The Islay Festival of Music and Malt - Fèis Ìle
02-06-2017 By Nokulunga Msibi

Fèis Ìle, the Islay Festival of Music and Malt, is one of the biggest festivals in the whisky calendar held annually on the last week of May on the Isle of Islay.

To whisky lovers, Fèis Ìle means Islay distillery open days and special bottlings! But this annual Festival is more than special bottlings. Fèis Ìle includes songs, poetry, history, piping, food, Gaelic classes and sporting challenges, all in one week.

Fears that Gaelic language and culture were under threat laid the foundation of the island’s first Gaelic Drama Festival in 1984. This Gaelic Drama festival has evolved to what we know today as Fèis Ìle.

With only 8 distilleries on Islay, all of the Islay distilleries, including Jura, hold open days throughout the week of the festival. And perhaps the most exciting feature of these open days are the special Fèis Ìle bottlings released by each distillery.

Festival goers enjoy a week long celebration of all Islay has to offer.