Useful links

Local Transport



Bike Hire

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


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

Islay Sea Adventures


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



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



Islay Pony Trekking
Sanaigmore Farm


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


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 Bistro



An Tigh Seinnse



Bridgend Hotel



Bowmore Hotel

The Cottage Restaurant

The Harbour Inn

Lochside Hotel

Taj Mahal

Golden Dragon


Food Shopping


Spar, Port Charlotte

Debbies, Bruichladdich

Spar, Bridgend

Bowmore Co-op

Jeans fish Van

The Nippy Chippy Van




01496 302244

01496 810671

01496 850 190

01496 840646

Caol Ila01496 302760

01496 850 011

Lagavulin Distillery and Visitor Centre01496-302250

Laphroaig Distillery and Visitor Centre01496-302418


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.