There are a whole host of web-sites devoted to Islay, some of the following may help you to plan your trip or for further information.
The Islay Festival is the last week of May; whiskey, music, distilleries, food & a good time had by all.
Walk Islay is a marvellous opportunity mid-April to walk different parts of the island
The Islay Jazz Festival - mid-September, spread over 3 days with venues all over the island
Horse Riding can be arranged with Ballivicar Farm just a 5 minute drive from Cairn Cottage (book well in advance though) or alternatively you can ride at Rockside Farm, which is next to Kilchoman Distillery
Cycle Hire in Port Ellen
The Mactaggart Community Cybercafe in Port Ellen offers cafe and bistro style menus, pool and snooker plus computer and internet facilities
The Islay Hotel offers a wide bar and restaurant menu in comfortable surroundings
SeaSalt Bistro offers a great range of food from pizza & pasta to seafood & steak, for eat-in or takeaway
Indoor Swimming at The Mactaggart Leisure Centre in Bowmore
Mens and Womens Beach Rugby Tournament - normally one Saturday in mid-June.
Caledonian MacBryne - ferry timetables from Kennacraig to Port Askaig and Port Ellen.
RSPB Loch Gruniart and The Oa - both bird watchers' paradises
The Illeach - the Islay newspaper
Islay Info - a great all round website for information and events on the island
Visit Islay Jura - informative website for both islands
Discover Islay - an easy to use website to introduce you to Islay
Armin Grewe - a more personal website devoted to Islay; download as a pdf the Islay Guide
Distilleries - links to each of the islands eight Distillery websites
Please do let us know if you come across other sites which other visitors to the island would find useful.