Enjoy Islay Events in 2022

What’s on in 2022?

2022 on Islay is shaping up to be a year of fantastic events. We can go out and enjoy this beautiful island again together. So for lovers of Islay culture, check out what’s in store and the best time for you to visit to find your perfect Islay events this year. 

Islay Festival Fèis Ìle 

We’re so excited that the Islay Festival Fèis Ìle is returning from Friday the 27th of May until Saturday the 4th of June. The Fèis Ìle – or Islay Festival – is ten days of celebrating the island’s spirit, culture and whisky. So for those who come to Islay for the stunning scenery, the beautiful wildlife or the delicious whisky, this is an ideal time to come again and celebrate this island with like-minded fun-lovers!

A man in shorts and red top running a fell race.

Islay Half Marathon

On the 6th of August, after some time away, the Islay half marathon will return. We’re delighted at this because it has been running (pun absolutely intended) since 1986 and is a bit of an institution now. It’s a total of 13 miles and 192 yards in total, from Bowmore to the airport and back. 

What this marathon offers that no other does is some of the most stunning scenery in the world. Views out over the water, serene countryside and a friendly atmosphere for beginners and regular runners marks this run out amongst all others. 

Isle of Jura Fell Race

On our neighbouring island, Jura, we are happy to see that the Fell Race is back. This definitely isn’t something for novice runners! It is a run over 7 summits, totalling 2,370m of climbing, 28km and only 200 places. If you want to do it, book well in advance! There are scree slopes to run up and high ridges to traverse. The views can be majestic, but even on days when the weather isn’t perfect, it’s a terrific run. 

YOung people reading books lean against a wall.

Colonsay Book Festival

If you fancy doing a bit of island hopping, then paying a visit to Colonsay might be on your itinerary. If you are a book hound, then visiting on the 30th April or 1st May might be a good idea, as that’s when the Colonsay Book Festival is happening. 

This is their 9th book festival and grows in popularity each year. In 2022, authors such as Catherine Brown, John D. Burns and Sunday Times bestselling author Alex Gray are due to be in attendance. You don’t need an excuse to visit our beautiful neighbouring island but if you are looking for one, this is it!

A dram of whisky sits on a rock in the sea.

Islay Music Festivals

And if you prefer dancing to relaxing with a good book, then join us for the Jura Music Festival. Just a short ferry ride away this famous little island comes to life for a weekend of foot-stomping and highland flinging to some traditional Scottish Music. We are still awaiting dates, but a little bird has told us that it will be going ahead this year! As well as wonderful music, they rung some fun workshops and give an introduction to new talent up and coming. Plus, a super fun ceilidh not to be missed.

Or, if you want your music a little more laid back, then join us for the Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival. Set across multiple venues on Islay, you can sit back and relax to a list of international jazz musicians.

More Islay events in 2022

Given the uncertain nature of events in these times, some may still be cancelled, and others may be announced. It’s always best to check in with the event organisers before booking anything, just to make sure. And also have a look at Islay events pages which detail some of the events that have regularly taken place in the past and (we hope!) will come back again alive and kicking in 2022 and beyond. If you are hoping to stay with us for any Islay events, be sure to book our cottages well in advance so you are not disappointed. And also remember to visit Peatzeria to really make the most of your stay here! Book your festival accommodation at our sister company Islay Cottages. And be sure to pop in for a great bite from our delicious menu!