Islay; The Climate
If you are thinking of traveling to the beautiful island of Islay, whether from the mainland or from across the world, there are a few things you may want to know about the geography to help you plan your visit, trip or move. Here are some quick facts to help you plan and organize everything from what to wear to where to visit:
- Firstly, the Island is only 40km, which is equivalent to 25 miles, long from the most northern point to the most southern point of the island.
- Interestingly, the eastern coast of the island is scattered with mountains, the highest of which is the Beinn Bheigier which reaches an impressive height of 1612 feet or 491 metres.
- On the other hand, the western side of the island has several peninsulas that are separated from the main portion of the island by the Loch Indaal and the Loch Gruinart.
- The Rinns is some of the most fertile land on the island and is located in the southwesterly portion of the island. This portion island also hosts the Oa, the closest point in all of the Hebride islands to Ireland.
- The Southern area is full of forests as a result of being sheltered or immune to the winds that the rest of the island faces.
- For a variety of climate induced reasons, the population of the island is mostly found in Bowmore and Port Ellen with some smaller villages scattered around these two hubs as well.
- The remainder of the land, which is uninhabited, is used for agriculture.
- There are a few freshwater lochs inside the main part of the island and some small “rivers” throughout the island as well.
- There are a series of small, coastal islands that are considered part of Islay but are mostly uninhabited and unused.