Useful links


Local Transport




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


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

Rockside Farm Riding Centre
Kilchoman
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.
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


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.theislayfestival.co.uk


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.com/ibf


Islay Half Marathon

Held annually in early August
www.islayhalfmarathon.co.uk


Islay Beach Rugby Tournament

Eat Sand!
www.islaybeachrugby.com/accommodation.htm




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

Lochindaal Hotel

Yan’s Kitchen

Port Mor Centre


Portnahaven

An Tigh Seinnse


Bridgend

Bridgend Hotel


Bowmore

Bowmore Hotel

The Cottage Restaurant

The Harbour Inn

Holy Coo

Lochside Hotel

Taj Mahal

Golden Dragon




Food Shopping


Spar, Port Charlotte

Debbies, Bruichladdich

www.welcometogreatcoffee.co.uk

Spar, Bridgend

Bowmore Co-op

Hasties Cash and Carry, Port Ellen

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 Ila
01496 302760



Kilchoman

01496 850 011

www.kilchomandistillery.com



Lagavulin Distillery and Visitor Centre
01496-302250



Laphroaig Distillery and Visitor Centre
01496-302418




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