Like your whisky?  Fancy hearing some trad Scottish tunes?  Then we can’t think of a better way to spend a few days than at the annual Festival of Music and Malt – the Feis Ile – on the beautiful island of Islay. The festival was founded by locals in 1986 to celebrate the culture and heritage of this magical island.  Located in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland, Islay is home to no fewer than 8 whisky distilleries including Ardbeg and Lagavuilin.  The festival is held each year at the end of May, and runs for a week.  Each distillery has its own open day, with special tastings and events.  In addition, the music element comes from local musicians and also invited artists from the mainland.  The emphasis is on traditional Scottish music with concerts and ceilidhs, pipers, as well as kids events, Gaelic lessons, local arts & crafts, guided walks and more!  All in all Islay is a great place to visit at any time of year, but if you can make it during the Feis Ile you won’t be disappointed!  We’d be happy to out together a vacation to include the festival, plus whisky tastings, distillery tours in Islay and/or other parts of Scotland, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you fancy exploring the home of the water of life!  Slàinte 🙂 {phocamapsview=map|id=9}