Islay, the Queen of the Hebrides, really is a World Class destination. It is no wonder that visitors return as friends year after year to enjoy being here: our miles of sandy beaches, idyllic coastal villages and iconic malt whisky distilleries are second to none. Islay is reknowned for its superb birdlife and varied flora and fauna. The Lords of the Isles chose Finlaggan as their ancient seat and the intact Celtic cross at Kildalton gives a hint of our rich spiritual heritage.
Award winning restaurants, watersports, the championship golf course at Machrie, pony trekking, sea safaris, wildlife tours, fly fishing and craftshops all add to Islay's portfolio of attractions. But most of all Islay is a place to unwind, regenerate body and soul, breathe fresh air and shift life back into perspective as you enjoy the views and engage with her greatest asset - the Ileachs themselves.
There are some excellent places to eat out on Islay. Try our local - the stylish new Islay hotel has a smart bar and courtyard as well as a dining room that is a triumph in eclectic decor and is a lovely place to eat - all just 10 minutes from Coillabus . A couple of minutes up the road takes you to the cafe restaurant at Ardbeg Distillery - another firm favourite in a unique venue.
A favourite pub is in the village of Port Charlotte with the option to dine in their well established restaurant. Or We could go on. A full range of sample menus from recommended restaurants will be available. Local car hire can be arranged for worry free dining.
Coillabus is situated on the Oa peninsula, a ten minute drive from the ferry port at Port Ellen and no more than 50 minutes from Port Askaig.
There are regular Calmac car ferry crossings from and to Kennacraig on the Scottish Mainland with good public transport links. We advise booking ahead to secure the sailing you want.
Twice daily Loganair flights operated by Flybe from Glasgow mean Islay is just half an hour away from central Scotland and international connections.
Taxis and car hire can be arranged from the airport.
Bike hire is available in Port Ellen.