Islay Annual (Sportive) Events

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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