A Guide to the Isles - Islay

Things to Do

A Guide to the Isles - Islay

Islay is part of the southern Hebrides and is also called Queen of the Hebrides. Islay is home to nine whisky distilleries is best known for its peaty, smoky whiskies. Apart from whisky, the other great draw are the stunning beaches and the amazing wildlife. Why not explore this stunning isle on your next Scottish staycation?

Here is our guide to Islay;

FOOD & DRINK

Taste of Italy

Islay

Situated in Bowmore on the seafront, the popular Italian restaurant, Peatzeria offers indoor and outdoor dining on the beautiful Isle of Islay.

Visit a distillery

The smoky, peaty, quality of Islay whisky is unique, recognizable even to the untutored palate, and most of the island’s distilleries offer fascinating guided tours, ending with the customary complimentary dram.

Islay whisky

Bowmore is the most touristy of the distilleries and by far the most central. Daily guided tours are available.

Ardbeg is traditionally considered the saltiest, peatiest malt on Islay. The distillery has an abundance of character and offers guided tours regularly

Bruichladdich is located on the most southern western tip of Islay where they distil four unique spirits. As of 1st April the distillery will be open seven days a week offering a variety of tours and experiences.

THINGS TO DO

Ardnave Point and Ardnave Beaches

Islay beach

Ardnave Point and its many fine beaches are some of the most beautiful part of Islay. Here you have everything, a magnificent walk, stunning beaches, amazing wildlife, breathtaking views of some of the Inner Hebridean Islands and beautiful dunes.

Go to a Festival

Islay Festival – 27 May to June 2022

Islay festival

The annual week long festival is the highlight for the whisky connoisseurs and many island lovers.

Outdoor activities

Islay kayak

Islay offers a host of activities for visitors such as kayaking, cycling, walking, pony trekking, golf and fishing to name a few .

Perfect for Bird watching

Islay bird watching

Birdwatching is a popular activity for visitors. Islay boasts a vast variety of incredible scenery and habitats. These offer over one hundred species all year round such as Sea Eagle and migrating whooper swans.  

This is just a taster of what is available to see and do on Islay!

Book a break now and visit Islay on your staycation!

Award-winning Holiday Parks

  • Hoseasons Awards

    Winner of 5 awards at the 2022 Hoseasons Awards, including "Best Caravan Park - Best in Britain".

  • Travelers Choice Award 2021

    Our parks have received the Travelers Choice Award, having earned consistently great reviews on Tripadvisor.

  • Scottish Tourist Board

    All of our holiday parks have been awarded four or five stars by the Scottish Tourist Board.

  • Presented with Best Relax & Explore Large Park in Scotland at the 2021 Hoseasons Awards.

    Presented with Best Relax & Explore Large Park in Scotland at the 2021 Hoseasons Awards.

  • Traveller Review Awards 2021

    Drimsynie Estate Hotel: Winner at the Traveller Review Awards 2021.

  • The Scottish Pet Industry Awards 2021

    Best Pet Friendly Self Catering Business.

  • David Bellamy award

    Our efforts to protect and enhance our natural environment have been recognised by the David Bellamy Conservation award.

  • Gold Winner in the CIPR Pride Awards 2021 for the Tunnocks Caravan Wafer Campaign.

    Gold Winner in the CIPR Pride Awards 2021 for the Tunnocks Caravan Wafer Campaign.

  • Tripadvisor Best of the Best

    Tripadvisor Best of the Best.

  • Best Family Holiday Park 2017

    Multi-award winners at the 2019 Scottish Outdoor Leisure Awards.

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Party Size
Children are aged 2-16 years old.
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