The ideal location for a secluded holiday and an escape from the stresses of the daily grind, this peaceful Scottish island – known as "The Queen of the Hebrides" – is surrounded by beautiful jewel-like seas, untouched wildlife and plenty to do. As an ideal location for bird watching and with eight world famous distilleries on the island to sample, holidays in Islay are a must for anyone looking to just kick back, relax and take it easy. Start planning your trip by using the 'Book Now' tool on this page.
With incredible scenes viewable from anywhere on the island and possessing a vibrant history – traces of which still remain on the island – there is plenty to take in when on Islay holidays. On the island you'll be able to find the Cultoon stone circle – a remnant of settlers form the early Bronze Age. After this the island became the main seat of power in west Scotland and gained the title as the home of the Lords of the Isles, whose settlements you can still catch still glimpse in the remains at Finlaggan. The Kidalton High Cross is also worth making a trip to see as the last complete ringed Celtic cross in Scotland.
For more naturally formed sights you might want to check out Saligo Bay. It's common knowledge amongst locals that the bay offers up the most beautiful sunsets in Scotland and generally stunning views across fine sands and deep blue waters. Meanwhile, the nearby island of Jura offers impressive views from the tops of the Paps of Jura – three mountains located on the west side of the island.
If you're looking for Islay holidays you'll definitely want to consider a visit to some of the island's famous distilleries. As one of just five protected distilling regions in Scotland and with eight distilleries on the island, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing where to go. Most boast tours, visitor centres and shops, so you can sample some of the best whisky in the world, with Islay's in particular being noted for its strong peaty flavour and intense taste.
Holidays in Islay are also popular because of the diverse wildlife residing on the island. As well as the various types of deer and whales that can be spotted on Islay holidays, the island is particularly well-known for being a favourite amongst bird watchers. With a little patience and a pair of binoculars you'll be likely to catch a glimpse of Canada Geese, Eider Duck, Golden Eagles and the recently re-introduced White-tailed Sea Eagle. Reason enough to use the 'Book Now' tool on this page to start arranging your flights with Flybe.