Discover the magic of Islay

The beautiful Inner Hebridean Island of Islay is an inspirational & magical place to explore whether Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter. There is something special to offer everyone & though we have lived here for 30 years on the Croft, each day is still a treat & a joy. The Island is steeped in fascinating history, timeless tranquility, abundant & spectacular wildlife & is the friendliest of places with a tiny 'human' residential population of just over three thousand. Don't be shocked if everyone waves to you when driving, it's just the Islay way. Leave the traffic, queues, hustle & bustle behind & enjoy this little Island of magic. Here are just a few wee ideas of what to do & see on Islay.

Beaches: Islay has some of the most stunning soft sandy beaches in the country including the spectacular 7 mile Big Strand. For isolation try our favourite beaches at Port An Aise (Beach by the waterfall) or the spectacular seven mile sandy stretch of the Big Strand at the foot of the Machrie Golf Course. Close to the Croft is Kilnaughton Beach & the Singing Sands by Port Ellen Light House, perfect for picnics, BBQ's & swimming.

Golf: is available at the spectacular & challenging world famous Machrie 18 hole Championship Links Golf Course (6292 Yds Par 71) which is less than 3 miles from the Croft & runs parallel with the stunning Big Strand beach providing wonderful views over Loch Indaal & much of Islay. The Course was originally built in 1891 by Willie Campbell & has changed little since. The famous Kildalton Cross Championship competition is held every August.

Ardbeg Distillery

Whisky: Not only has Islay got more Distilleries than any other island in the world but they are all world famous for their quality & uniqueness. If you enjoy a good dram a visit to Islay is a must as there are 8 Malt Whisky Distilleries, all set in spectacular seaside settings which provide friendly informative tours & opportunities to sample & learn about this ancient skill. On the gentle sheltered East Coast you can visit Ardbeg (superb cafe, a must for lunch), Lagavulin & Laphroaig Distilleries. Bowmore Distillery dominates the shore line in Bowmore, Islay's pretty Capital. Exciting Bruichladdich Distillery is situated on the Rhinns & has a fabulous range of whisky to sample along with the refreshing Islay Botanist gin. A visit to Kilchoman Distillery is a must, this is Scotland's smallest & unique farm micro Distillery which also provides a perfect spot to eat & relax. Overlooking the Sound of Islay towards the spectacular Paps of Jura are Caol Ila & Bunnahabhain Distilleries. Whisky making is like the creation of earth itself, bringing together earth, water, fire, smoke & time!!. Enjoy & Slainte.

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