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  • Caledonian MacBrayne operates a ferry service between Kennacraig and Port Ellen or Port Askaig on the island. The timetables for this and all other services are available online. Also provided is a rather nice route map showing where the ferry docks and the roads on Islay. It is strongly recommended that you book your ferry in advance by calling +44 (0)8000 665000.
  • Flybe flies from Glasgow airport to Glenegedale, Islay's airport, just over five miles from Bowmore. Flight time is around 30 minutes. Timetables for these and other flights are available online or you can call British Airways Reservations on +44 (0)1496 302022.
  • Scottish Citylink operates a bus service from Buchanan Street in Glasgow to Kennacraig, leaving Glasgow at 9.00am and 1.30pm and arriving in time for the ferry crossing at 1.00pm and 6.00pm respectively. Enquiries +44 (0) 8705 505050.
  • Fiona Doyle runs Loch Gorm House, a five-star luxury guesthouse near the village of Bruichladdich featuring superb sea views over Loch Indaal.
  • The Port Charlotte Hotel provides first-class accommodation and dining within with high-class modern facilities the delightful village of Port Charlotte.
  • The Machrie Hotel boasts a championship golf course, providing a challenge to players of all abilities.
  • A listing of the very best of self-catering, guesthouse and bed and breakfast accommodation on Islay can be found on the Islay Self Catering website.
  • There are eight whisky distilleries on Islay. Those with websites are found at Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Kilchoman and Laphroaig. Also worth visiting is the Isle of Jura distillery.
  • Diageo runs the Malts.com and the Discovering Distilleries websites, the latter of which features the Caol Ila and Lagavulin distilleries.
  • Ron Steenvoorden runs the astoundingly comprehensive Islay Info website, which is recommended reading for any visitor to Islay.
  • An excellent source of information is The Ileach, Islay's local newspaper, which is regularly updated.
  • The www.isle-of-islay.com website (run by the Islay Jura Marketing Board) contains a good selection of links to resources about Islay.
  • Jeremy Hastings of Islay Birding offers birdwatching tours and his website features an exhaustive list of birds that can be found on Islay along with the latest birding news.

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