Port Askaig with RNLI lifeboat station, Islay

About Islay

Islay is the most southerly island of the Inner Hebrides and is sometimes known as the “Queen of the Hebrides”.  Despite its northerly latitude, it enjoys a relatively mild climate, thanks to the Gulf Stream.

Islay can be reached by ferry from Kennacraig, on the Kintyre peninsula, with a connecting bus service from Glasgow or Campbeltown.  If you prefer to fly, there are two flights daily from Glasgow and a flight from Oban on two days per week.

Once on Islay, there is a local bus service, although buses do not run in the evenings.  Car hire is available from www.islaycarhire.com and www.carhireonislay.co.uk.  There are also several taxi services on the island:

  • Carol's Cabs  01496 302155  Mobile: 07775 782155
  • Islay Taxis  01496 850170  Mobile: 07771 921157
  • Jim's Taxi  07497 528633
  • Lamont's Taxis  01496 810449  Mobile: 07899 756159

Cycle hire is available from Islay Cycles, Port Ellen, where jogscotland members are offered a 10% discount.

Islay Cycles also offers a full cycle repair service.

For details of accommodation and more information on all things Islay, visit Islay Info.

Armin Grewe's “Little Islay Guide” is a handy guide to the island in a printable format.