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Islay Local Area

Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of the Scottish mainland. It is best known as a producer of single malt whisky, but it has much more to offer. From stunning scenery to sports and heritage to fine dining, Islay has something for everyone. We have listed some of things to do and see below.



There are eight single malt distilleries on Islay, and all of them are distinct in their character. You can take a tour to see first hand how whisky is made, buy a bottle or two to take home, and even try some samples whilst you are there. The distilleries are housed in some beautiful buildings, and offer stunning sea views.

And lest we forget, there is one more distillery on the Isle of Jura, a short ferry trip away from Port Askaig.



The Machrie Golf Links is a beautiful 18 hole course on the east coast of Loch Indaal. Perfect for golfers who love a challenge. Laid out in 1890 by Willie Campbell, some 12 years after the school was built, and his original design remains relatively untouched. 


The Islay Woollen Mill

The Islay Woollen Mill opened in 1883, only a few years after Portnahaven Primary School. It is still going strong today under its present owners, Gordon and Shiela. The mill uses historical equipment that can be seen in action, albeit with modern motors. The mill is best known for designing and producing the costumes for Braveheart. All of the curtains in Portnahaven Primary School are made from tweed produced at the mill. The mill sells cloth cut to measure, suits, scarves, throws and hats, as well as souvenirs. It is well worth a visit.


Islay Ales

Despite being best known for whisky, Islay has its very own artisan brewery, producing real ales since 2004. With a range of beers on offer to suit all tastes, they offer you a taste before you buy. Islay Ales are widely sold on the Island and are not to be missed. 

Other activities

There are countless other things going on in Islay, here is a small list of the various activities available below.

  • Cycling 
  • Pony Treking
  • Hillwalking
  • Fishing
  • Shooting 
  • Sailing 
  • Sea Adventures (Including seal spotting)


From our school you can take a stroll down to the coast and bid good morning to the local seals who congregate in the harbour. When in need of a refreshment pop into_______ the local pub where you can chat with Bobby who was in charge of our renovation. 


Follow these links for more information.


  • Distillery
  • Islay Woollen Mill