Immerse yourself in Islay, Jura and Colonsay

From achingly beautiful beaches to toe-tapping nights in the pub, the islands of Islay, Jura and Colonsay offer a true taste of the Hebrides. Islay is famed for its smoky whiskies, overwintering geese and miles of sandy beaches. Neighbouring Jura is mountainous and wild, with a rugged and remote appeal. 

The island’s distinctive peaks, the Paps of Jura, offer fantastic hillwalking, and intrepid hikers can explore the uninhabited west coast. Tiny Colonsay is a gem of an island and home to an array of wildlife. Kiloran Bay has to be one of the most perfect sandy beaches in the whole of Argyll. Visit local Islay & Jura website and visit local Colonsay website.

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Everything there is to see and do in Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Ardbeg Distillery

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Distilleries and breweries

Follow your nose along the most famous road in the history of malt whisky and you’ll arrive at Ardbeg. It's a fantastic place to visit and there’s a range of tours available.

Ballivicar Farm Pony Trekking

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Horseriding

Ballivicar Farm offers pony trekking for all abilities, from the youngest riders to the most experienced.

Bunnahabhain Distillery

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Distilleries and breweries

Caol Ila Distillery

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Distilleries and breweries

Caol Ila is Gaelic for ‘sound of Islay’. The distillery’s name relates to its beautiful location.

Colonsay Golf Course

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Golf

Colonsay Golf Course is reputedly over 200 years old, having first been played on in 1775.

Colonsay House Gardens

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Gardens

Colonsay House Gardens on the island of Colonsay are considered to have one of the finest rhododendron collections in Scotland.

Colonsay & Oronsay Heritage Centre

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

History and heritage

This small heritage centre at Port Mòr on the western side of the island covers all aspects of Colonsay and Oransay's history.

Machir Bay

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Beaches and islands

Machir Bay is a beautiful two-mile long golden bay, backed by huge white sand dunes.

The Machrie Hotel and Golf Links

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Golf

The Machrie takes its name from the Gaelic word machair, which means the links.

MacPhie Bagging

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Walking and climbing

MacPhie bagging is a fantastic way to explore the islands of Colonsay and Oronsay.

Museum of Islay Life

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

History and heritage

Museum of Islay Life has 10,000 years of Islay history on display!

The Oa RSPB Reserve

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Wildlife and nature

With rugged coastline and open moorland, the diversity of landscapes make The Oa Nature Reserve a real pleasure to visit.

Paps of Jura

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Walking and climbing

Climbing the Paps of Jura is a must for the experienced walker. The view from the three peaks is second to none.

Finlaggan

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Landmarks and attractions

Islay Natural History Centre

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Wildlife and nature

The Natural History Centre in Port Charlotte, Islay, is a fascinating place to visit.

Islay Brewery and Visitors Centre

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Distilleries and breweries

Visit the Islay Ales brewery on the beautiful Isle of Islay.

Islay Sea Adventures

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Tours, trips and trails

Join Islay Sea Adventures for a wildlife adventure! You'll experience another side of Islay that's only available from the sea.

Islay Studios Gallery

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Music, art and culture

The Islay Studios Gallery showcases Mark Unsworth's fantastic photographs of Islay and features art by some of the best artists working on the west coast of Scotland.

Jura Distillery

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Distilleries and breweries

On an island just 7 miles wide and 30 miles long, there is but one road, one hotel and one distillery.

Kilchoman Distillery

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Distilleries and breweries

Kilchoman is a farm distillery and the first to be built on Islay for 124 years.

Kiloran Bay

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Beaches and islands

This breath-taking beach on the island of Colonsay is one of Argyll’s finest and is relatively easily accessible.

Kildalton Cross

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Landmarks and attractions

The Kildalton Cross on Islay is a masterpiece of 8th-century religious art. It’s closely related to three major crosses in Iona – St John’s, St Martin’s and St Oran’s.

Kayak Wild Islay

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Kayaking and canoeing

Come to the inner Hebridean island of Islay for a sea kayaking adventure.

Lagavulin Distillery

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Distilleries and breweries

Lagavulin Distillery can be found sitting in the beautiful bay of Lagavulin at the south of Islay near the ruins of Dunyveg Castle

Laphroaig Distillery

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Distilleries and breweries

For nearly 200 years a small team of dedicated islanders have worked in this distillery to create what is considered by some to be the most distinctive single malt in the world.

Loch Gruinart RSPB Reserve

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Wildlife and nature

Situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Islay, the RSPB Loch Gruinart Nature Reserve is a fantastic place to see wildlife all year round.

The whisky coast

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Distilleries and breweries

Follow this journey across Argyll, from Campbeltown in Kintyre to the Hebridean island of Mull, to discover the region’s whiskies.

Islay Food Journey

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Food and drink

Islay is foodie heaven. You can feast on the finest local produce expertly prepared.

Sailing from Islay to Tiree

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Tours, trips and trails

Tea on the Beach at Inverlussa Bay

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Beaches and islands

You can savour the view and enjoy tea and cakes right on the beach thanks to Tea on the Beach, the world's only walkie-talkie cafe.

Tormisdale Croft Crafts

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Music, art and culture

Tormisdale Croft Crafts is a gem of a shop on the west coast of Islay.

Wild Islay Birding

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Wildlife and nature

Wild Islay Birding offers wildlife and birdwatching on the beautiful Hebridean island of Islay.

Bowmore Distillery

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Distilleries and breweries

Three Distilleries Pathway

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Distilleries and breweries

Lussa Gin

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Distilleries and breweries

Persabus Pottery and Ceramic Cafe

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Music, art and culture

Persabus Pottery and Ceramic Cafe on Islay is a fabulous place to visit. You'll find unique and vibrant ceramics for sale, pottery workshop and a cafe.

Colonsay Folk Festival

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Ardbeg Islay Half Marathon

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Cantilena Festival

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Isle of Jura Fell Race

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Islay Festival of Music & Malt

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Colonsay Spring Festival

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Walk Islay

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Islay Show

Islay, Jura and Colonsay