This evening, I am posting information on the island of Islay (pop:3250) which lies off the West Coast of Scotland. Islay has an airport but most visitors use the ferry crossing between Craignure on the mainland and Port Ellen or Port Askaig, both of which being on the island.

Many visitors are attracted by the whisky distilleries, which are renowned for their peaty or smoky flavours which is due the use of peat smoke in the malting process. Islay is well endowed with peat reserves. Extracting the peat is called ‘cutting’ and on the back-roads it is possible to see and photograph this work in process.

The distilleries are: Ardbeg, Bowmore, BruichladdichBunnahabhainCaol IlaKilchomanLagavulin and Laphroaig. Tours and tastings are available at each.

Other places and sites of interest are:

Whisky tasting at Caol Ila Distillery, Islay, Scotland

Bunnahabhain Distillery, islay, Scotland

Main Street, Bowmore, Islay, Scotland

Finlaggan, heart of Lords of the Isles power base, Islay, Scotland

Kildalton Cross, Islay, Scotland

Prehistoric Chambered Cairn, Islay, Scotland

Free roaming sheep on Islay, Scotland

Highland Cattle near Portnahaven, Islay, Scotland

Peat Cuttings, Islay, Scotland

Islay Woollen Mill, Islay, Scotland

Grey Seal at Portnahaven, Islay, Scotland

Paps of Jura from Port Askaig, Islay