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What to bring on your holidays in Islay, Scotland

if this is your first time visiting Islay then you might be wondering exactly what you can expect when you get to the island. What should you pack for Islay? What do you need to know?

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How to deal with Scottish midges

If you are considering a trip to Islay in summer, please don’t let midges put you off. These wee beasties have been chomping at us for thousands of years, and we can happily enjoy our beautiful island year-round – so can you!

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Lagavulin Bay and Dunyvaig Castle on the coastline of Islay

Islay Festival Fèis Ìle 2022

The Islay Festival (Fèis Ìle in Gaelic) is our island’s festival of whisky, music and culture. It takes place annually during the last week of May…

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Things to do this Easter on Islay

Easter holidays in Scotland are coming soon. So why not visit Islay? There are many things to do here over the bank holiday weekend …

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Walk Islay Week 2020

Are you a keen walker? Or maybe you like the idea of dusting off your walking boots and heading to the great outdoors after a long and chilly winter? With Spring around the corner so is this year’s wonderful Walk Islay week!

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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.

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Jazz Things Up 2019

Here on Islay, we boast some of the best music festivals in Scotland. Lose yourself in our stunning surroundings while listening to some of the best talents around at our two music festivals this September.

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Cantilena Music Festival 2019

Every July, the Cantilena Festival celebrates chamber music with the people of Islay, here in the Hebrides of Scotland. Cantilena began life in 1970 as a musical ensemble, formed by cellist and conductor Adrian Shepherd.

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Islay Beach Rugby 2019

This June we see the return of the Islay Beach Rugby tournament, one of our favourite local Islay events! Eighteen teams will compete on Port Ellen beach on Saturday 8th June 2019, fighting it out to become this year’s champions.

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Islay Gin to try with your Pizza

We’ve all heard of Islay whisky, but did you know Islay gin was a big deal too? So, if you’re popping in to Peatzeria for lunch or dinner, why not try a gin with your pizza?

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