Islay is known as the Queen of the Hebrides for good reason. It is a magnificent island famed for its whisky with 8 single malt distilleries nestled in secluded bays around the coast. Port Ellen is an ideal location to explore from with three of these fine establishments within walking distance and restaurants, bars, shops and amenities all a short stroll from the pontoons.
On route to Port Ellen you will sail through the spectacular South East Skerries and see the protected seal colony basking on the craggy rocks and promontories before approaching Carraig Fhada lighthouse standing sentinel on the Oa peninsula. The pontoons lie at the heart of Port Ellen village protected by a sheltered horse-shoe bay.
Local Places to Visit
Ardbeg Distillery – 01496 302 244
Lagavulin Distillery – 01496 302 400
Laphroig Distillery – 01496 302 418
Enjoy the Whisky trail covering the eight distilleries of Islay & Jura single malts. Visit the seat of The Lords of the Isles at Finlaggan and the Celtic cross of Kildalton...or why not..
Have a round of Golf at the Machrie links course. Try superb fishing opportunities or just enjoy the local fresh seafood. Visit the local RSPB sanctuary initiative or walk the trails of the Islay Access Group. The area offers easy cycling with superb scenery. Dive in safety with the local experts.
Islayinfo – Lots of useful information about the isle of Islay
Airport – Islay to Glasgow service and Islay Oban service
CalMac Ferry – Daily service to Kennacraig + Oban on Wednesday
Local Bus – An easy way to see the island
CityLink Bus – Campbeltown to Glasgow (meets most ferries at Kennacraig)