Getting Around

By Car

The most practical way to get about is by car especially if time is limited or you want to reach the more remote areas. If you haven’t brought your own vehicle and need to hire a car there are two main outlets on Islay.

Islay Car Hire at 01496 810544 call for prices and arranging collection. D&N MacKenzie at 01496 302300 call for prices and arranging collection.

Getting Around by Bus

With a bit of planning you can get around the islands by bus though like most rural areas, the service tends to connect only the villages and operates around school times and holidays.


The Islay bus is operated by B. Mundell Ltd. The timetable for the local bus service on Islay can be viewed here Islay Bus Timetable

Timetables can also be found in the area transport leaflet issued by Argyll & Bute Council.


The Jura Bus is operated by Garelochhead Coaches and travels between Feolin Ferry to Craighouse and north up the island to Inverlussa

Tel: 01436 810200 and view the timetable here. Jura Bus Timetable


There are a number of taxi and minibuses for hire on Islay and Jura. This is a practical option for small groups intending visiting the distilleries and historic sites.

Contacts include:

Stuart Doyle 01496 850170, Mobile: 07771 921157
Carol MacDonald 01496 302155 Mobile: 07775782155
Fiona’s Taxis 01496 302622 Mobile: 07808303200
Lamont’s Taxis 01496 810449 Mobile: 07899756159
Andrew MacEachern 01496 850271
Christine Logan, Lady of the Isles 01496 810 485 Mobile: 07732 283554

Jura Island Tours 01496 820314 Mobile: 07884 024777

Getting Around by Bike

Islay is an excellent place to get about by bicycle, whether you bring your own or hire one when you get here. It’s definitely one way to slow down and enjoy the calming effect island life can have on you.

Most of the roads are quiet and flat – we do get the odd windy day but in summertime it’s a delight to get out and enjoy the fresh air.

Every Sunday at 10am an informal group of cyclists meet at the Mini Market in Bruichladdich and set off on a scenic social cycle on some of Islay’s scenic roads. All welcome. The group return to the Mini Market for a well earned Tea/Coffee & cake.

Jura is a little bit more hilly and challenging, especially the further north you go but you certainly won’t meet much traffic up there!

Bike hire

On Islay is available at:
Polly Mather, Main Street, Port Charlotte (opposite Port Charlotte Hotel) 01496 850 488
Jim Lutomski, 2 Corrsgeir Place, Port Ellen, Website 07760 196592

On Jura available by calling;
Michael Varley 07092 180747