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Islay Fly-drive

Ideal for a relaxing weekend getaway (with or without whisky!)

Just how easy is it to spend a couple of days relaxing in a lovely seafront hotel surrounded by heather-clad hills, deserted sandy beaches and numerous historical reminders of days gone by?  The answer is very.  Our Isle of Islay short break includes return flights from Glasgow to Islay, car hire and a small hotel with award-winning restaurant by the sea.  What could be simpler?  And did we mention that Islay has more whisky distilleries than any other Scottish island?

At A Glance

Best Time To Go

Feb - Nov: can make a lovely, cosy winter trip.

Why not...

ask us to pre-book a distillery tour or two for you?

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No of Nights

2 nights, including return flights from Glasgow and hire car

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Your Hotel

Based in the heart of the charming village of Bowmore – adjacent to the harbour, your recently refurbished hotel boasts stunning views across Loch Indaal towards Jura. Your hotel is ideally situated to give you the opportunity to explore this charming Hebridean island. Bowmore Distillery is just a stone’s throw away from the hotel itself – allowing you to sample the delights of this famous whisky. What’s more, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the menu in the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, incorporating seasonal dishes using locally sourced produce.

What to see and do

Once the ancestral seat of the Lords of the Isles, Islay is a fertile island of low heather-clad hills, attractive beaches, numerous historical sites and more whisky distilleries than any other Scottish island! (We can help and advise on arranging tours of any which are of interest.)

A haven for hill-walkers and bird-watchers, it is home to the huge Loch Gruinart bird sanctuary and its’ vast numbers of migrating geese.  In the island capital, Bowmore (where you will be based), you can visit the unusual Round Church (no corners for the devil to hide in!) or, if history is your thing, the Museum of Island Life in Port Charlotte is well worth a visit, as are the ruins of Finlaggan Castle, home of the Macdonald chiefs, and Kildalton Chapel with its early Christian cross.  Easily accessible for day-trips are the neighbouring islands of Jura – rugged and truly remote – and pretty Colonsay (Wednesdays only), which boasts spectacular Kiloran Bay.


Map Islay-Fly-Drive

Fly from Glasgow to Islay, where a hire car awaits you for exploring the island


£369 per person for February, March & November, £389 per person for April & October, £409 per person for May to September, based on 2 people sharing a room for 2 nights on a bed & breakfast basis. The holiday also includes return flights from Glasgow and the hire of an economy size car during your stay.

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This holiday is available from March till October, starting any day of the week apart from Saturdays.

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