Islay (Gaelic Ìle, say "eye-la") is an island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, famed for its collection of big name whisky distilleries - nine at the latest count and more coming. Islay is mostly low-lying, with Port Ellen and Bowmore its two main settlements. It's exposed to the Atlantic, with a mild climate and strong breezes, which help keep the midges at bay. In winter, fierce gales and storms are common, with disruption of transport.
You have to travel via Islay to reach the nearby Isle of Jura.
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