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Isle of Islay

The Queen of the Hebrides

Islay is part of the southern Hebrides and is also called Queen of the Hebrides. In addition to the 9 working whisky distilleries, the breathtaking scenery and the amazing wildlife make the island a visit worthwhile.
The people are friendly and the time passes a wee slower then in other places in the world.

And remember, the rain of today is the whisky of tomorrow.

Getting around

Public bus

Local bus services are available on Islay and operates between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and Saturday.
There is no Bus Service on Sundays!
Single or day trip tickets are avalaible from the driver.

The route 450 runs from Bowmore in the centre of the island via Bruichladdich to Portnahaven in the south-west corner.
The route 451 runs between Port Askaig in the north-east via Bowmore down to Port Ellen and Ardbeg in the south.

Download the latest Islay Bus timetables here.


There are several taxis on Islay. It is always a good idea to book a taxi in advance to avoid long waits. Some taxi companies also offer half- or full-day hire as well as whisky tours.

Find here the list of taxis.

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Things to do

Discover the island

There are so many great things to do on Islay. Here are some ideas collected for your convenience...

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Further information can be found on the following websites