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Whisky endeavour on Islay

The environment of Islay – a Hebridean island that is regularly blasted by stiff Atlantic gales – has served its single-malt whisky industry well over the years, with an abundance of peat for its distilleries and a sufficiently remote location to deter customs officers from visiting (historically, at least). Those who can make it there this May should raise a glass to the island’s famous export at the Islay Festival of Music & Malt. A week-long celebration, blending everything from gigs to Gaelic lessons, the festival’s focal point is a programme of tastings and open days centred on Islay’s eight working distilleries.

Picture Credit: Roderick Field

How do I make it happen?
  • The Islay Festival of Music and Malt runs from 25 May to 3 June. Guests include Scottish poet Liz Lochhead and traditional storyteller Jess Smith (theislayfestival.co.uk).
  • Flybe operates flights to Islay from Glasgow (from £95; flybe.com), while Cal Mac ferries sail to Islay from Kennacraig on the Scottish mainland (from £110 per car or £20 per adult passenger; calmac.co.uk). Kintra Farm is a farmhouse b&b by a spectacular beach on the island’s southern coast (from £70; kintrafarm.co.uk).
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