Islay is a malt whisky enthusiast’s paradise as you can tour the distilleries, watch the production process and sample a "wee dram" at each of them. Islay is a stunning island of the west coast of Scotland with activities and interests for all the family. Spend long days relaxing on clean white sandy beaches or exploring rocky coves. The island is home to an abundance of birds including corncrake’s, chough’s, golden eagles and geese to name a few. A RSPB reserve and visitor centre is located at Gruinart in the north of the island. There are fantastic shore, low level and hill walks and more challenging terrain in the form of Paps of Jura only a short ferry crossing from Port Askaig. The island is rich in history with many varied and important relics and sites located around the island including the Kildalton Cross, the ruin of Finlaggan Castle (seat and parliament of The Lord of the Isles), the round Church in Bowmore and numerous shipwreck sites, all with associated drama and folklore. The Machrie Golf Course is well known by golfers and is a classic natural links course. In Bowmore there are good shops, banks and a swimming pool (heated by surplus hot water generated at the distillery!). You will find hotels, bars and eateries around the island to sample some of the local produce. Throughout the year there are various festivals taking place around the island - Walking festival (April), Whisky festival (May), Music festival (June/July), Book and Jazz festivals (September). The isle of Islay is a tranquil, stunning and friendly island, a ’Jewel’ in the Hebridean crown.