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Use the links further down this page to go to each individual attraction's website.

Machir Bay



Islay is the southern most of the Inner Hebrides, is known as ‘The Queen of the Hebrides’ and is around 20 miles wide by 25 miles long with over 130 miles of unspoilt coastline. The islands landscape is made up of lochs, moors, sandy beaches, wild and rocky cliffs, all of which give some truly stunning scenery. 

Ardbeg Distillery


Although Islay is probably best known for it’s 8 whisky distilleries, one of them now producing gin!, its ancient and mysterious history as well as it’s natural history come in a close second.

Kildalton Cross





The medieval capital of the Hebrides was on the shores of Loch Finlaggan where the Lord of the Isles had his settlements from the 12th to the 16th centuries. 

Islay and what to do while you are here.

Highland cattle at Sanaigmore





If you’re interested in one of the following then you’re coming to the right place!!






Wildlife, bird-watching, natural history, cycling, walking, hiking, surfing, bowling, horse riding, golf, swimming, beaches, exploring, stalking, shooting, fishing, doing nothing, real ales, gin and whisky!

Use the links below to find out more about Islay's attractions.

(Go to the Whisky page for distillery website links)

Barnacle geese at Bridgend


RSPB - Loch Gruinart The Oa

Bird Watching - On Islay Tours

General - Islay Natural History Trust



Golf - Islay Golf Club

Cycling - On Islay Bike Hire

Fishing - On Islay

Shooting/Hunting - Arranged hunting and shooting

Walking - On Islay

Surfing - Islay Beaches

Bowling - Bridgend/Port Ellen

Horse Riding - Rockside Farm Balivicar Farm

Swimming - McTaggart Leisure Centre


Museums and History:

Ancient history of Islay - Finlaggan

History of Islay - Museum of Islay life

General Islay history - Islayinfo

Genealogy - Islay and Jura

Gruinart from Kilnave chapel




Tours and Taxis:

Rhinns area - Taxi Hire

Bruichladdich - Taxi Hire

Port Ellen - Tours and taxis

Boat trips - Seafari

Guided Tours - The Lady of the Isles

Customised Tours - Wild and Magic Islay

Port Askaig



Other Islay Websites of Use:

Newspaper - The Ileach

Islay Information - Islayinfo Islay Info Web Portal

Tourist Information - Bowmore Office

Sheep at Kintra

Translate Site

Website Translation Widget

Contact The Island Bear

The Island Bear is centrally located in Bowmore, just off the main square in Shore Street (A486).


Parking is available on the street directly across from The Island Bear or in the Main Square carpark just around the corner.


From the bus stop opposite the Co-op in Bowmore walk down the hill and around the corner to your right.  The Island Bear is on your immediate right.


Bowmore is midway between the ferry terminals of Port Askaig on the east coast and Port Ellen on the south coast.  It is around an 11 mile journey to each.


The airport is situated around 8 miles to the south of Bowmore.


SATNAV: Postcode - PA43 7LB

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The Island Bear Bed and Breakfast

Shore Street


Isle of Islay


PA43 7LB





+44(0)1496 301462


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