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Article published 08/11/2019

Islay's exclusive wildlife experience has received a five star grading in our Quality Assurance (QA) Scheme.

Islay Sea Adventures, based in Port Ellen Marina, was upgraded from a four star grading in recognition of its exceptional visitor experience. The QA Scheme is a benchmark for quality across the tourism industry and operates across accommodation, visitor attractions and food sectors.

The business becomes the fifth five star wildlife experience in Argyll & Bute following improvements made to their website and incorporating the use of digital tablets into their wildlife tours.

The boat tours give visitors the chance to see the spectacular range of wildlife offered by the coast and waters of Islay. These include seals, porpoises and an abundance of seabirds, as well as the occasional sighting of a sea eagle.

Four tours are available including nature watching in a special conservation area and a visit to Corryvrechan, the world’s third largest whirlpool. Fishing tours are also on offer as well as a seafood foraging experience.

In addition to its spectacular wildlife offering, the Isle of Islay is also known as 'whisky island' with a remarkable nine distilleries. Visitors can see Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg from the unique viewpoint of the sea when on a tour.

The timing of this award is particularly apt as Scotland prepares to celebrate its next Themed Year, the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020. The country will celebrate its coasts and waters with a year-long programme of events and activities which will shine a spotlight on these vital elements of our landscape.

We are delighted to receive this award from VisitScotland. It is a testament to the hard work of the whole team in the last year to enhance the visitor experience we offer.

Angus Newman, Skipper for Islay Sea Adventures

A massive well done to the whole team at Islay Sea Adventures. This fantastic operation gives visitors the opportunity to enjoys Islay’s coastal, wildlife, and food and drink offering on the water.

Our Quality Assurance Scheme is world-leading and provides a trusted, independent and impartial source of information for visitors. It is about much more than just a star rating – it is about the entire visitor experience and investing in the business to make it as economically sustainable, and profitable, as it can be.

David Adams McGilp, VisitScotland Regional Director