Islay, the Queen of the Inner Hebrides

20 March 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Sustainability Reading Time:  7 minutes

Distilleries Islay map © Balgair

Distilleries Islay map © Balgair

Islay, a Scottish island, known as “The Queen of the Hebrides” (Banrìgh nan Eilean), is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides. It lies in Argyll just west of Jura and around 25 miles (40 km) north of the Irish coast and Rathlin Island, which can be seen on a clear day. In Gaelic a native of Islay is called an Ìleach, pronounced [ˈiːləx], and the plural is Ìlich: Scottish Gaelic is spoken by about a third of the population. The island’s capital is Bowmore where the distinctive round Kilarrow Parish Church and a distillery is located. Port Ellen is the next largest settlement and main port.   read more…

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