The most practical way to get about is by car especially if time is limited or you want to reach the more remote areas. If you haven’t brought your own vehicle and need to hire a car there are two main outlets on Islay.

Islay Car Hire at 01496 810544 (call for prices and arranging collection)

D&N MacKenzie at 01496 302300 (call for prices and arranging collection)



The Islay bus is operated by B. Mundell Ltd. Timetables can be found on the website below and leaflets can be found in the local area.

Website: B. Mundell Ltd Timetable


The Jura Bus is operated by Garelochhead Coaches and travels between Feolin Ferry to Craighouse and north up the island to Inverlussa Tel: 01436 810200

Website: Garelochhead Coaches Timetable


Islay is an excellent place to get about by bicycle, whether you bring your own or hire one when you get here. It’s definitely one way to slow down and enjoy the calming effect island life can have on you. Most of the roads are quiet and flat – we do get the odd windy day but in the summertime, it’s a delight to get out and enjoy the fresh air.

Every Sunday at 10 am an informal group of cyclists meet at the Mini Market in Bruichladdich and set off on a scenic social cycle on some of Islay’s scenic roads. All welcome. The group return to the Mini Market for a well-earned Tea/Coffee & cake.

Bike Hire


Polly Mather, Main Street, Port Charlotte (opposite Port Charlotte Hotel), Phone: 01496 850 488

Jim Lutomski, 2 Corrsgeir Place, Port Ellen, Phone: 07760 196592


Michael Varley, Phone: 07092 180747