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Scotland Campervan Hire – Islay

Posted on: September 28, 2015
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Islay – Loch Indaal from Port Charlotte

Islay in a Scotland campervan hire

Islay is known as the Queen of the Hebrides. With famous whisky distilleries, fascinating wildlife, friendly hospitality and incredible scenery, Islay is a top rated holiday destination, ideal for exploring in a Scotland campervan hire.

Whisky is Islay’s most famous export, with eight distilleries that produce some of the world’s most famous malt whiskies, such as Bowmore, Caol Ila and Laphroaig.

Standing stones, such as at Cultoon and Ballinaby, and other archaeological sites dating to around 7,500 BC, tell the story of how fisherman and hunters came to Islay after the last Ice Age, later settling down as farmers. Islay was the seat of power for western Scotland and was home to the Lords of the Isles- you can visit the remains of their settlements at Finlaggan. Remarkable carved stones, grave slabs and Celtic crosses survive as evidence of Islay’s important past, including the Kildalton High Cross from around 800 AD, the finest surviving ringed Celtic cross in Scotland. It’s easy to drive around the island in a Scotland campervan hire and see all the wonderful sights!

Nature watching is a favourite pastime on Islay, and in a Scotland campervan hire, everything is right outside your door.  Wildlife is abundant on the 130 miles of coastline- look for wading birds, oystercatchers, gulls, corncrakes and ducks. The remote parts of the island are prime spots for watching golden eagles and buzzards. Dolphins, basking sharks and otters frolic off the coast, while seals sun themselves on the rocks.

Foodies are spoiled for choice on Islay, particularly in the island’s main village, Bowmore. Seafood and fish are served freshly prepared straight from the boats, along with a variety of delicious dishes.

A holiday on Islay can be laid back or active in a Scotland campervan hire. Cycling, fishing, horse riding, hill walking and golfing on world class golf are all on offer, and for those who like to watch the world go by, just drive around taking in the lovely island scenery in your Scotland campervan hire.

Pick up a campervan hire at Roseisle Luxury Campervans in Edinburgh, Scotland and make the three hour drive to the vehicle ferry at Kennacraig. On the two-hour ferry ride, feel the stresses of daily life melt away as you escape across the waters to the Queen of the Hebrides!

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