Last month saw an interesting Islay travel article called 'Beyond the single malt Scotch' in The Globe and Mail, a Canadian based newspaper. The online article, written by Stephen Beaumont, handles about Scotland in general, being a place to slow your pace, and Islay in particular. Islay is being portrayed as a desireable destination, due to the presence of the distilleries but more in particular because of the people, the scenery and the sense of timelessness.
A Quote from The Globe and Mail: Islay is justly famed for its whiskies, which are renowned, and sometimes reviled, for their intensely peaty and iodine-laden characters. Even with its eight working distilleries, though, there is more than malt to this modest Scottish island paradise. As small as it is, at a mere 600 square kilometres with a population of about 3,500, Islay offers a surprising number of diversions.
There is the simple joy of unencumbered relaxation, whether at the beach, in the pub or communing in the countryside with the sheep and cattle that outnumber the island's human population many times over. Stress loses its meaning here, as it will in any place where time is more or less irrelevant beyond the rising and setting of the sun.
A worthy description of a beautiful island where time seems to stand still, people are ever so friendly, wildlife is abundant and where the locally produced drams taste even better than back home.