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By the way, Islay is pronounced 'eye-la' (you don't sound the letter y).

Look out for the Spirited Soaps shop and their whisky soaps.

The Mactaggart leisure centre (tel 01496 810 767) has a swimming pool, fitness studio and sauna.

The Columba Centre (Ionad Chaluim Chille Ile) is the Gaelic Language and Heritage Centre just outside Bowmore.

There is also a campsite for tents and camper vans. The Islay Natural History Trust field centre contains a nature library, laboratory, lecture room and exhibitions, housed in the old warehouses of Lochindaal distillery which closed in the 1920s. The Port Charlotte Museum of Islay Life is worth a visit if you are interested in the history of the island.

You'll need to take a tiny road from Port Charlotte or Portnahaven to get there.

If you are on the Portnahaven to Kilchiaran road, look out for Cultoon Stone Circle on the moorland (near Coultoon Farm) and Tormisdale Croft Crafts (carved shepherds' crooks, hand spun wool, knitwear, etc.).

Look out for Islay House Square which includes Elizabeth Sykes Batiques, Islay Quilters, Islay Studios, Islay Ales (tastings and guided tours of the micro-brewery), as well as a textile conservation workshop, stained glass workshop, coffee shop, cards, gifts, etc.