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Scottish Highlands and Islands Packing List

What to Pack for Scotland’s Highlands and Islands The Scottish Highlands and Islands is one of the most magnificent places to visit on earth! But with our rugged landscapes and famously changeable Scottish weather, you might be wondering what to pack for a visit. So, here’s our list to give you a few pointers. What […]

Experience a Scottish Christmas on Islay

A Traditional Scottish Christmas December is here and we’re feeling festive at Islay Cottages. Christmas is fast approaching, a time for families and friends to unite, celebrate and reflect. We don’t think there’s anywhere better to experience a traditional Scottish Christmas than right here on our beautiful island. There’s a great sense of community and togetherness […]

Highland Cow Q&A

Here on Islay, we are no strangers to the Highland cow, a distinctive type of cattle that originated in Scotland. This hairy, horned beast can often be spotted grazing our rugged landscapes, whatever the weather. They’re a hardy breed, and they thrive where others would struggle. But they are friendly too, and popular with tourists. […]

Romantic Island Escape

♥ Romantic Breaks in Scotland – Love is in the air… Are you looking for romantic breaks in Scotland? Then why not make an adventure of it and visit the stunning island of Islay? Islay is a perfect romantic getaway, with scenery and views to set any heart fluttering! With Valentines Day just around the corner, […]

Not a Whisky Spirit

Scottish ghost stories from the island of Islay Halloween is looming and with this in mind, we thought we would look at some of our other types of spirits that inhabit this old, historical island. If you like to hear Scottish ghost stories and want to be spooked then read on and find out what […]

The Jura Music Festival

Music to your ears at the Jura Music Festival The Scottish Traditional Music Awards ‘Best Music Festivals’ nominees are ready to do it again! Having reached the top 3, being pipped to the post by Celtic Connections, the Jura Music Festival is set to host another astonishing music event this 2017! So why not start thinking about […]

5 Inspired Islay Whisky Cocktails

If there’s one thing the Queen of the Hebrides can hold claim to, it’s producing some of the world’s best Single Malt Whisky. Renowned for producing Whiskies with strong peaty tones, a trip to Islay is a Whisky connoisseur’s dream. Get ready for your next trip to the island with these 5 Inspired Islay Whisky Cocktails. […]

Creative Retreats for Writer’s Block

Dying to put pen to paper and churn out that next chapter of your debut novel? Perhaps you’ve simply had enough of your final year university dissertation. Creative retreats for writer’s block can work absolute wonders and Islay Cottages is the destination for you. Immerse Yourself in Natural Beauty Can’t quite put pen to paper? […]

The Family Guide to Islay

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 […]

Things to do in Islay with Kids

What will you get up to when you are visiting us on the island of Islay? There are plenty of things to do in Islay with the kids – whether they’re mucking about, having a great time at the beach, take them on a unforgettable adventure.   Things to do in Islay   Treat the kids […]