The Scottish Hebrides are getting ready for one of their biggest events of the year - the Islay Festival of Music and Malt. Kicking off on 24th May and running through to 1st June, the festival is now in its 30th year, so clearly the organisers are doing something right!
The Island’s distilleries hold open days during the festival, though you would need a stout constitution to get round all 10 of them (oh, and there are two gin producers as well in case you’re still thirsty). Alongside household names like Laphroaig you’ll find less well-known producers like Bunnahabhain and Ardnahoe in this important and historic whisky-producing region.
The distillery open-days are accompanied by a full programme of entertainment, including music, dance, arts and crafts, boat trips and copious amounts of local food. Music will also be on offer at several of the island’s halls and hotels, along with a ceilidh or two.
For a full programme of events and a guide to the festival, go to: