Welcome to Islay
The Island of Islay is the southernmost island of the Hebrides; it is located approximately 20 miles west of the Mull of Kintyre and about 25 miles north of Northern Ireland. The Island is often referred to as the ‘Queen of the Hebrides’ – it is rich in culture, bio-diversity, whisky and farming; the Island has stunning scenery, sweeping beaches and remains unspoilt and rests on the traditional social values that pervade throughout the west coast of Scotland.
It is no small coincidence that people come to Islay year after year: not only is there so much to see and do, the variable seasons and the ever-changing weather ensure that no two days will be the same.
Islay is approximately 240 square miles, measures 25 miles from north to south and 14 miles from east to west. The population of 3500 is split between Port Ellen in the south, Bowmore in the centre and Port Charlotte in the west. There are other smaller settlements throughout the island but the population today is much less than the 15,000 who lived on Islay in the early 19th Century.