Islay Driving Tours

Drive Tour Port Ellen to Ardtalla Drive Tour Port Ellen to Bowmore and Brigend Drive Tour Bridgend Port Askaig and Glen Road Drive Tour Bridgend to Loch Gorm and Loch Gruinart Driving Tour Rhinns of Islay 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 or D&N MacKenzie via

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!

Select your Islay Tour from the map above or via the links below

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

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