South Islay Safari

Book a full day tour in our comfortable 7 seat minibus. Pass three of Islay’s famous whisky distilleries, Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. Take a few short walks…. explore the natural and cultural history of the south of the island. This tour is a great way to take in as much of what the south has to offer with plenty of opportunities for those special wildlife encounters.

Event Details

The Highlights

Seal Bay – as the name suggests, a fantastic opportunity to see common seals up close as they haul up on the rocks for a snooze.

Kildalton Cross – 8th century Celtic High Cross… a must-see and a chance to learn a bit more about those who left their mark on Islay.

Celtic rainforest – this is a very special habitat, a peaceful place, and a time to look at nature, big and small. Learn a bit about the management of this magical environment.

Claggain Bay – a beautiful raised beach with spectacular views and a popular spot for a few of our seabird species. Ideal for a bite of lunch.

The Oa – dramatic, rugged, and starkly different from the southeast, the southwest offers fantastic opportunities to see and hear some of Islay’s most iconic and rare bird life.

Myths & Folklore – Hear some local tales, from warrior giants to Danish princesses and even the odd fairy queen…

The Wildlife

Possible encounters, depending on season, include common seals, red deer, fallow deer, white-tailed eagle, golden eagle, hen harrier, chough, corncrake, twite and of course, the otter. We can’t promise them all in one day… but you never know!

What you need to know

All walks are short and leisurely, but appropriate footwear and adequate clothing are recommended. 

Please bring a packed lunch. Hot drinks, water and light snacks will be provided.

Quality optics are available to make those wildlife encounters even more special. Please feel free to bring your own, along with any camera equipment. 

There are a maximum of 5 spaces available on this tour.

Minimum age 12 years.

Booking essential