Destination Islay

Destination Islay

Destination Islay

Islay – The Queen of the Hebrides

There is a great variety of things to do during your stay on Islay – From world renowned distilleries, to exciting wildlife activities and rich history, to learning how to golf and much more. Islay has something to offer for everybody.

Destination Guide

Activities on Islay

From Cycling or Kayaking to Sea Safari and much more

Islay Distilleries

Explore Islay’s distilleries, spread across the island.

History & Heritage

Islay has rich heritage reaching back as far as 12,000 years ago.

Interactive Map

We have curated our favourite things to do and places to see on Islay.

What's on at the Machrie

We are excited to promote these events on Islay throughout August & September 2021

‘Takeaway’ pottery painting fun @ Persabus Pottery

Mon to Fri from 12pm – 4pm and Saturday 12pm – 3pm throughout August & September

Enjoy creative adventures with one of our ‘takeaway kits’, capturing holiday memories onto ceramics.

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Made in Islay and Jura Arts and Crafts Market @ Bruichladdich Village Hall

Tuesday and Thursday 10:30am – 4.30pm throughout August & September

Meet some of the local arts and crafts people from the islands. Original paintings, high quality prints, photos, books, jewellery, hand-spun wool, quilting and more.

Inflatable Fun in the pool @ MacTaggart Leisure Centre

Tuesdays and Fridays 3.30 and 4.30pm during school holidays

8-16 years (swimmers only, must be booked in advance on 01496 810767)

Snorkelling and Seascooters @ MacTaggart Leisure Centre

3.30-4.30pm on Wednesdays

8+ years (swimmers only). Must be booked in advance on 01496 810767

Family Fun @ MacTaggart Leisure Centre

3.30-4.30pm on Thursdays

Limited numbers, book by phoning 01496 810767

Coast and peatland - Islay Natural History Trust Guided Walk @ Kilnaughton to Singing Sands (by The Oa)

2pm on Sunday 8th of August

Easy walk along shore, dune and adjacent peat habitats. Meet at the Cemetery Car park. Call to prebook on 01496 850288

Sanaigmore Seaweed Adventure - Islay Natural History Trust Guided Walk @ Sanaigmore

2pm on Sunday 15th of August

Foraging and advice on cooking with seaweeds on the shore. Meet at layby by memorial at Sanaigmore. Call to prebook on 01496 850288

Geological walk @ the Oa peninsular

2pm to 4pm on Monday 16th of August

Meet at the RSPB car park. Walk is guided by David Webster, geologist. Donations welcome.

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Peatland - Islay Natural History Trust Guided Walk @ Feolin, Jura

2pm on Sunday 22nd of August

Introduction to Sphagnums and peatland plants. Meet at the Feolin ferry area. Call to prebook on 01496 850288

Hepatic mat community Liverworts and Sphagnum Trek - Islay Natural History Trust Guided Walk

9.30am on Friday 27th of August

Special Peatland trek to the lower Paps of Jura – privileged introduction to a rare plant community (an arduous walk, must be fit and used to hill walking). Meet at Evan’s Walk Layby (Islay participants aim for 8.30 Jura ferry to make meet point). Call to prebook on 01496 850288

The Merchant House, Campbell Gray Hotel
The Merchant House, Campbell Gray Hotel
The Machrie, Campbell Gray Hotel

Golf at The Machrie

Our Links course was originally designed in 1891 by Willie Campbell, and has now been fully modernised by D J Russell, former European Ryder Cup Vice Captain and PGA tour player.
The dramatic setting of Laggan Bay has few equals and the ever changing nature of the challenge offered by this acclaimed layout make The Machrie’s Links one to play.

The scenery, the wildlife, the coastline, one of the finest Links courses in the world, coupled with the people, makes The Machrie the perfect spot from which to explore the Isles of Scotland’s west coast.