Nature and wildlife

The Hebridean island of Islay is a wildlife-rich place. Its sandy bays, moorland, machair, bogs, lochs, woodlands, sea cliffs and shoreline support an array of flora and fauna, from rare butterflies to iconic Scottish creatures such as otters, seals and eagles. 

Islay is best known for its birdlife, with two RSPB Reserves, The Oa and Loch Gruinart. Neighbouring Jura is wild and remote, with a deer population of around 6000. Tiny Colonsay is home to an array of plant and birdlife and a healthy population of goats and rabbits.