Island of smoky scotch. You’ll easily recognise its unique peat taste which appears because of the special barley treatment.
What to do:
There are 11 distilleries on Islay. The most famous among “whiskey-lovers” are Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Bowmore. These distilleries are located in the opposite sides of the island and it is impossible to visit them on one day (if to taste whiskey then it is also bad for your health).
There is also free tour to Islay Woollen Mill. They hope that you’ll buy something in the shop.
Islay administrative centre is Bowmore. It is a connection point for the most of the bus routes. And, of course, the best shops (supermarkets or souvenir shop) you will be able to find in this town.
You can always rent a bike and it will make your life much easier: you’ll no have to deal with buses (for example, the latest bus departs from Bowmore at around 6pm). Please don’t visit too many distilleries if you’ll decide to choose this option.
How to get there:
Flight from Glasgow or Oban;
Ferry from Oban to Port Askaig;
Ferry from Kennakraig to Port Askaig or Port Ellen.
There is a bar with fresh sea food in Port Charlotte (you’ll find it – there is only one such place on the main road). BUT pay for your order before they’ll bring it if there you can’t find your dish in menu. We were able to avoid paying 60 pounds when heard 16 pounds from waitress (5 times in a row). It’s quite a difference, isn’t it?
Islay is big enough.r. You’ll have to find transport: bus, car, bike. It is too far to travel from town to town by feet.
Bus is a good option if whiskey is your reason to visit Islay. There are many routes, they don’t go frequently, but you’ll find timetable on each stop. The most of the buses operate from 7am till 5pm (distilleries work from 10am till 5pm).
Hotels are very expensive (around 100 pounds for night). But there is a hostelin Port Charlotte.