Isle of Islay


Recommended Books

Island Series - Islay Guide

Buy Islay Pevensy Guide from Amazon A small book, loaded with gorgeous colour pictures of this beautiful Island in the Hebrides. Has a useful Information and Places to visit Guide. Includes a map, distillery info and lots more.

Landranger Islay Map

This map is part of the Landranger (Pink) series and is designed for people who really want to get to know an area. This map makes your Islay Discovery a lot easier and is a must for every visitor of Islay.

Walking Islay

A guide to the best walking on Scotland's remote Southern Hebrides - Jura, Islay, Colonsay and Oronsay. Jura, Islay and Colonsay offer some of wildest scenery in the British Isles

Beach Combing on the Singing Sands near Port Ellen
Walking on Islay

Islay Annual (Sportive) Events

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For exact dates of festivals and other events please check the Islay Event Calendar

Feis Ile - Islay Festival of Malt and Music

Feis Ile the Islay Festival of Malt and Music was founded by the local people of Islay in 1986 to celebrate the heritage and culture of Isle of Islay and to provide a pan cultural and activity based series of events. The Feis starts the last weekend of May each year and lasts for one week.

Islay Beach Rugby Tournament

Islay is rapidly gaining prominence for its beach rugby. Islay Beach Rugby is now established as one of Scottish rugby's most successful events and is the only beach rugby tournament in the UK. On the second Saturday of June, 18 teams compete for honour on Islay's White Hart Beach in this hard fought but great fun contest.

Islay Country Dancing Weekend

The Islay branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society hosts a gathering of dancers every year during the first weekend in May. There is a ceilidh on the Friday evening in Bowmore Hall, to which everyone is welcome whether dancers or not, a class on the Saturday morning and a formal dance on the Saturday night. The dancing is accompanied by one of Scotland's top country dance bands. For more info email Briar Maxwell

Cantilena Festival on Islay

The Cantilena Festival on Islay follows the Ethos of the original group, to develop new and specific sounds and styles of playing both corporate and individual in an atmosphere and environment away from the pressures of a professional musician's life.

Islay Book Festival

The Islay Book Festival, formerly known as Port Ellen Book Festival, is held annually in September in Port Ellen Primary School. There is something to do for everyone, with a programme for adults and children. The events also receives famous authors.

Walk Islay

Walk Islay is an annual event that takes place in the month of april. Walks take place during 7 days on Islay and Jura and bring the visitors to some beautiful Islay scenery and wildlife. A unique opportunity to discover Islay and its wildlife.

Ride of the Falling Rain

The Ride of the Falling Rain, a 100 mile (162km) ride along the roads of the Isle of Islay, Scotland, will take place on a Sunday in August, leaving from Debbie's Cafe in Bruichladdich at 10am (ish) and finishing at the same point several hours later.

Islay Half Marathon

The Islay Half Marathon started in 1986 and involves a 13 mile 192yd run from the village of Bowmore on Islay out to Islay Airport and back in a circular route. The half marathon is held early August and the day will finish off with a licensed dance held in Bowmore Hall.

Islay Jazz Festival

Using the entire island as a backdrop you can hear world-class musicians playing a concert in a distillery filling shed, after a bird-watching walk, in the front room of Islay House or whilst sampling the home baking at Portnahaven. The islay jazz festival takes place in September during one week.

Islay Tope Fishing Festival

Tope's are regular visitors in Islay's waters and also in Loch Indaal. That's the reason Stormcats, boat builders at Lagavulin, are organizing the Islay Tope Fishing Festival annually since 2006.

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Books from Amazon

Norman Newton - Islay guide

Buy Islay Pevensy Guide from Amazon A small book, loaded with gorgeous colour pictures of this beautiful Island in the Hebrides. Has a useful Information and Places to visit Guide. Includes a map, distillery info and lots more.

Margaret Storrie - Biography of an Island

Buy Margaret Storries Book from Amazon Dr Margaret Storrie gives a compreh account about the past and present of Islay. Anyone wishing to learn and understand the history of Islay will find this book fascinating.

Gilbert Carmichael - Old Islay

Buy Old Islay from Amazon A lovely book with many pictures from The Old Days on Islay including the distilleries, peat cutting and steamers at Port Ellen