Islay, pronounced I-la and also known as “The Queen of the Hebrides”, is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, 40 kilometers north of the Irish coast. Windy, fresh and wild, Islay has a population of three thousand and its main commercial activities are agriculture and whisky distillation. The majority of its inhabitants speak English and almost 30% speak Gaelic.
Islay is the home of eight working whisky distilleries, now producing one of the most uniquely flavoured single malt whiskies in the world.
Islay is also a popular destination for nature lovers and birdwatchers, as it is home to many bird species, red deers, otters and seals. Various types of whales can be seen dancing from the coasts of Islay.
The climate is mild compared to mainland Scotland; there is barely snow at the sea level and frosts are short lived, even thought the locals say you could experience 4 season in one day in Islay.
Photos sources, from top to bottom: Islay map, Islay as seen from the ferry, Islay creek, Rinns of Islay lighthouse and Islay cattle.
What about you? Ever been to this beautiful, relaxing island? Would you like to travel there?
2 responses to “Travel Destinations: The Island of Islay”
What to say…I can see the variety and variability..By seeing your pictures one can really say that..Anyone can start loving the nature.
Did you know that the “Islay creek” you mention has nowhere near the Isle of Islay, let alone on it?