The island of Islay is in Argyll, south-west of Jura and just 25 miles north of the Irish coast.
Known as the Queen of the Hebrides, Islay has stunning scenery, 130 miles of sandy coastline and world-famous whisky distilleries; but what really sets the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides apart is the friendliness and warmth of its people.
Finlaggan in the north-east of the island was the traditional seat of the Lords of the Isles, who met here to debate strategy for the west coast. There are also several chapels, including the round Kilarrow church at Bowmore, built in such a way that the devil had no corner in which to hide.
There is much impressive bird life, especially the large flocks of barnacle geese, and the island produces much of its own food in the form of seafood and meat products.
Tourism is a major source of income, with visitors coming to see and sample the various whisky distilleries, as well as to visit historical sites, craft shops, and simply to meet the native islanders, the Ileach.
As one of the tourists interviewed in the film notes, “Even in winter it’s still a magical island, with an atmosphere different from any of the other Hebridean islands. It’s not just the whisky, but that does help.”