Learn about whisky distilling in Islay.

Islay Coastal Walk 

Enjoy a walk starting from Port Ellen, admire the stunning coastal views along the way to the Distilleries.

Included in your cruise
  • Visit distilleries.
  • Admire stunning Coastal Views.
  • Gifts Shops at Port Ellen.
  • Dunyvaig Castle.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Moderate - some mobility needed

  • Duration

    3h

  • Max. passengers

    100

  • Booking code

    INCL-ISY1

  • Notices

    Appropriate warm waterproof clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

Starting from Port Ellen, the second largest town on Islay,  which was built around Leodamais Bay was founded in 1821 by Walter Frederick Campbell, and named after his wife Ellinor or Eleanor, later shortened to Port Ellen. The walks starts here and follows the shore  with some of Islay’s most famous distilleries along the route.   

Keep on eye out for The Port Ellen distillery at the west side is now a grain maltings serving most of the other distilleries on the island. Explore the seafront and head out of Port Ellen.   

Admire the stunning coastal views as the route passes inlet at Sròn Dubh. Make a brief detour and visit the MacDougall monument, atop a grassy mound overlooking the sea.   

First of the distilleries comes into the view now, Laphraoig is renowned as one of the peatiest of whiskies and revels in its marmite status - loved by some, loathed by others, shortly followed by Lagavulin Distillery. Another legendary place for lovers of peaty malts, and is one of the oldest established distilleries on Islay - distilling was carried on this spot much further back than when it became a legal distillery in 1816.  

Follow the pathway to the shore to explore Dunyvaig Castle, which stands on a rocky promontory jutting into Lagavulin Bay. The castle was built on the site of an earlier Iron Age fort, on a plug of rock. Over the centuries Dunyvaig was held by the MacDonalds, the Macleans, and the Campbells.  

Continue towards Ardbeg Distillery, clodes for many years it reopened to full production in 1998.   

Return along the same route to Port Ellen.   

Practical information: 

  • Language: English.

  • Remarks/requirements: Appropriate warm waterproof clothing and comfortable walking shoes. 

  • Walking information: Approximately 8 miles.  Mainly flat with sections of uneven paths. 

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.