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Local Experiences

Kayak Wild Islay and Fatbike Hire

Guided sea kayak and Fatbike tours on Islay. With half-day and full-day kayaking tours as well as Fatbike tours, there is plenty on offer.

Kayak Wild Islay

Contact details 07973725456 or kayakislay@gmail.com

Islay Outdoors

Guided Tours on Islay, wildlife walks, fishing trips, bird watching, field sports and much more.

Islay Outdoors – Guided Tours on the Scottish Isle of Islay

Contact details 01496 850 643 / 07985 403 537 or dj@islayoutdoors.com

Islay Encounters

Guided wildlife and nature tours, history tours and more.

Islay Encounters with Nature | Find your Encounter.

Contact details 07930 054 840 or info@islayencounters.co.uk

Electric Bike Hire

Premium Bicycle hire, delivered straight to your door.

Islay E- Wheels offers premium electric and non-electric bikes for hire. Choose between our easy entry step-through or Hybrid-style bikes.

Home – Islay E-Wheels (islayewheels.co.uk)

Contact details 07497090716 or bookings@islaywheels.co.uk

Islay Natural History Trust

Learn about Islay’s wildlife at the Port Charlotte Centre. Get creative in the wildlife den, see rockpool creatures up close and take part in a range of activities available over the season.

Islay Natural History Trust

Contact details 01496 850288 or inht@btconnect.com

RSPB Nature Reserves

Visit RSPB Loch Gruinart with its visitor centre and hides overlooking the mudflats and saltmarsh with waders, Hen Harrier and wintering geese.

Or Visit the dramatic RSPB The Oa reserve with its cliffs, moorland, American Monument with Chough and Golden Eagles.

Both reserves offer guided walks and events over the season.

Loch Gruinart Nature Reserve, Bridgend, Islay, Argyll & Bute – The RSPB

The Oa Nature Reserve, Islay, Argyll & Bute, Scotland – The RSPB

Persabus Pottery

Visit Persabus Pottery and see how Islay’s landscapes have inspired beautiful pieces. Feeling Creative? Enjoy a pottery painting experience in their Creative Studio space or have fun with one of their pottery ‘takeaway’ kits.

Contact Details 01496 840243

Islay Woollen Mill

See how the beautiful and famous Islay Woollen Mill produce their goods, including the Hollywood Braveheart design. Why not buy some of your own whilst there?

Islay Woollen Mill, Online Shop, Tweed, Braveheart, Souvenirs, Country Clothing Islay

Contact details 01496810563 or mill@islaywoollenmill.co.uk

Finlaggan

 Finlaggan is a historic site on Eilean Mòr in Loch Finlaggan. The Loch, the island, and Finlaggan Castle lie around two kilometres to the northwest of Ballygrant on Islay. Finlaggan was the seat of the Lords of the Isles and of Clan Donald. Two of the three islands that lie in the expansive scenery surrounding Loch Finlaggan, Eilean Mòr and Eilean na Comhairle, were the administrative centre of the Lordship of the Isles during the 13th to 15th centuries, until 1493 when the lordship of the Isles fell to James IV of Scotland, who administered the territory via a tenant-in-chief.

There is also a visitor centre there.

Finlaggan Islay – The Centre of the Lordship of the Isles – The Centre of the Lordship of the Isles

Contact details 01496 840 644 or finlaggan@outlook.com

Kildalton Cross

The Kildalton Cross is a monolithic high cross in Celtic cross form in the churchyard of the former parish church of Kildalton on the island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland. It was carved probably in the second half of the 8th century AD, and is closely related to crosses of similar date on Iona. It is often considered the finest surviving Celtic cross in Scotland, and is certainly one of the most perfect monuments of its date to survive in western Europe.

Dunyvaig Castle

Dunyvaig Castle, is located on the south side of Islay, in Argyll, Scotland, on the shore of Lagavulin Bay, 4 kilometres from Port Ellen. The castle was once a naval base of the Lord of the Isles, chiefs of Clan Donald. It was held by the chiefs of the Clan MacDonald of Dunnyveg.

Museum of Islay Life

Located in Port Charlotte, the museum houses a large and fascinating collection of objects, books, photographs and stories all illustrative of life in Islay from prehistoric to recent times. This includes artifacts found at Dunyvaig Castle, which we pass on our tours.

Museum of Islay Life | Showing the history of Life on Islay (islaymuseum.org)

Islay taxi numbers
  • Islay Taxis (Whisky Tours) 07771921157
  • Dougie (Islay tours/private hires) 07474686367
  • Jim’s taxi and Whisky tours 07967505991
  • Bowmore Taxi 01496 810499 / 07899756159
  • Lamb’s Taxis 07846055399
  • Hughie Currie 07737491429
  • Bruichladdich Taxi 01496 850271 / 07899942673
  • Cathy Heads Taxi 07376952320
  • Bonnie Islay Taxis 0790356724
  • Islay Car Hire 01496 810 544
  • Cresswell Cars 01496 302 300
  • Bodach Islay Taxi 07513066029
  • Islay TukTuk 07555016450

For more information on what to do on the island check out this travel guide – KAYAK Isle of Islay Travel Guide