The Scottish island of Islay is located in the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland.
Nicknamed: "The Queen of the Hebrides", the island has over three thousand inhabitants, who besides from whisky, also make an income from agriculture and tourism.
The island is a mecca for all single malt Scotch whisky enthusiasts and has eight active distilleries and a ninth which is due to open its doors in the near future.
Islay also hosts an annual Festival of Malt and Music, which celebrates the cultural heritage of Islay, including its whisky producing tradition.
The distilleries that produce the Islay single malt Scotch whisky are listed below.