About Islay

The Isle of Islay (pronounced “eye-la”) is famous for its abundance of wildlife, beautiful scenery and several working whisky distilleries (which may be toured by appointment). There are many golden sandy beaches which rarely ever have more than a couple of people on them at any one time – ideal for getting away from it all.

Port Charlotte is easily one of the prettiest villages on the island, situated on the Rhinns of Islay which lie on the west side of the island. The village has its own post office/shop; a Field Centre, which offers a variety of activities for children based upon the bird and wildlife of Islay; the Museum of Islay Life with many fascinating exhibits; a working lighthouse which can be viewed by arrangement; there is also a well equipped play park designed and built by the local community found just outside the village at the Port Mhor Centre on the way to Portnahaven.
This charming fishing village has a pier and a small sandy beach which offers an opportunity on warmer days for safe swimming.
Dolphins can often be seen from the shore as well as the varied sea birds.
Port Charlotte offers something for young and old.