The Family Guide to Islay

Horses and riders on a beach

The summer holidays are upon us, so what have you got planned to keep the little monkeys entertained now that their teachers are on a well earned break? More importantly, how are you going to entertain yourself as well – tickle two birds with one activity? Well here on Islay we have plenty of solutions to this. So lets take a look at what is on offer.

Outdoor Family Activities on Islay

Well you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to a natural playground for both generations! Islay boasts more than 20 beautiful beaches around its coastline. Often you can have these beaches all to yourselves too. And what parents can’t resist building sandcastle or burying hubby of wife in the sand to the laughter of the mini me’s? Learning can continue for all when you adopt the character of David Attenborough and explore the ample rock pools that crawl with sea life! Who can spot the hermit crab, tickle the sea anemone or find the winkles under the seaweed?

What about some Cowboys and Indians? Well we can provide the gee gees (horses / ponies) you provide the imagination and off we trot…..! It is truly fantastic and fun way to see the stunning scenery here on Islay that unfolds itself around on every turn.

Indoor Family Activities on Islay

Now lets face it…. It is Scotland and it every so often drops wet stuff from the sky! However, you may not mind getting wet but would prefer the wet to be warm so fear not we have our very own swimming pool in Bowmore right next door to the distillery- so parents you could stop for a ‘wee dram’ after!

So it is too wet to be outdoors with the wildlife…. Well how about being with it indoors with it at the Islay National History Trust in Port Charlotte? Here you can get up close and friendly with our resident sea creatures who inhabit our touch tank aquariums. There is also a large laboratory with fun things to do including learning to use a microscope and dissecting owl pellets.

So whatever the weather you are guaranteed to find enjoyable things to do as family here on Islay. Here at Islay Cottages we provide fabulous and cosy accommodation from a large traditional house to quaint and homely cottages where you can snuggle up in the evening after an exhilarating day of play! Book direct for best rates guaranteed! We look forward to welcoming you!