Nature Retreats to Islay

Otters on a branch on the water

So, hands up if you are fans of David Attenborough? Given the fact that Frozen planet was hitting 7.2 million viewings that will be quite a few hands in the air! How about getting in to the role and getting up close and personal with nature on an exquisite island off the west coast of Scotland? We explore the best nature retreats to Islay…


The island of Islay is famous for its wildlife and is home to many species. There are tours available on the island that will take to the many scenic places where this wildlife can be observed and you can learn a thing or two along the way.


Sea Life

If you fancy bobbing up and down on the waves and breathing in the salty sea air you can board a boat and prepare to be entertained by the surrounding wildlife. From the cute puppy eyed seals, huge basking sharks and friendly dolphins you are sure to be dazzled and bank a day into the lifetime memory bank!


Dry Land

Of course you do not have to board a boat to observe much of Islay’s wildlife. You can see much of what is on offer on foot on dry land. Seals can be observed along coastal routs or if you venture inland you can stumble upon an otter near a river, or deer trotting across moorland. You may if you are lucky even spot the occasional hare darting across the heather.


Feathered Friends


Islay is spoilt for choice when it comes to birds and many species can be spotted from any part of the island you visit. Geese and a variety of ducks can be seen bobbing and splashing in the waters of Islay while raptors such as the Golden Eagle and buzzards can be spotted gliding the skies whilst hunting out their next feed!


Nature Breaks to Islay


Whatever it is you want to see you can be sure to have a story to tell about what you saw! Nature breaks to Islay are a memory to treasure. Check out our Islay Sea Adventure Break to start the first chapter!