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ISLANDHOPPING

Islay

ISLAY is called the Queen of the Hebrides. And no wonderwith a surfeit of whisky distilleries, incredible wildlife, warm hospitality and amazing scenery, Islay is a top rate holiday destination.

The gentlest and most southerly of the Inner Hebrides, Islay is covered in peat, a vital component in the production of the single malt whiskies for which it is best known.

The island has eight working distilleries and the journey between them doubles as a discovery route of its highlights – from the towns of Port Ellen and Bowmore, to Caol Ila, with views across to Jura, and the sandy Machir Bay, near Kilchoman.

It is worth looking upwards and out to sea as well as into your glass, because there is as much variety to Islay’s wildlife as to its single malts. The island boasts over 250 species of bird, including the rare blackbird-like chough, and it is an important wintering ground for barnacle and white-fronted geese.

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