Information & Facts
Islay experiences a much milder climate to that of mainland
Scotland due to the warming influence of the Gulf Stream. Snow and
frosts are rare, though during the winter months, gales sweep in
off the cold North Atlantic causing travel disruptions with
frequent ferry and air link delays. The best time of year to visit
Islay is during the summer months when the temperature is warm,
mild and pleasant from May to September. The driest, most pleasant
weather is often from May to July.
English is the official language, though visitors will be
astonished by the variety of regional accents.
The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100
pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and
American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards
should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign
currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels,
however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks.
Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by
tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid
Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last
Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).