There are a whole host of web-sites devoted to Islay, some of the following may help you to plan your trip or for further information.

The Islay Festival is the last week of May; whiskey, music, distilleries, food & a good time had by all.

Walk Islay is a marvellous opportunity mid-April to walk different parts of the island

The Islay Jazz Festival - mid-September, spread over 3 days with venues all over the island

Machrie Golf is a must for golfers and reputed to be within the top 25 courses in Scotland

Port Ellen Angling Club offer angling news and reports from the island or click here for a round up on both fresh and seawater fishing on Islay

Horse Riding can be arranged with Ballivicar Farm just a 5 minute drive from Cairn Cottage (book well in advance though) or alternatively you can ride at Rockside Farm, which is next to Kilchoman Distillery

Cycle Hire in Port Ellen

The Mactaggart Community Cybercafe in Port Ellen offers cafe and bistro style menus, pool and snooker plus computer and internet facilities

The Islay Hotel offers a wide bar and restaurant menu in comfortable surroundings

SeaSalt Bistro offers a great range of food from pizza & pasta to seafood & steak, for eat-in or takeaway

Indoor Swimming at The Mactaggart Leisure Centre in Bowmore

Mens and Womens Beach Rugby Tournament - normally one Saturday in mid-June.

Islay Car Hire or D & N MacKenzie - car hire

Caledonian MacBryne - ferry timetables from Kennacraig to Port Askaig and Port Ellen.

Finlaggan was the seat of the Lord of the Isles and definately worth a trip for the stunning scenery.

RSPB Loch Gruniart and The Oa - both bird watchers' paradises

The Illeach - the Islay newspaper

Islay Info - a great all round website for information and events on the island  Islay Blog

Visit Islay Jura - informative website for both islands

Discover Islay - an easy to use website to introduce you to Islay

Armin Grewe - a more personal website devoted to Islay; download as a pdf the Islay Guide

Distilleries - links to each of the islands eight Distillery websites
Ardbeg
Bowmore
Bruichladdich
Bunnahabhain
Caol Ila
Lagavulin
Laphroaig
Kilchoman

Please do let us know if you come across other sites which other visitors to the island would find useful.