About Islay

Visiting Islay

Thousands of people travel to Islay every year, whether looking to discover the home of their favourite whisky or experience the amazing wildlife and history.

Travelling to Islay

Islay is accessible by air or by ferry.

There are regular flights from Glasgow to Islay serviced by Flybe which take approximately 45 minutes. It is also possible to fly from Oban with Hebridean Air Service.

There are regular ferry services from Kennacraig that sail to Port Ellen and Port Askaig. These services are put on by Caledonian Macbrayne

The easiest way to get to Kennacraig is by car, although there is a bus service from Glasgow that leaves from Glasgow Central station and is put on by ScotRail.

Getting around Islay

A bus service runs between all the main villages on Islay. Bus timetable

You can also rent a car from Port Ellen Airport using the Islay Car Hire Company

It is also possible to rent bikes from the post office in Bowmore.

  • By ferry

    2 hours
  • By airplane

    1 hour
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