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.