The Isle of Islay (pronounced eye-la)is a small island in the southern tip of the Inner Hebrides. It is only about 12 miles wide and 30 miles long with three main paved roads. There are 8 distilleries (see entry on Whisky), about 3 towns each with a population of perhaps 200, numerous villages (some with only 3 houses) and lots of green grass and sheep.
Economically, Islay depends on it whisky production and the tourism it brings. Also, the wool sheep herding. I understand that the Islay black-faced sheep produce a course wool used primarily in rugs and carpet. There is one Wool Weaving Mill (pictures attached) that imports softer wool from the mainland and makes plaid, wool cloth for making kilts, jackets, scarves, blankets and just about anything else you would want woolen plaid for. We toured this and also visited an artist commune that makes some wonderful crafts.
The most fascinating part of the visit was the ancient history. This starts from the stone age with artifacts dating as far back as 10,800 BCE. We visited a monolith, erected 5,000 years ago in about 3,000 BCE. We also saw two church yards that contained ancient Celtic crosses and graves of knights dating as far back as 1250 AD (CE). We also visited the ruins of two ancient castles, including the Finlaggan ruins which was a strong hold for the Lord of the Isles… a Celtic ruler that controlled the Inner Hebrides Islands from 1300 through about 1500. I have made separate diary entries for all of these.
There is a great review of the island in Wikipedia if you are interested in more details: