Islay or The Isle of Islay is the 5th largest Scottish island, and the southernmost of the Inner Hebrides famous for its beaches, whisky, wildlife, history, amazing scenery and of course the world famous island hospitality.
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Islay is famous for its unspoilt, pristine beaches, the finest whisky distilleries (8 of them) and the friendly island people. People still wave to each other and visitors as they pass by in cars.
There are lots of good places to stay on the island and finding accommodation on Islay should not be a problem. There are hotels, guest houses and Bed and Breakfasts in all corners of the island.
The island's capital is Bowmore although Port Ellen is the largest settlement. Port Askaig is a fishing village and where you can cross on the wee ferry to the neighbouring island of Jura, where you can find yet another distillery as well as a superb selection of Scottish wildlife in its unspoiled and natural environment.
Birds find Islay more enchanting than people and although there are over three thousand people on Islay there are more than fifty thousand geese throughout Islay's 240 square miles (approx). Other bird species of Note are Golden Eagle, Choughs, Corncrakes, Hen Harrier, Oyster Catcher and Linnet. Three species of Derr roam the hills, Hares box in the meadows and selas and otters can be seen going about their business by the sea. click Islay birds for more information and pictures of Islay birds
Whisky and Whisky Distilleries can be found in abundance on Islay more here than anywhere else namely:- Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Caol Ila, Kilchoman, Lagavulin and Laphroag. Click islay whisky to read more