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Ferries to Islay and Jura and now covered by the R.E.T schemeThe Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) scheme involves setting ferry fares on the basis of the cost of travelling an equivalent distance by road. This has made ferry journeys to the islands substantially cheaper.
Museum of Islay Life
Isle of Islay
Phone/fax: + 44 (0)1496 850358
This former church was purchased in 1976 and the Museum opened the following year. The bulk of the exhibits are in the main body of the building while the former vestry houses an extensive library. A gallery was constructed at one end in 1998 to act as an office and store. A small shop area sells books and pamphlets about Islay as well as a range of gifts.
There are over 1600 items in the main Museum collection, covering all ages from the Mesolithic, c.8000 BC, to the 1950s. The Victorian and Edwardian ages are especially well represented, with exhibits showing what it was like to live in a simple house as well as how the laird lived at the same time.
Mactaggart Leisure Centre
Isle of Islay
Argyll PA43 7JS
Tel: +44 (0)1496 810767
Islay’s community owned leisure centre has a 25 meter heated indoor pool, a gym, sauna and a coin operated laundrette.
It is located next to Bowmore Distillery. The Centre is closed on Mondays.
Contact the Centre for details of activities. Programmes are changed reagularly to reflect school holidays etc.
Fishing Islay Estates
Islay PA44 7PT
Tel: 01496 810221
There are numerous fresh water lochs on the Islay Estates in which brown trout can be caught. The best months are May, June and July. The main lochs are Gorm, Skerrols and Finlaggan and these fish well throughout the season.
There are good trout in Loch Ardnave, but it is not recommended after July because of weed growth. Loch Ardnahoe is very deep; it fishes better after the end of May and is noted for its very large trout.
Lochs Laingeadail, Drolsay and Leathan are less accessible, but offer an interesting outing for someone walking on the hills.
A bank permit covers all lochs, except Loch Gorm. The Boat hire charge includes your fishing permit. There are boats on Lochs Gorm, Skerrols, Cam, Finlaggan, and Ardnahoe. The Fishing Season is between 15th March and 30th September.
Salmon and Sea Trout fishing is also available, for more information please contact the Estate Office.
Brown Trout : Weekly permit £30
3 Day Permit £22
Daily Permit £12
Boats : £30 Boat (after 3pm): £20
Permits are available from the Islay Estates Office 01496 810 221
The Field Centre in Port Charlotte features comprehensive information on Islay’s wildlife and birdlife, and holds activities days for the kids throughout the season from Easter to late October.