Useful links

Local Transport

Local Bus Timetable


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


Isle of Islay

PA43 7JP

08707 200617


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.

Islay and Jura

Visitor information for Islay and Jura


Information on Islay’s most famous export


Local newspaper, published fortnightly

Armin’s Little Islay Guide

Downloadable guide written by Islay blogger

Things to do

Boat Trips

Islay Sea Safari

Machrie Golf Links

Islay’s highly-rated golf course

Top 100 Golf Courses review

McTaggart Leisure Centre

4x25m Pool, gym, sauna

School Street


Isle of Islay

United Kingdom

PA43 7JS


Rockside Farm Riding Centre
01496 850231

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.


Centre of the medieval Lords of the Isles

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

Islay Square, Bridgend

Various craft shops plus the community garden

Islay Woollen Mill Co Ltd, Bridgend

Established 1883, with 2 working Victorian looms


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

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

Festivals and Events

Walk Islay

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

Islay Jazz Festival

Annual event held in September

Cantilena Festival

Classical Music on Islay

Islay Book Festival

Held annually in September

Islay Half Marathon

Held annually in early August

Islay Beach Rugby Tournament

Eat Sand!


Islay’s 130 miles of coastline include many beautiful sand and shingle beaches

Eating and Drinking

Port Charlotte

Port Charlotte Hotel

Lochindaal Hotel

Yan’s Kitchen

Port Mor Centre


An Tigh Seinnse


Bridgend Hotel


Bowmore Hotel

The Cottage Restaurant

The Harbour Inn

Holy Coo

Lochside Hotel

Taj Mahal

Golden Dragon

Food Shopping

Spar, Port Charlotte

Debbies, Bruichladdich

Spar, Bridgend

Bowmore Co-op

Hasties Cash and Carry, Port Ellen

Jeans fish Van

The Nippy Chippy Van



01496 302244


01496 810671


01496 850 190


01496 840646

Caol Ila
01496 302760


01496 850 011

Lagavulin Distillery and Visitor Centre

Laphroaig Distillery and Visitor Centre

Local Art

Jim Lutomski

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.