Fáilte gu Taigh-Tasgaidh Muinntir Ìle

Welcome to the Museum of Islay Life

Located in Port Charlotte, the museum houses a large and fascinating collection of objects, books, photographs and stories all illustrative of life in Islay from prehistoric to recent times.

Opening Hours

We regret to announce that due to the outbreak of Covid-19 the Museum of Islay Life / Taigh-tasgaidh Muinntir Ìle will not be opening as planned on 30th March 2020, and will remain closed until further notice.
The health and well-being of our staff, visitors and island community is our main priority at this difficult time.
We will continue to keep you updated via Facebook and our website

Contact & Admission

Tel.: +44 (0) 1496 850358

Email: islaymuseum@gmail.com
Museum of Islay Life, Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay, PA48 7UA

Admission Charges for 2019

Adult – £4
, Child – £1, Concession – £3,
Family (2 adults and 2 school age children) – £8.

About the Museum

The Museum of Islay Life is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. It is managed by a board of trustees who meet on a regular basis.


Membership of the Museum of Islay Life is open to anyone who is interested in helping the Museum in its aim to conserve and tell the story of Islay. Membership permits free entry to the Museum.  All subscriptions received go towards the running of the Museum.


The Gordon Booth library holds a collection of books, papers and records of Islay and is available for research on request.

Museum Shop & Publications for Sale

The following publications are for sale in the Museum: Place names of Islay £2, Kildalton £2, Guide to Islay £2.50, Islay Miscellany £8,40 Star Objects £5, fact sheets 20p

Other: General MacDougall £1.00

The Museum shop also stocks a selection of books, postcards, gifts and toys.

In the next weeks we will include a selection of Museum Publications (PDF) which can be purchased online.

A Happy Visitor

Spent an hour inside here without even realising, absolute gem of a place that highlights lots of information about island life on Islay. I especially liked the information available regarding Islay during the wartime years.


Museum of Islay Life,
Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay
PA48 7UA Scotland


+44 (0) 1496 850358


Charity registered in Scotland: SC048723