The Queen of the Hebrides
If Islay is the Queen of the Hebrides, the jewel in its crown is its world-famous single malt whiskies!
As well as being home to a large community, the island boasts twelve working distilleries (nine dedicated to whisky, three to gin), including the iconic Lagavulin. Thought to have been inhabited since the Mesolithic era, like many of the Hebrides, Islay has a rich tapestry of natural and human history. Glimpses of this past can be seen in the Museum of Islay Life, which hosts approximately two thousand artefacts in its collection.
Present-day cultural events include the annual beach rugby tournament; the only one of its kind in the UK, held on the second Saturday in June. Fѐis Ìle, or the Islay Festival of Malt and Music, is a celebration of local heritage and culture, showcasing music, dance and fantastic local produce - all punctuated with ceilidhs and community events, and of course a dram or two!
For more information, visit the Islay Info website or download their app.