About Islay

Welcome to the Queen of the Hebrides

The island

The Isle of Islay is found off the west coast of south-west Scotland – the southernmost island in the Inner Hebrides.

It is known for its scenery, heritage, wildlife and friendly people – you will be doing the “Islay wave” by the time you leave.

Islay is approximately 100 miles due west of Glasgow, while the southern tip of the island is roughly 25 miles north of Northern Ireland’s Antrim coast.

Islay is the fifth-largest Scottish island and has a population of around 3,000.

Islay’s nearest neighbour, to the north, is Jura.

Islay’s whisky distilleries

As well as The Machrie Hotel and Golf Links, the chief attraction for tourists is whisky: there are nine active distilleries with more set to open in the coming years.

In alphabetical order, they are: Ardbeg, Ardnahoe, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Kilchoman, Lagavulin and Laphroaig.

Don’t just take our word for it – here’s what people who live on the Island say about it.

The Island
The People