Please telephone Port Charlotte Bike Hire on +44 (0) 1496 850488
Local Bus Timetable
Petrol is available from the Spar shop/ post office on Main Street in Port Charlotte and in Bridgend, Port Ellen, Bowmore and Port Askaig.
Terminal: 01496 302 022
Information Desk: 01496 302 361
Flybe: 0871 700 0535
CalMac Enquiries and Reservations
0800 066 5000
Islay Tourist Information
Information, leaflets, books and maps
Isle of Islay
“The ultimate online guide”
Extensive information on the island and its history with details of activities and places to visit. Includes details on a number of local walks and cycle routes.
Islay and Jura
Visitor information for Islay and Jura
Information on Islay’s most famous export
Local newspaper, published fortnightly
Armin’s Little Islay Guide
Downloadable guide written by Islay blogger
Things to do
Islay Sea Safari
Islay Sea Adventures
Wild Islay Birding
Wildlife & birdwatching on the Queen of the Hebrides. Are you interested in nature and wildlife, would you like to get out around Islay with an experienced guide?
Contact Gary and get out and about on the Queen of the Hebrides to see her amazing natural wonders.
McTaggart Leisure Centre
4x25m Pool, gym, sauna
Isle of Islay
Islay Pony Trekking
Places to Visit
Memorial to the hundreds of American servicemen who were killed when two troop ships were lost off Islay in 1918.
Centre of the medieval Lords of the Isles
Islay Natural History Trust
Website includes information on local geology and birdwatching sites
The trust runs a field centre in Port Charlotte with displays and exhibitions of Islay’s wildlife
Islay Square, Bridgend
Various craft shops plus the community garden
Islay Woollen Mill Co Ltd, Bridgend
Established 1883, with 2 working Victorian looms
Kildalton Cross and Old Parish Church
Early Christian carved wheel-cross, medieval stone effigy of warrior, ruined medieval chapel.
Loch Gruinart Nature Reserve
Run by the RSPB, the reserve’s Visitor Centre occupies the north-west quadrant of the island.
Museum of Islay Life,Port Charlotte
Open daily, Easter-October, Sunday afternoons and by appointment. Award-winning displays of archaeology and island life. Library and archive, including photographs.
Festivals and Events
The Islay Festival – Feis Ile
The Islay Festival of Malt and Music starts the last weekend of May each year and lasts for one week
Islay Jazz Festival
Annual event held in September
Classical Music on Islay
Islay Book Festival
Held annually in September
Islay Half Marathon
Held annually in early August
Islay Beach Rugby Tournament
Islay’s 130 miles of coastline include many beautiful sand and shingle beaches www.islayinfo.com/beaches_on_islay.html
Eating and Drinking
Port Charlotte Hotel
Port Mor Bistro
An Tigh Seinnse
The Cottage Restaurant
The Harbour Inn
Jeans fish Van
The Nippy Chippy Van
01496 850 190
Caol Ila01496 302760
01496 850 011
Lagavulin Distillery and Visitor Centre01496-302250
Laphroaig Distillery and Visitor Centre01496-302418
Islay Studios Gallery
Whilst on holiday on Islay, pop into Islay studios gallery in Islay House Square near Bridgend.
The gallery has examples of creative seascape photography, beautifully mounted & framed from around the island taken by Mark Unsworth.
Also on display are pieces of limited edition art of Islay by some of the best artists currently practicing on Scotland’s west coast. A post-out service is available if you don’t have room in your vehicle or are travelling by public transport.