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Islay and Kintyre

We will be spending a couple of weeks in early September on Islay & Kintyre and are  looking for any recommendations  on things to do or see that may not be on the normal tourist itinerary. We are seniors so nothing particularly strenuous, but enjoy wildlife, history and appreciate the scenery. Thanks for any suggestions


  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2017
    Hi @Dav1d lucky you - Kintyre is beautiful and Islay holds a special place in my heart.  It's an absolute gem. 

    The obvious choice on the island is to take in a distillery tour or three! If you're not a whisky fan Bruichladdich do an amazing gin called The Botanist, you need to try it.

    Islay has lots of lovely beaches and coves Saligo Bay,  Machir Bay and Singing Sands are all worth visiting. Singing Sands can be combined with a trip to Mull of Oa to see the American Monument.  You'll also see lots of Highland Cattle and maybe even some hares too. 

    Finlaggan is the ancient seat of the Lords of the Isles.  It's an area of outstanding natural beauty and a fascinating place too. 

    I can thoroughly recommend the Bridgend Hotel in Bridgend.  The food is fantastic. They serve lunch and evening meals. 

    Kildalton is special and not to be missed.  There's a ruined medieval chapel and an intricately carved cross.  They also have some really well preseved medieval knight grave slabs in the churchyard.  If you're lucky when you vidit you'll find an honesty table with fresh tea, coffee and home-made cake.  Its like an oasis in the desert. 

    Visit the round church in Bowmore.  It's round so the devil can't hide in any corners.  Also in Bowmore is a wonderful shop called Sprited Soap that makes amazing soaps, shower gels etc. 

    I'd thoroughly recommend the short boat trip across to Jura.  It's beautiful and an unspoiled wilderness. Orwell wrote 1984 on the island. You'll see loads of majestic deer roaming free - a real treat. 

    Enjoy, it's been a few years since I visited now and I can't wait to return next year. 

  • Dav1dDav1d Member
    Hi Samantha
    Distillery already pencilled in though I was unaware of the gin connection.
    Jura and the Singing Sands are certainly on our plans and Kildalton, Finlaggan & Mull of Oa are as well now. My wife is already a fan of local soaps with seem very popular on Scottish Isles so we will no doubt be spiriting some soap away on this trip.
    Thanks for the recommendations, we have been to many Scottish Isles so Islay has a lot to live up to and from what you say it probably will

  • KrystleKrystle Member ✭✭
    I am going to praise the effort of all of you members for sharing really a nice nad interesting stuff here about the ISLAY AND KINTYRE. It is really useful for me and hope will see more sharing like this here in future. 
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