The rugged beauty of the isles of Islay and Jura has to be experienced to be believed. The beaches are some of the best in the world, and the drama of the landscape is plain to see in any weather.

The islands have been important in Scottish history throughout the centuries, evidence of which can be seen and felt by exploring various sites of national and international significance.

There's no escaping the islands' central place in the world of whisky, too, although there is plenty for non-drinkers and non-whisky fans to see, do and explore as well. Currently Islay has 9 working whisky distilleries, with more in the pipeline, and Jura has one whisky distillery and one gin distillery.

The islands are friendly and welcoming to visitors, with a strong sense of community. The "Islay wave" when passing cars on the roads is just one way you'll be made to feel like you've always belonged here.

Whisky
Whisky

Islay currently has 9 working whisky distilleries and more are planned in the near future. Aptly-named "the whisky isle", the peaty produce of Islay has worldwide acclaim, and can be …

Scenery & wildlife
Scenery & wildlife

The beaches and scenery of Islay and Jura are simply breathtaking. From Islay's aptly-named 'Big Strand' to more out-of-the-way stretches like Ardnave and Killinallan, it's worth working your way around …

History
History

There's evidence of human presence on Islay and Jura as far back as 10,000BC, and various archaeological finds and structures including brochs, crannogs and cairns tell us a little about …

Food
Food

As perhaps expected on islands surrounded by the sea, fish and seafood are the stars of the show when it comes to the Islay and Jura food scene, but the …

Getting to Islay & Jura
Getting to Islay & Jura

Islay is accessed by Caledonian MacBrayne ferries from Kennacraig on the Kintyre peninsula, in a journey taking around 2.5hrs. The ferries run to either Port Ellen in the south or …

Arts & crafts
Arts & crafts

Inspired by such beautiful surroundings, it's easy to see why creativity might flow particularly easily on the islands of Islay and Jura. Take your time to drop in on the …

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