Islay & Jura

Visitor Information

Islay and Jura are the southernmost of the Inner Hebrides islands of Scotland. Known for their whiskies, they have 10 distilleries producing their characteristic peaty single malt whiskies. 

Local Facilities

Services

Royal Bank of Scotland, The Square, Main Street, Bowmore, PA43 7JJ. ATM available.

Co-operative, Main Street, Bowmore, ATM available.

Bank of Scotland, Shore Street, Bowmore, PA42 7LB. ATM available.

ATM’s are located inside the following establishments;

  • Lauries of Islay (Spar), Charlotte Street, Port Ellen, PA42 7DF
  • Bridgend Stores, Bridgend, PA44 7PQ
  • C&S Monks, Main Street, Port Charlotte, PA48 7TX
  • Post Office & Shop, Portnahavan
  • Port Askaig Hotel, Port Askaig, PA46 7RD

Jura

There is no ATM on the Isle of Jura but you can get cash back when using your debit card at the Jura Hotel in Craighouse.

The Blue Letterbox

Based on the picturesque Isle of Islay, famed for its wildlife and whisky, The Blue Letterbox is a new gift shop situated on Frederick Crescent in the pretty harbour

  • Bowmore Post Office, Main Street, Bowmore, PA43 7JH
  • Bridgend Post Office, Bridgend Stores, Bridgend, PA44 7PQ
  • Bruichladdich Port Office, Mini Market, Bruichladdich, PA49 7UN
  • Port Askaig Post Office, Port Askaig Stores, PA46 7RD
  • Port Charlotte Post Office, C&S Monks, Main Street, Port Charlotte, PA48 7TX
  • Port Ellen Post Office, Frederick Crescent, Port Ellen, PA42 7BD
  • Portnahaven Post Office & Shop, 23, Shore Street,
  • Portnahaven, PA47 7SH
  • Jura Community Post Office, Jura Community Shop, Craighouse, PA60 7XS

The Blue Letterbox

Based on the picturesque Isle of Islay, famed for its wildlife and whisky, The Blue Letterbox is a new gift shop situated on Frederick Crescent in the pretty harbour...

Domestic and commercial waste and recycling collections take place across the islands on set days. For more information on which bin on which day click here

Gartbreck Waste and Recycling Centre

Opening Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 8.00 am to 4.30 pm
Friday: 8.00 am to 4.00 pm
Saturday: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Householders can bring various items to the site for recycling/recovery, including paper, cardboard, plastic bottles/food trays/tubs/pots, cans, tins, empty aerosols, car batteries, household batteries, green garden waste, any (large or small) electrical or battery operated item, scrap metal, fluorescent tubes, light bulbs, glass bottles and jars, textiles, food and drinks cartons (e.g. Tetra Pak),engine oil, water based paints and wood.

Other household rubbish and items can be brought to the site for onward disposal

Gartbreck Recycling Centre
Gartbreck
Bowmore
PA43 7JT

Re-jig

If you have clean furniture, bric a brac, textiles or working electrical items you can contact Re-JIG on 01496 810 880 or take them along to Unit 11, Whin Park, Bridgend, Islay, PA44 7NZ.

Re-jig’s re-use centres are located in Whin Park Bridgend where you can find furniture, bric-a-brac, clothes, electrical items, and other hidden treasures and another in Shore Street, Bowmore stocking clothes, bric-a-brac, and electrical items.

The opening hours are:

Whin Park 8:30am - 4:00pm Monday to Friday,

Ileach Saturdays 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Bowmore 11:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Saturday

Islay

  • Port Ellen Filling Station, Charlotte Street, Port Ellen, PA42 7DF
  • Bowmore Filling Station, Jamieson Street, Bowmore, PA43 7HL
  • Bridgend Stores, Bridgend, PA44 7PQ
  • C&S Monks, Main Street, Port Charlotte, PA48 7TX
  • Port Askaig Pump Stores, Port Askaig, PA46 7RD (will open out of hours when staffing allows, ask at Hotel)

Jura

  • Pier Garage Filling Station, Craighouse, PA60 7XF

In an emergency dial 999

NHS Freephone 111 (use if someone is unwell or if the doctors surgery is closed and you cannot wait until it opens)

Islay

Islay Pharmacy
Main Street
Bowmore
PA43 7JJ
01496 301591

Islay Hospital
Gortonvogie Road
Bowmore
Isle Of Islay
PA43 7JD
01496 301000

Bowmore Medical Practice
Gortonvogie Road
Bowmore
Isle Of Islay
PA43 7JD
01496 301039

The Rhinns Medical Centre
Port Charlotte
Isle of Islay
PA48 7UD
01496 850210

Port Ellen Surgery
Geirhilda
Port Ellen
Isle Of Islay
PA42 7DR
01496 302103

Jura

Jura Medical Practice
Glencairn Surgery
Craighouse
Isle of Jura
PA60 7XG
01496 820218

  • Bowmore – located on the Main Square next to the Tourist Information Centre
  • Port Ellen – located on your right as you enter the village of Port Ellen from the north.
  • Bridgend - located opposite the Village Stores adjacent to the Bridgend Hotel.
  • Bruichladdich - located opposite the pier
  • Portnahaven - locally known as the 'College of Knowlege' the public toilets are located at the bus terminus at the top of the hill overlooking the bay.

The Museum of Islay Life is accessible to wheelchair users and distances between exhibits allow for wheelchair access. The library area, however, is up two steps. There is strategically placed chairs around the Museum to allow people to rest if required.

RSPB Loch Gruinart has disabled parking and access to its Visitor Centre, there are also Disabled toilet there. The South hide has access for vehicles for visitors with mobility issues, and there is also wheelchair access to the viewing platform via the Hide car park.

Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle (The Columba Centre) just outside Bowmore has disabled carparking, accessible cafe and disabled toilets.

Accessible Pathways

  • The South Islay Distilleries Pathway from Port Ellen to Ardbeg is suitable for wheelchairs and mobility vehicles.
  • Bridgend Woods has a number of hardsurface pathways suitable for wheelchair and mobility vehicle access.
  • Ràthas nan Lasgairean - The Path of the Fisherman in Port Wemyss offers a coastal pathway suitable for wheelchair users.

Self Catering Cottages

Seall na Mara has category 2 Assisted Wheelchair Access

Rowan Cottage is wheelchair accessible