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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

The Museum is open Monday to Friday, 10.30 to 4.30.

Contact & Admission

Tel.: +44 (0) 1496 850358
Email: islaymuseum@gmail.com
Museum of Islay Life, Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay, PA48 7UA

Admission Charges

Adult – £5
, Concession – £4, Children go free.


The Museum of Islay Life is delighted to launch a crowdfunding campaign that aims to secure the rich history and cultural heritage of our island. The Museum has been a treasure trove of knowledge, showcasing the island’s past for many years.

Now, however, we need your support to extend the current storage facilities to allow us to preserve even more of Islay’s fascinating history for decades to come.

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. Please contact the Museum or speak to one of the museum assistants if you would like to peruse our collection.

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.

Islay History for Kids

Iona Kirkpatrick has always had a passion for Islay history and as part of her Endeavour Project in Primary 7 at Port Ellen Primary School she created an Islay history website aimed at kids. Here is the link to the site which includes her own photos and mini stories to bring the history alive. Read more here

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