Islay & Jura

Scotland's Adventure Coast

Islay has a place in the heart of every whisky lover, but it’s not just the world-class distilleries that draw visitors to this beautiful, fertile and fascinating inner Hebridean island.

With miles of sandy beaches, outstanding Scottish wildlife and a rich Highland heritage, there’s so much to see and do on Islay.

There’s plenty for kids to do too, and Islay is a great place for an active family holiday in Scotland.

Islay has a varied geology which in turn gives rise to a diverse range of natural habitats from moorland to peat bogs. Enjoy an outdoor adventure on Islay, with fantastic walking, cycling, golf, horse riding and kayaking on offer. 

In contrast, the mountainous, wild and sparsely populated island of Jura has a rugged and remote appeal. Jura is the eighth largest Scottish island and yet only around 200 people live here. The deer population by contrast numbers between 6,000 and 7,000.

The island’s distinctive peaks, the Paps of Jura, offer fantastic hillwalking and one thing you’re sure to see when you visit Jura is the wonderful wildlife, such as red deer and wild goats.

Gaelic in Scotland

The indigenous language of Argyll contains a great richness of expression. Here we have some lines from Gaelic poetic tradition about Islay & Jura.

Ó mo ghaol air Ìle ’n fheòir
Far an d’ fhuair mi m’ àrach òg;
Oh my love for Islay of the grass
Where I got my early upbringing
(Trad.)

Islay & Jura

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Visit Islay & Jura

Scotland's Adventure Coast

The spectacular beaches and mesmerising wilderness of the Inner Hebridean islands of Islay and Jura will fill you with joy and enrich your life.

Home to a vast variety of birds and wildlife, big unblemished skies and, of course, world famous distilleries, these islands are surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and will either have you relaxing with the peace and quiet, tapping your toes to traditional music or tantalizing your taste buds with quality local produce.

Islay

Islay is famed for its friendly locals, smoky whiskies, overwintering geese and miles of sandy beaches. The island’s main features are undoubtedly the single malt whisky distilleries, which are sought after the world over. Take a tour at your most loved, or all nine to create a real unique experience you’ll never forget.

Islay also has a unique sea faring heritage, and many fascinating archaeological sites from standing stones, forts and duns to Finlaggan, the headquarters of the Lord of the Isles.

Jura

If you’re looking to see more wildlife than you do people, Jura is for you. Considered one of Scotland’s last wildernesses with the population of around 200 out-numbered by over 5000 deer. Jura, believed to originate from the Norse ‘Island of the Deer’ is a walkers’ paradise with the Paps of Jura being the main destination.

You can also visit the world’s third largest whirlpool, Corryvreckan, which sits between Jura and nearby Scarba in the north – it’s a sight like no other

Top reasons to visit Islay & Jura

Big skies, soaring eagles, red deer and peaty malts; here are top reasons to visit the Hebridean islands of Islay and Jura.

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10 Whisky Distilleries
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5 Castles
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3 RSPB reserves
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2 Links Golf Courses
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The Paps of Jura
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Deer Island

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Lussa Gin

Lussa Gin is made by 3 women at the far end of the Isle of Jura, using 15 botanicals they can grow or gather from the island using a unique distillation proc...

The Stables
Ardlussa
Isle of Jura
Argyll
PA60 7XW

Tel: 01496 820196

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Port Askaig Hotel

Port Askaig Hotel is a picturesque, family run Highland Inn on the shores of the Sound of Islay, overlooking the pier at which daily car ferries berth on arr...

Port Askaig Hotel
Port Askaig
Isle of Islay
PA46 7RD

Tel: 01496 840 245

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Argyll Safaris

Rab is passionate about Argyll, it\'s landscape, culture and heritage. With 60 medieval castles, 32 clan seats, 1256 Neolithic standing stones, it is the bir...

Rughriach
Old Shore Road
PA37 1PT

Tel: 07760880757

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Islay Seashore

Islay Seashore sits on Kilnaughton Bay along the magnificent coastline of the Oa peninsula, with breathtaking panoramic views across the bay to Port Ellen, T...

The Oa
Isle of Islay
PA42 7AX

Tel: 07852 299311

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CHARTS (Culture Heritage & Arts Assembly, Argyll & Isles)

CHARTS is a growing network of artists, makers, producers and spaces, who value creativity and the impact it has on individuals, communities and visitors to...

c/o Mackay & Co CA
120 George Street
Oban
PA34 5NT

Tel: 01499 305 055

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Artmap Argyll

Artmap Argyll is a network of Artists who work across Argyll, from Kintyre in the south, up to Ballachulish in the north and out to the Isle of Tiree. Our me...

No 1 Balliebeg
Castleton
Lochgilphead
PA31 8RU

Tel: 07708461081

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McKinlay Kidd Ltd

Award-winning specialist tour operator making holidays differently throughout Argyll and the Isles. At McKinlay Kidd, we like to get up close and personal wi...

Head Office, McKinlay Kidd
6/1 (front) The Hatrack
144 St Vincent St
Glasgow
G2 5LQ

Tel: 0141 260 9260

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Hebridean Air Services

Our 30 minute scenic flights take in castles and other points of interest around Oban and Lorn. Our sightseer tickets allow you to fly on the schedule withou...

Oban Airport
North Connel
PA37 1SW

Tel: 0845 805 7465

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Caol Ila Distillery

The Isle of Islay is known as the ‘Queen of the Hebrides’ and it is best known for its peaty, smoky whiskies that some say are the best in the whole world – so why not come and see for yourself?

The Caol Ila Distillery, pronounced ‘cull-eela’, is the largest malt whisky distillery on the Isle of Islay and is located in a hidden bay just north of Port Askaig on the east coast of the island.

From the distillery you can enjoy stunning views out to sea across the Sound of Islay to the spectacular Paps of Jura.

Join in a distillery tour to see the whisky making process for yourself, before tasting a dram of one of the delicious varieties of malt whisky in a special branded Glencairn glass that you can take home with you.

Head to the visitor centre before you leave to take home a bottle of your favourite, or a wee souvenir to remember your trip.

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Getting here

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Planning your journey

Travelling to and from Islay and Jura is a 2 hour ferry crossing from Kennacraig on the Kintyre pennisual which can be reached by car or by bus.

If travelling by car to Jura, take the Islay ferry from Kennacraig before taking the short connecting ferry from Port Askaig across to Jura. If by foot, take the passenger only service to Craighouse on Jura, from Tayvallich near Lochgilphead.

You can even fly to Islay from Glasgow.

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