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Portnahaven, Islay (Credit: VisitScotland/ Kenny Lam)
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Isles of Islay and Jura

The most southerly of the Inner Hebrides, the near-adjacent islands of Islay and Jura offer a warm welcome and spectacular scenery. The islands are home to some of the world’s finest malt whisky distilleries, outstanding wildlife and one of the top 100 golf courses in the world.

The Three Distilleries Pathway links three of Islay’s most iconic distilleries – Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg – in just three miles. Across both Islay and Jura, producers offer tours and tastings of rum, craft ale, wine and gin – all flavoured with local botanicals – in addition to the internationally renowned aromatic whisky, famously flavoured with peat smoke. Jura, which boasts its own much-loved distillery, is one of the least densely populated of Scotland’s inhabited islands. The island was famously captured in the 1902 William McTaggart painting ‘The Paps of Jura’ and it also served as home to George Orwell while he wrote the classic novel ‘1984’.

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