There are many ways to discover Islay. In this section of the website we talk about touring over the island by car or bicycle. I have identified several more or less circular tours over the island, most of them of equal distance, well almost. In each tour I will explain what there is to see and do along the way and try to give some insider tips. Also included is the total distance of the tour in miles and Km and how much time it takes for the average visitor to complete it, taken into account that you stop for pictures, stop for a coffee somewhere, admire the wildlife you will see in abundance, and take things generally easy and do things on Islay Time!
Since most of these tours take place on single track roads you might want to read some good advice on how to drive on Islay's Single Track Roads, there is more to it than you think. If you run into can troubles you can contact D & N MacKenzie's garage in Glenegedale, their nr is: 01496 302300. If you need to hire a car contact Islay Car Hire via www.islaycarhire.com or D&N MacKenzie via www.carhireonislay.co.uk
Highly recommended is to bring an Islay Landranger Map, good binoculars, walking boots, rain clothing and plenty of time to complete the tours. Of course these driving tours can be done by bike as well, in fact I think they are perfectly suitable for cyclists, I have tried a few myself!
|Driving Tour||Distance (miles/km)||Time|
|Port Ellen to Ardtalla||20 Miles, 32Km||2 - 4 Hours|
|Circular Tour Port Ellen Bowmore and Bridgend||24 Miles, 39Km||2 - 3 Hours|
|Circular Tour Bridgend to Port Askaig, back via Glen Road||20-28 Miles, 32-45Km||2 - 3 Hours|
|Circular Tour from Bridgend via Loch Gorm and Loch Gruinart||19-35 Miles, 31-56Km||2 - 5 Hours|
|Circular Tour Rhinns of Islay||20 Miles, 32Km||2 - 4 Hours|