Guide to Islay

Islay has lots to offer from beautiful landscapes, wildlife, lots of sandy beaches, places of historic interest to visit and sporting activities to enjoy – not forgetting the many whisky distilleries, for which Islay is famous!

Below is some information on places to visit and useful contacts for Islay.

Wildlife

Visit the Islay National History Trust in Port Charlotte 01496 850 288 www.islaynationalhistory.org

Birdwatching

There are RSPB Nature Reserves at The Oa and Loch Gruinart with guided walks every Tuesday at The Oa

Tours are also available from Wild Islay Birding - 01496 840 725 www.wildislaybirding.co.uk

Historic Interest

Museum of Islay Life – 01496 850 358 www.islaymuseum.org
Finlaggan – Lordship of the Isles - 01496 840 644 www.finlaggan.org
Kildalton Cross & Chapel
Kilchoman Cross & Church
American Monument

Sporting Activities

Riding

Ballivicar Pony Trekking Centre – 01496 302 251

On the water

www.islayseasafari.co.uk
www.kayakwildislay.co.uk
www.islay-sea-adventures.co.uk

Swimming

MacTaggart Leisure Centre (Bowmore) – 01496 810 767

Cycling / Bike hire

01496 302 349 (Port Ellen)
01496 810 366 (Bowmore)
01496 850 488 (Port Charlotte)
01496 840 753 (Port Askaig)
www.islaycycles.co.uk

Port Ellen Playing Fields

For tennis, pitch & putt, putting and bowls

Fishing

Guests staying at Lenavore have the use of a Port Ellen Angling Club fly fishing permit for the duration of their stay. The permit allows guests to fish the Port Ellen club waters which consists of five brown trout lochs of varying sizes including the Kinnabus and Glenastle lochs. For more information please visit www.portellenanglingclub.co.uk. Please note that fishing tackle / equipment is not supplied.

Golf

Machrie Golf Links (Port Ellen) – 01496 302 310

Beaches

There are many sandy beaches on Islay from Machir Bay , Sanaigmore Bay and Saligo Bay on the west coast to Claggan Bay and Artdtalla on the east coast and Kilnaughton and the Singing Sands close to Port Ellen – to name but a few! The Strand is a huge stretch of beach running from Port Ellen to Bowmore. Closest to Lenavore is Killeyan Beach, along from the American Monument.

Distilleries

Laphroaig - 01496 302418 www.Laphroaig.com
Lagavulin - 01496 302 749 www.discovering-distilleries.com/lagavulin/
Ardbeg - 01496 302244 www.ardbeg.com
Bowmore - 01496 810 441 www.bowmore.co.uk
Bunnahabhain - 01496 840 557 www.bunnahabhain.com
Caol Ila - 01496 302 769 www.discovering-distilleries.com/caolila/
Kilchoman - 01496 850011 www.kilchomandistillery.com
Bruichladdich - 01496 850 221 www.bruichladdich.com

Shops to Visit

Spirited Soaps (Bowmore) 01496 810 938
The Celtic House (Bowmore) 01496 810 304
The Islay Whisky Shop (Bowmore) 01496 810 684
Islay House Square (Bridgend) – Islay Quilters / Elizabeth Sykes Batics / Islay Ales
Islay Woollen Mill (Bridgend) 01496 810 563
Tormisdale Croft Crafts (near Port Charlotte) 01496 860 239
Outback Art Gallery (Sanaigmore Bay) 01496 850 259
Persabus Ceramics (near Port Askaig) 01496 840 243

Supermarkets

There are Spar shops at Bridgend and Port Charlotte as well as larger Co-op stores at Bowmore and Port Ellen.

Restaurants & Bars

Port Ellen

The Islay Hotel – 01496 300 109
Sea Salt Bistro – 01496 300 300

Bowmore

Harbour Inn – 01496 810 330
Lochside Hotel – 01496 810 244
Bowmore Hotel – 01496 810 416
Peatzeria – 01496 810 810
Taj Mahal – 01496 810 033

Bridgend

Bridgend Hotel - 01496 810 212

Port Charlotte

Port Charlotte Hotel – 01496 850 360
Port Mor Bistro – 01496 850 441
Yan’s Kitchen – 01496 850 230
Lochindaal Hotel – 01496 850 202

Portnahaven

An Tigh Seinnse – 01496 860 224

Ballygrant

Ballygrant Inn – 01496 840 277

Port Askaig

Port Askaig Hotel – 01496 840 245

Cafes/Coffee Shops

Gate 1 Cafe (Islay Airport – near Port Ellen) 01496 300 441
Cyber Bistro (Port Ellen) 01496 300 509
The Cottage (Bowmore) 01496 810 111
The Celtic House (Bowmore) 01496 810 304
Debbies Minimarket (Bruichladdich) 01496 850 319

Islay Transport

Buses

For times and services of buses around Islay, please check the Islay Coaches website www.bmundell.co.uk/islay-coaches.html

Taxis

Carol’s Cabs 01496 302 155 or 07775 782 155
Rhinns Taxis 01496 850 170 or 07771 921 157
Lamont’s Taxis 01496 810 449 or 07899 756 159
Bruichladdich Taxis 01496 850 271 or 07899 942 673
Hughie’s Taxi 07737 491 429

Car Hire

Islay Car Hire - 01496 810 544 www.islaycarhire.com
D & N MacKenzie - 01496 302 300 www.carhireonislay.co.uk

Petrol & Diesel

There is petrol and diesel available at Port Ellen, Bowmore, Port Charlotte and Port Askaig.

Tourist Information

There is a Tourist Information Office at Bowmore - 01496 305 165
There is also lots of information on Islay to be found at www.islayinfo.com