Go Islay,News and events

Self-catering holiday cottage in Lagavulin

Hi, we are getting a few bookings for 2016 but we still have a few weeks left in the Summer, if you want to check out our calendar.
We also have some availability left this year in October, November and Christmas and New Year still free. For those interested in birdwatching on Islay, there is plenty [...]

The Islay Half Marathon 2015

The 2015 Islay Half-Marathon will be taking place on Saturday 1st August, 2015. Entry forms are now available to download from the website:

The 13 mile 192yd run starts from Bowmore, goes out to Islay’s airport at Glenegedale and takes a circular route back to Bowmore. For more details on the route, entry and previous years, [...]

The Islay Festival of Malt & Music 2016

Feis Ile, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music. The 2016 Islay Festival will run from Friday 20th May – Sat 28th May 2016.
This really is one of the best weeks you can have on Islay. Read more about the festival, related Islay events and see some photos from recent years on the festival’s website:

Islay Jazz Festival 2015

The 2015 Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival will run from 11th to 13th of September. We have had great reviews from those who have visited in previous years. Find out more and read reviews of last year’s event at:

Walk Islay Week 2016

Walk Islay week takes place from 10th to 15th April in 2016. Although we aren’t always able to join because of the whippets, we have tagged along on the Colonsay ferry, met the RSPB guided walking party and enjoyed a great trek out from Colonsay to Oronsay.
Whatever the weather brings, we are sure the walking [...]

From skiing in Courchevel to Hebridean holidays – it’s a small world

Team GoIslay recently returned from a week skiing in Courchevel. Our thoughts are never really far from Islay holidays to be honest, so we were pleasantly surprised when we met our ski instructor for the week, Ben Brierley. It turned out that Ben, when he’s not patiently coaxing people through the three valleys, helps to [...]

Bird watching on Islay (and a few other activities…)

We have just got back from the best week on Islay, where the weather was gorgeous, the locals hospitable and the whisky fine. Highlights of the week included kayaking in the shimmering waters of Claggan Bay, fishing for pollock off Ardbeg pier, bodyboarding on the Big Strand and running with the dogs on the [...]

Surfing on Islay – the magic of the Big Strand

The Financial Times Weekend section has a great article about surfing on Islay by Henry Shukman. The full Goislay team will be body boarding on the Big Strand in a couple of weeks but this article captures the experience and the joys of Islay itself quite beautifully.
Read it here:

Cycling on Islay – Ardbeg travels well

Check out one of the younger members of the goislay team, Sam Drake, proudly sporting the colours of Ardbeg at the Manchester velodrome recently. Wearing one of the rather special Ardbeg single malt cycle jerseys, Sam rode the track dreaming of his upcoming holiday on Islay.
Thanks to the velo club d’ardbeg for Sam’s 15 minutes [...]

Ardbeg gourmet cycle ride

Graham Obree to be the special guest at the Ardbeg gourmet 90k cycle ride on 19th June.
Read more here: http://forargyll.com/2010/03/ardbeg-gourmet-ride-graeme-obree-only-on-islay/