The Hebridean Island of Islay know as the ‘Queen of the Hebrides’, because of its fertile landscape lies off the coast of Argyll on the west coast of Scotland. The Island has a varied landscape which supports a wide variety of flora and fauna. Deer, otters, wild goats and over 270 species of birds, including the famous over wintering barnacle geese, are easily found on Islay.

The beaches of the west coast are washed by the Atlantic surf and there are naturally sculpted cliffs and sandy beaches to be explored. Hill walking is one of the best ways to appreciate Islay’s scenery and the Island’s history has left its mark on the landscape for amateur archaeologists and historians to explore.

Visit the Islay Event Calendar for current events on the island

Islay is well known the world over for its malt Whisky with 8 (9 including Jura) distilleries producing the amber nectar. Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Kilchoman, Lagavulin and Laphroaig attract many visitors from all corners of the world to see the Whisky being made and to sample it in its place of origin. All the distilleries welcome visitors all year round and off a variety of different tours and tastings. Ballygrant Inn & Restaurant is the ideal place to base yourself for touring Islay’s distilleries and we will be happy to help with booking any tours or tastings and even a taxi is you fancy sampling a dram or two!

Every year during the last week of May into June the Islay Festival of Malt & Music or the Feis Ile takes place. The festival is a Whisky lovers dream with each distillery hosting their own day, during which they offer tours, tastings, master classes, music and much more! In the evening there are ceilidh’s, whisky tastings and other entertainment. People from all over the world come to Islay for the festival and it is without doubt the biggest event in the Islay calendar!

Our Whisky bar at Ballygrant Inn & Restaurant is the ideal place to sample Islay’s whiskies. We have over 400 different whiskies from Islay, Scotland and even further afar!

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