Activities on Islay

Islay offers a great selection of activities for a great variety of groups, ages and abilities – from Cycling or Kayaking for the more adventurous, to Sea Safari for the curious and much more…
Our selections of activities to enjoy while on Islay

Kayak Wild Islay
Kayak Wild Islay specialise in providing quality trips around the coastline of Islay. Kayak Wild Islay is based in Port Ellen and offer a range of guided trips and taster sessions for all the family. You can experience the Islay coastline from a different angle and discover the many wildlife while doing so.
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Islay Sea Adventures
Offer a range of fantastic boat trips, mainly from Port Ellen and some from Port Askaig. Expderience the amazing variety of wildlife in Islay’s waters and view the island from the ocean. Take a trip along the south of the island and stop off at one of the distilleries, get up close to the many seals or even spot a dolphin – a fabulous alternative way to experience the beauty of Islay.
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Fat Bikes
Fat Bikes allow visitors an exciting way of exploring and experiencing the coast with access to beaches and tracks looking for wildlife, exploring Islay’s natural wonders and historical sites. Due to their balloon tyres Fat Bikes are particularly ideal for beach riding where they can float over sand and pebbles giving wonderful access to this amazing environment. Not only that, they are amazing fun, simple to ride and no heavier than any normal bike.
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Mactaggart Leisure Centre, Bowmore
The Mactaggart Leisure Centre is a community owned and run business which has won four nationally recognised awards. It comprises a 25 metre swimming pool, fitness studio, sauna, tancab, launderette, multi purpose activity room and sports kiosk.
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RSPB Loch Gruinart
Loch Gruinart is famous for the large numbers of barnacle and white-fronted geese that spend the winter on Islay. The reserve can be seen easily from the road. In the visitor centre, a live video camera lets you get even closer views of the grazing geese.
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The Oa is a breathtaking reserve of dramatic sea cliffs, open moorland, freshwater lochs, coastal grassland and heath. It’s home to many important breeding and wintering birds. Watch out for the golden eagles, which are present throughout the year, soaring above the cliffs and moors.
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Fly Fishing
Islay’s brown trout fishing is best known for beautiful surroundings, lochs, rivers and streams full of hard fighting wild trout. Loch fishing opportunities are diverse and include Loch Ballygrant, Skerrols, Finlaggan, Kinnabus, Lossit and Ardnahoe to name but a few. Loch Gorm is one of the best wild trout Lochs in Europe.
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Walk Islay
Islay has a place in the heart of every whisky lover, but it’s not just the world-class distilleries that draw visitors to this beautiful island. With miles of sandy beaches, outstanding Scottish wildlife and a rich Hebridean heritage, there’s so much to see and do on Islay.
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