Islay & Jura
Tarbert is 5 miles from Kenacraig, which is the ferry port to the Isle of Islay, home of some of the finest malt whiskys. Islay makes for a great day out, whether you want to follow the whisky trail and sample some of the finest malt whiskys in Scotland or just to admire the beautiful island.
Famous for itís peaty malt whisky and intriguing round church, Islay is a soft and gentle place which excudes a charm.
The Whisky Trail consists of 9 distilleries, 8 on Islay and 1 on Jura. The distilleries are Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Bruichladdich, Bowmore, Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Port Ellen, Laphroaig and Jura. Enjoy a round or two of golf if you are not distracted by the views.
From Skipness you can get a ferry to Arran, where you can go as a foot passenger on the car ferry to Lochranza and then get a bus around the island. Arran is often referred to as Scotland in Miniature.
There is a regular ferry service from Tayinloan to Gigha [meaning 'gods island'] and is easily explored on foot or on bicycle. Just over six miles long and contains many archaeological sites, including cairns, forts and standing stones. The old medieval parish church is at Kilchattan. Owned by the islanders and tended with very obvious pride, this is the place to find rare wildflowers, sub-tropical plants and one of the most beautiful gardens in Scotland thriving in a temperate climate. Irresistible beaches with pure white sands invite you to sit and relax.