Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides. Known as "The Queen of the Hebrides", it lies in Argyll southwest of Jura and around 25 miles north of the Irish coast. Scottish Gaelic is spoken by about a third of the population.
Islay's capital and largest settlement is Bowmore, where the distinctive round Kilarrow Parish Church and a distillery are located. Many roads are single-track with passing places, but the island has its own bus service provided by Islay Coaches. Glenegedale Airport offers flights to and from Glasgow Airport, while Caledonian MacBrayne operate regular ferry services to Port Ellen and Port Askaig from Kennacraig.