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9. The Museum of Island Life, Isle of Islay

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The Museum of Island Life, Isle of Islay

The fertile, largely treeless island of Islay is famous for its distinctive whisky, rich birdlife including golden eagles, barnacle geese and the rare crow like chough, and its distinctive whitewashed villages, founded by the Campbells in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
 
Port Charlotte is Islay's prettiest village, with immaculate whitewashed cottages clustered around a sandy cove overlooking Loch Indaal. The settlement was established by the Laird of Islay Walter Campbell, in 1828 who named it after his mother.

The Museum of Islay Life is located in a former chapel and has a children's corner, quizzes, a good library of books about the island, and interesting snippets about 18th century illegal whisky distillers. The Wildlife Information Centre, housed in a former distillery warehouse, is also worth a visit for anyone interested in the island's flora and fauna.

The Museum of Islay Life Address:
Museum of Islay Life
Port Charlotte
Isle of Islay
PA48 7UA
Scotland, UK

The Museum of Islay Life Opening Times:
The Museum is open six days a week from April to the end of October, and on Sunday afternoons

The Museum of Islay Life Admission:
Adult £3.00
Concession £2.00
Child £1.00
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £6.00

T  +44 (0)1496 850358

F  +44 (0)1496 850358

    Islay Museum
 
Islay Wildlife Information Centre

Islay Wildlife Information Centre Address:
Main Street
Port Charlotte
Isle of Islay
Argyll
PA48 7TX
Scotland, UK
 
Islay Wildlife Information Centre Admission/Opening Times:
Please phone for details 

T  +44 (0)1496 850288

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