Islay and The Oa Peninsula

Bowmore Round Church

The Isle of Islay offers the visitor a peaceful and relaxing holiday with miles of beautiful beaches, magnificent bays on Islay’s Atlantic west coast and stunning views.

In Bowmore, the centre of Islay, is Bowmore Distillery which also warms the neighbouring Swimming Pool. Bowmore is also known for the Round Church which stands at the top of Main Street, overlooking the village. Further afield from Bowmore are Bruichladdich, Kilchoman, Caol Ila and Bunnahabhain Distilleries. Close to Ineraval are the Southern distilleries of Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig, connected with Port Ellen through the newly built footpath.

A little further afield is the famous golf links at Machrie, where visitors are welcome. Islay is also renowned for its huge variety of birds and wildlife and is home to the RSPB at Loch Gruinart which includes a worthy visitors centre. There is also an RSPB nature reserve on the Oa near the American Monument. In the season the RSPB offers weekly walks on the Oa and often Eagles and other wildlife is spotted.

American Monument

The Oa peninsula, where Ineraval Farmhouse is situated, is an amazing area which once was home to hundreds of people. Many ruined houses and farmsteads can be found in the wild landscape, the remnants of past generations who lived here. At the end of the road on the Oa is the American Monument, high on a cliff, built by the American Red Cross, commemorating the soldiers who lost their lives during a terrible tragedy in WW1. A circular one hour walk to the monument and over the cliffs is a must for all visitors.

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