Port Ellen

Port Ellen is the second largest town on Islay after Bowmore and is situated in a sheltered part of the island, offering views to the Oa Peninsula and to Kilnaughton Bay, which is named after the chapel ruins and burial ground at the end of the bay beside the road to the Oa peninsula.

The town has several shops, a butcher, hotels, restaurants and pubs, accommodation, a garage, post office and information office.

Port Ellen is also the starting point for the Three Distilleries Pathway which leaves the town and travels for 5.5km and encompasses the Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Ardbeg distilleries.

Isle of Islay

Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland and is known as ‘The Queen of the Hebrides’. It lies in Argyll just south west of Jura and around 40 kilometres north of the Irish coast.

Home to eight working distilleries, the island is obviously best known for its peaty, smoky whiskies but it also has a large populations of birds, a dozen beaches and many historical sites as well as stunning scenery and friendly locals.

There are many things to see and do besides visiting the distilleries and enjoying the scenery and wildlife. Golf, cycling, fishing, horse-riding and hillwalking are only a few of many possible activities.

Several annual festivals on the island attract many visitors, including the Islay Festival of Malt and Music, the Islay Jazz Festival, the Rugby Festival and the Cantilena festival.

Our destinations are all great gateways for exploring, either by public transport, by foot or by bike. To help plan your day trip, short break or holiday, we’ve provided some sample itineraries (coming soon) and links to local information.

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