Islay has been inhabited since 8000BC, at various times the island has been inhabited by the Gaels and Vikings eventually coming under Scots rule in the 12th century.
Having had such a long history the island is full of sights to see both natural and manmade. Machir Bay a mile of golden sands and voted in the top 30 beaches in the UK by Conde Nast traveller. Finlaggan two islands to the north of Islay one of which is linked to the main island by a walkway. Tools and weapons from 14th and 15th century have been found on the islands.
If Islay is famous for anything it’s whisky with it’s own festival in May and 8 working distilleries on the island it’s not hard to see why. With the Island Adventure tour you can spend one of the days on the island touring the distilleries. The YH at Port Charlotte is an ex distillery building!
Arran features in three of SBT’s tours the Five Ferries, Sea to summit and the Island Adventure tour. On all the tours there is a chance to see some of the islands attractions but perhaps the best way would be to do the Five Ferries two day tour and stay at Lochranza YH giving you a day to look around the island.
The ferry leaves from Ardrossan on the mainland and arrives at Brodick the island’s largest settlement there is also another ferry to the Buddhist owned Holy Isle this leaves from Lamlash.
Natural attractions include Kilmory and Blackwaterfoot beaches, Eas Mor waterfall and the Kings cave.
Surprisingly for such a small island there is three castles:Kildonan, Lochranza and Brodick.
Of course this being Scotland there is a distillery and a brewery on the island both of which have shops and tours.
The history of Arran is fascinating and at various times during it’s history it has been occupied by Vikings, Celts and the Engish. It was victim to the Highland Clearances this is commemorated at Lamlash.
So what you waiting for book a tour come and see this lovely Island.