Enjoy the beautiful Island of Islay
For those wishing to explore and experience life of the West coast of Scotland, why not consider the island of Islay which is the most southerly of the Inner Hebrides. The island which is easily accessible by road and by plane, boasts 130 miles of unspoilt coastline with a seemingly endless choice and variety of coastal scenery. There are small, enclosed sandy beaches, expansive strands of white sand, massive cliffs, and rocky pools. Islay’s climate is surprisingly warm because of the Gulf Stream and its weather is pleasant and sunny, more often than you might expect!
Bird life– the location and scenery make Islay a sanctuary for bird-life. Any twitchers, no matter what age, will be amazed by the varieties found on this Scottish island. The famous barnacle geese, coughs, oyster catchers, herons, curlews and lapwings are all around and there is even the chance of spotting an eagle or a hen harrier. In addition to the birds, seals can be found in many areas of the island and otter sightings are not unusual.
Whisky– Islay has 8 working distilleries – all of which are known around the world. Each of the distilleries welcomes visitors and whisky-lovers travel from far and wide to enjoy the Islay experience – especially during the annual Whisky Festival at the end of May.
Golfers– Islay has a hidden gem – The Machrie Golf Links. This is an 18 hole championship course which is of a standard second to none. You’ll enjoy challenging holes and breath-taking views over this Scottish island’s countryside.
Fishing – there is the chance of both sea and loch fishing.
History of Islay– Islay’s history is fascinating and can be seen at the island’s museum, additionally there is the breath-taking Kildalton Cross (850AD), and Finlaggan – the ancient home of McDonald – Lord of the Isles.
But, if you simply want to relax, then Islay’s sheer beauty will enchant and refresh you. Visiting the charming villages of Port Charlotte, Portnahaven, and Bridgend will reward you with a reminder of how beautiful the Scottish islands are.
If you are looking for a luxurious holiday cottage on Islay, look no further than 26 Shore Street, Bowmore. It is a renovated and extended turn-of-the-century house. From the outside it looks like a traditional, whitewashed cottage but inside it is a self catering property which provides you with a very comfortable holiday let.
Why don’t you find out if there is late availability on Islay for the Summer 2010 or space further on the year?