Fèis Ìle 2022

the countdown is on!

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2022 ISLAY FESTIVAL.

Welcome to information about Fèis Ìle 2022 - the Islay Festival.

After two years of 'virtual only' hard work and entertainment, Fèis Ìle is back! "Slàinte mhath!!!" we hear you all cry!

We're looking forward to 10 days of music, song, dancing, chatting, meeting friends old and new and perhaps having a wee bit of Islay whisky along the way!

For anyone who hasn't been to the festival before, ready the handy wee guide below. We will keep updating this page with info as soon as we can.

FESTIVAL UPDATES

FESTIVAL PROGRAMME 2022

We're working on adding the events in detail here - if you're seeing this message we're not quite there yet!
FRIDAY 27th MAY
COMMUNITY OPENING EVENT
TIME
6pm - 10pm
location
PORT ELLEN PLAYING FIELDS
TICKETED?
NO
Join the Festival Committee to officially open the Festival! Rides and inflatables free to all ages. Music from Rock and Reel, Acoustic Soundz and The Midgies.
Food stalls also available.
SATURDAY 28th MAY
LAGAVULIN OPEN DAY
TIME
TBC
location
LAGAVULIN DISTILLERY
TICKETED?
NO
Join Lagavulin for drams and music aplenty!
THE FIRST FLING
TIME
8PM - 12PM
location
THE RAMSAY HALL, PORT ELLEN
TICKETED?
SOLD OUT
SUNDAY 29th MAY
BRUICHLADDICH DAY
TIME
TBC
location
BRUICHLADDICH DISTILLERY
TICKETED?
YES
Join Bruichladdich for Rock'ndaal! This is a ticketed event - please sign up for Bruichladdich updates here.
THE VERY 'ARD' ISLAY QUIZ
TIME
7:30PM - 10PM
location
THE GAELIC CENTRE (ICCI), BOWMORE
TICKETED?
SOLD OUT
MONDAY 30th MAY
CAOL ILA & ISLE OF ISLAY GIN DAY
TIME
TBC
location
ISLAY HOUSE SQUARE
TICKETED?
NO
Final details still to come on this one, but with Caol Ila distillery closed for renovations, they will be joining forces with Nerabus Isle of Islay Gin in the Square! Please don't try to head to Caol Ila distillery, there's nothing open there.
THE INDIE WHISKY FÈIS ÌLE
TIME
see tickets
location
RAMSAY HALL, PORT ELLEN
TICKETED?
YES
NOTE - CHANGED LOCATION! Now in the Ramsay Hall, Port Ellen.

Join the independent bottlers for some amazing whiskies. Two sessions available, see tickets for details.
WHISKY NOSING AND CEILIDH
TIME
7PM - 12PM
location
THE RAMSAY HALL, PORT ELLEN
TICKETED?
SOLD OUT
TUESDAY 31ST MAY
LAPHROAIG OPEN DAY
TIME
TBC
location
LAPHROAIG DISTILLERY
TICKETED?
NO
It's Laphroaig Day! Come along, try the Cairdeas and sample the atmosphere!
FOLK NIGHT
TIME
7PM - 11PM
location
ARDBEG DISTILLERY
TICKETED?
SOLD OUT
WEDNESDAY 1ST JUNE
ARDNAHOE OPEN DAY
TIME
TBC
location
ARDNAHOE DISTILLERY
TICKETED?
NO
Come and enjoy the spectacular views, music, Hunter Laing whiskies and good times at Ardnahoe!
BOWMORE DAY
TIME
TBC
location
BOWMORE DISTILLERY
TICKETED?
YES - TBC
Details are expected soon for Bowmore's Day - we are expecting it to be ticketed due to Bowmore's smaller available spce, but we'll let you know as soon as we can.
CLOOTIE DUMPLING CEILIDH
TIME
7:30PM - 11PM
location
BALLYGRANT HALL
TICKETED?
SOLD OUT
ROBIN LAING'S WHISKY FLAVOURED CONCERT
TIME
8PM - 11PM
location
BRUICHLADDICH HALL
TICKETED?
YES
Tickets are still available for Robin Laing's concert - but we don't expect them to be for long!
 THURSDAY 2ND JUNE
KILCHOMAN OPEN DAY
TIME
TBC
location
KILCHOMAN DISTILLERY
TICKETED?
NO
Come and visit the barley to bottle experience at Kilchoman! All areas of the distillery will be open, plus live music, cocktails and food, plus of course the whisky!
ISLAY WHISKY ACADEMY OPEN DAY
TIME
10:00 - 18:00
location
RHINNS HALL, PORTNAHAVEN
TICKETED?
NO
Free Entry. All welcome.
Draw Closer to Islay Whisky Academy.
A day long ceilidh with music, stalls, homemade scones and dumpling.
Call in and share a dram while listening to great music. Or enjoy a homemade scone with jam and cream.
Cullen Skink for lunch, and local crafts people sharing their wonderful products.
Join us for Stories, drams, laughter and the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the Rhinns Community hall.
Scheduled events are Ticketed and can be purchased online here.
Ticketed events include: really interesting Whisky Tastings, Presentations, and The Enchanting Scotland Show (ticketed event) to top the day off.

