Things to do on Islay this Christmas

Islay is a truly magical Scottish island, and even more so at Christmas time. The streets and houses are lit with twinkling lights and all is merry and bright. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best festive things to do on Islay. We wish you a very happy Christmas and Hogmanay!

Festive things to do on Islay

From Christmas Fayres and Carol Services to Ceilidhs and other celebrations, there are many local festive things to do on Islay. Visitors to the island are welcome to come along and celebrate with us. 

There are Christmas shopping events throughout November and December on Islay, view the full line-up here. Caol Ila Distillery’s Winter Weekend. Festive events, discounts in the shop and festive drinks are on offer throughout the weekend of December 1st-3rd.

Take a look at the Islay Event Calendar for some ideas.

Festive dining

Whether you’re having a romantic dinner, getting together with a few friends, or planning an office party, the festive season is a time to feast! Join us at Peatzeria Restaurant and enjoy our delicious Christmas menu. Our Festive Feast includes a mouthwatering Christmas menu, as well as your normal favourites! Complete with Christmas cocktails to select and divine desserts. Leave your taste buds sleigh-ride delighted!

And remember, if you would rather eat our food in your pyjamas whilst cosying up by the fire, that’s cool too. Take a look at our takeaway menu!

Warm up with a whisky

At Peatzeria. we have a wide selection of whiskies to keep you warm this winter. Our island is famous for its peaty, smoky whiskies, made to warm the cockles of your heart. There are eight working distilleries here on Islay, many of which you can tour. What a great way to spend a winter morning!

Celebrate Hogmanay

Hogmanay is the Scots word for our New Year celebrations and it’s one of the best festive things to do on Islay! There’s always festive cheer and celebrations from visitors and islanders alike. Come along to Bowmore Pier at midnight, as the bells of the Round Church and a spectacular fireworks display welcome in the year 2024. The perfect way to experience a traditional Scottish Hogmanay with friends old and new!