What to do on Islay

Islay has something for everyone: from miles of sandy beaches to eight whisky distillieries.

You can do as little or as much as you like on Islay. There are eight Malt Whisky distilleries to visit, day trips to the islands of Jura or Colonsay, sea and loch fishing, watersports, birdwatching, golf, shooting or stalking, and traditional craft shops to enjoy. The island is also rich in archaeological history, and was once the headquarters of the Lords of the Isles.

We have miles and miles of sandy beaches, many of which are suitable for swimming in the warmer summer months. Portnahaven bay is only a few minutes drive from the house and is perfect for a brisk dip! The bay is also home to a local population of Common and Grey seals.

But if you'd rather take life at an easier pace, why not relax in one of the quiet pubs and sample your Malt from the comfort of an armchair by the fire.

Easter Ellister estate is abundant with birdlife and more than 125 species have been recorded around the farmhouse alone, including the rare Chough (there are 180 bird species on the Island). Wintering Barnacle and White-front geese regularly occupy the farmland in front of the house. Guests are welcome to enjoy walks around the estate but we careful of the animals. It is best to speak to our farm manager Gilbert MacLellan during your stay to check which fields you can access.

There is a tourist information folder in the house with up to date leaflets. You may also want to visit the Tourist Information office in Bowmore for more information or visit www.islayinfo.com for a fantastic resource of things to do and points of contact.