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Visiting Glasgow to Isle of Islay

John21John21 Member
edited January 2017 in Planning and Practicalities
I will be in Glasgow June 10 for a few nights then a circuitous trip to Isle of Islay and back. I think I may rent a vehicle.
Suggestions on travel and places to see. 


  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    Hey @John21 Islay is a beautiful place to spend a few days in but the main event is the whisky & its distilleries. Here are a few things I recommend based on experience

    - Walk the coastal path from Ardbeg - Lagavulin - Laphroid if the weather's nice
    - Base yourself in Bowmore as its the most central public transport hub for the day or two spent sampling whisky. Its quite possible to see multiple distilleries using buses in a single day but you need to return by 6 PM. Basing yourself at Bowmore keeps the party going :wink:
    - Visit the Machir bay, its a very pretty beach. Also visit Portnahaven for beautiful coastal views.
    - Hop on to the nearby Isle of Jura, its biggest standing stone is really wild & unique plus lots of hiking around.
    - One thing I missed out on was a boat trip near the Corryvreckan whirlpool. I'll have to return for what I think may be a big adventure.

    May I also suggest going in via the normal route (Kennacraig ferry terminal via Argyll forest) and coming back either via Arran (Islay - Kennacraig ferry - Claonaig ferry - Lochranza, I loved this detour) or Oban (wednesday ferry). Hope this helps.
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  • YourScotlandTourYourScotlandTour Member ✭✭✭
    Once you've got to Islay you won't need the car. Drink drive limit here is very low.

    Booking on a tour or using public transport to get north would probably be a good way forward, unless you have a specific desire to drive
    Bespoke tours.
    Whisky, Castles and Food a speciality.
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