in Bridgend, Port Ellen, Bowmore and Port Askaig.

 

Airport Numbers

Terminal: 01496 302 022

Information Desk: 01496 302 361

Flybe: 0871 700 0535

 

CalMac Enquiries and Reservations

0800 066 5000

 

Local Information

 

Islay Tourist Information

Information, leaflets, books and maps
The Square
Bowmore
Isle of Islay
PA43 7JP
08707 200617
Email: bowmore@visitscotland.com

 

Islay Info

“The ultimate online guide”
Extensive information on the island and its history with details of activities and places to visit. Includes details on a number of local walks and cycle routes.
www.islayinfo.com

 

Islay and Jura

Visitor information for Islay and Jura
www.islayjura.com

 

Whisky

Information on Islay’s most famous export
www.islaywhiskysociety.com

 

Ileach

Local newspaper, published fortnightly
www.ileach.co.uk

 

Armin’s Little Islay Guide

Downloadable guide written by Islay blogger
www.islayblog.com/2011entries/20110531-islay-guide-v5.shtml

 

Things to do

 

Boat Trips

Islay Sea Safari
www.islayseasafari.co.uk

Islay Sea Adventures
islay-sea-adventures.co.uk

 

Wild Islay Birding

Wildlife & birdwatching on the Queen of the Hebrides. Are you interested in nature and wildlife, would you like to get out around Islay with an experienced guide?

Contact Gary and get out and about on the Queen of the Hebrides to see her amazing natural wonders.

T: 01496 840725 / 07779 011988
Email: info@wildislaybirding.co.uk
www.wildislaybirding.co.uk

 

 

Machrie Golf Links

Islay’s highly-rated golf course
www.machrie.net
Top 100 Golf Courses review

 

McTaggart Leisure Centre

4x25m Pool, gym, sauna
School Street
Bowmore
Isle of Islay
United Kingdom
PA43 7JS
www.mactaggartleisurecentre.co.uk/

 

Riding

Islay Pony Trekking
Sanaigmore Farm
www.islayponytrekking.co.uk/

 

Places to Visit

 

American Monument

Memorial to the hundreds of American servicemen who were killed when two troop ships were lost off Islay in 1918.
www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/islay/americanmonument

 

Finlaggan

Centre of the medieval Lords of the Isles
www.finlaggan.com

 

Islay Natural History Trust

Website includes information on local geology and birdwatching sites
The trust runs a field centre in Port Charlotte with displays and exhibitions of Islay’s wildlife
www.islaynaturalhistory.org

 

Islay Square, Bridgend

Various craft shops plus the community garden

 

Islay Woollen Mill Co Ltd, Bridgend

Established 1883, with 2 working Victorian looms
01496-810563
www.islaywoollenmill.co.uk/

 

Kildalton Cross and Old Parish Church

Early Christian carved wheel-cross, medieval stone effigy of warrior, ruined medieval chapel.

 

Loch Gruinart Nature Reserve

Run by the RSPB, the reserve’s Visitor Centre occupies the north-west quadrant of the island.
01496 850505
www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/l/lochgruinart

 

Museum of Islay Life,Port Charlotte

Open daily, Easter-October, Sunday afternoons and by appointment. Award-winning displays of archaeology and island life. Library and archive, including photographs.
01496 850358
www.islaymuseum.org

Festivals and Events

 

Walk Islay

www.walkislay.co.uk

 

The Islay Festival – Feis Ile

The Islay Festival of Malt and Music starts the last weekend of May each year and lasts for one week
www.islayfestival.com

 

Islay Jazz Festival

Annual event held in September
www.islayjazzfestival.co.uk

 

Cantilena Festival

Classical Music on Islay
www.cantilenafestival.co.uk

 

Islay Book Festival

Held annually in September
www.islaybookfestival.co.uk

 

Islay Half Marathon

Held annually in early Augustwww.islayhalfmarathon.co.uk

 

Islay Beach Rugby Tournament

Eat Sand!
www.islayrugby.scot/islay-beach-rugby/

 

Beaches

Islay’s 130 miles of coastline include many beautiful sand and shingle beaches www.islayinfo.com/beaches_on_islay.html

 

Eating and Drinking

 

Port Charlotte

Port Charlotte Hotel
www.portcharlottehotel.co.uk

Lochindaal Hotel
www.lochindaalhotel.co.uk

Yan’s Kitchen
www.yanskitchen.co.uk

Port Mor Bistro
www.islandofislay.co.uk/cafe.php

 

Portnahaven

An Tigh Seinnse

 

Bridgend

Bridgend Hotel
www.bridgend-hotel.com

 

Bowmore

Bowmore Hotel

The Cottage Restaurant

The Harbour Inn

Lochside Hotel

Taj Mahal

Golden Dragon
Peatzeria
www.peatzeria.com

 

Food Shopping

 

Spar, Port Charlotte

Debbies, Bruichladdich
www.welcometogreatcoffee.co.uk

Spar, Bridgend

Bowmore Co-op

Jeans fish Van

The Nippy Chippy Van

 

Distilleries

 

Ardbeg
01496 302244
www.ardbeg.com

Bowmore
01496 810671
www.bowmore.com

Bruichladdich
01496 850 190
www.bruichladdich.com

Bunnahabhain
01496 840646
www.bunnahabhain.com

Caol Ila01496 302760

Kilchoman
01496 850 011
www.kilchomandistillery.com

Lagavulin Distillery and Visitor Centre01496-302250

Laphroaig Distillery and Visitor Centre01496-302418

 

Local Art

 

Jim Lutomski

www.lutomskiart.co.uk

 

Islay Studios Gallery

Whilst on holiday on Islay, pop into Islay studios gallery in Islay House Square near Bridgend.
The gallery has examples of creative seascape photography, beautifully mounted & framed from around the island taken by Mark Unsworth.
Also on display are pieces of limited edition art of Islay by some of the best artists currently practicing on Scotland’s west coast. A post-out service is available if you don’t have room in your vehicle or are travelling by public transport.
www.islaystudios.co.uk