One of the hundreds of islands of Scotland and the southernmost of the Inner Hebrides, Islay is known for its whisky distilleries, wildlife and beautiful scenery. A whirlwind three day trip to this incredible island with Whisky Co., and we’re convinced it has the friendliest people in Scotland (enthusiastic waves and cheery smiles galore!), the most stunning distilleries and an incredible coast.
To travel to Islay, you can either fly from Glasgow (though it’s not too easy on the wallet), drive onto the ferry at Kennacraig, or catch a bus from Glasgow to the port, making sure you have transport organised on the other side. It’s just a 45 minute flight or two hour ferry ride from the mainland, and the drive to Kennacraig is the perfect start to your journey, past an abundance of lochs and mountains.
Islay is known as ‘The Queen of the Hebrides’ and has a population of just over 3000, spanning over 600 square kilometres. We spent our three days there visiting all eight whisky distilleries, from Bruichladdich to Caol Isla, to Bunnahabhain, stopping in the middle of the road to grab photos of the ridiculous scenery, and freezing our butts off capturing the epic sunsets that we were spoilt with on the coast, at our little retreat in Portnahaven.