EVERYTHING BUT WHISKY
TIME
2 SESSIONS
location
MACHRIE HOTEL AND GOLF LINKS
TICKETED?
YES
Join us at The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links on Thursday, 2nd June for local music, cocktail bar, food and of course, the tastings! Sample drinks from The Botanist, Lussa Gin, Isle of Islay Gin, Jukebox Gin, Islay Ales, Jura Brewery, Deer Island Rum and the new Islay Rum! Price also includes canapes and one cocktail.

Two sessions. See tickets for full details.
MIST'RY BUS TOUR
TIME
5:30PM
PICKUP location
ARDBEG
TICKETED?
SOLD OUT
VOICES OF ISLAY
TIME
7:30PM
location
ISLAY GAELIC CENTRE
TICKETED?
SOLD OUT
FRIDAY 3RD JUNE
BUNNAHABHAIN OPEN DAY
TIME
TBC
location
BUNNAHABHAIN DISTILLERY
TICKETED?
NO
Join the Bunnahabhain Distillery team down by the Sound of Islay for music, drams and good times!
JURA OPEN DAY
TIME
TBC
location
JURA DISTILLERY, ISLE OF JURA
TICKETED?
NO
Take a trip over to the Deer Island itself, Jura, for some special whiskies, live music and good times!
MAIRI MCGILLIVARY AND FRIENDS
TIME
6:30PM - 11PM
location
LAPHROAIG DISTILLERY
TICKETED?
SOLD OUT
SATURDAY 4TH JUNE
ARDBEG OPEN DAY
TIME
TBC
location
ARDBEG DISTILLERY
TICKETED?
NO
It's going to be an 'Ardcore' day at Ardbeg to celebrate their Ardcore release - a peaty punky day is in store!
THE FINAL FLING
TIME
8:30PM - 1AM
location
RAMSAY HALL, PORT ELLEN
TICKETED?
SOLD OUT
LAWN BOWLS COMPETITION
TIME
1:45PM
SUNDAY 29TH MAY AND SUNDAY 5TH JUNE
location
BRIDGEND BOWLING GREEN
TICKETED?
NO
Turn up at Bridgend Bowling Green for 1:45pm, competition starts at 2pm.
Entrance fee £3 and £2 for Bridgend Club Members
Random Pairs (drawn on day) played in round robin format.

Fèis Ìle bottlings

Please remember that the Fèis Ìle Committee do not have any special access to information about Festival bottlings. Please contact the distilleries directly with any queries.

NEW MAILING LIST!!!

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Fèis Ìle 2022

QUICK START GUIDE

If you've not been before, follow these steps to make the best of your festical experience!

1. ACCOMMODATION

A place to stay is the first thing you need to sort - with the island so busy at festival time, it can be hard to find what you need. We're working with our friends at Explore Islay and Jura to  find a way to let you know about any vacancies.

2. TRAVEL

Once you've sorted your accommodation, it's time to think about travel! Calmac release their summer timetable in November/December, so keep checking for updates and get your tickets early. You can also check Loganair if you'll be flying in.

3. TICKETS

There's two main types of events, the official Fèis Ìle events and the ones run by the distilleries.
 - Fèis Ìle event tickets will now be released at the end of January/beginning of February. Keep checking social media for details as we will release them as soon as we possibly can.
 - Distillery events start being released around two months before the festival. We'd recommend you sign up to updates from your favourite distilleries, though we will share information where we can.

3. COME AND HAVE FUN

And that's pretty much it. Be prepared to come and experience the Queen of the Hebrides (that's Islay) in the busiest, most atmosphere packed time of the year - we look forward to seeing you then.
FÈIS ÌLE 2022 COVID GUIDANCE
**new guidance following Scottish Government updates**
Following the relaxation of all COVID guidelines on the 21st March, there will no longer be restrictions at Fèis Ìle 2022.

All Fèis Ìle Festival Events

  • All ticketed events will no longer require mask wearing or vaccination certification.

Recommendations

  • To keep people safe, we'd still appreciate you taking lateral flow tests before travelling and periodically throughout the festival to keep everyone safe - however, this is not a mandatory requirement.

If there are any further updates, we'll post them right here - or why not sign up to out mailing list above!

Thank you.

while you wait...

Have a look at some of the videos and events that we created for our Virtual Festival!

NEED MORE INFO?

Head to our information page with Frequently Asked Questions, travel info, links and more.
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