Ticket prices (unless otherwise specified)
Under 16s and carers FREE
All family events are FREE
**Season tickets £30/£20
* Concession (student; disabled; registered unemployed; over-60s).
** Season ticket (allows access to all public events across the four days).
Tickets for all events are available on the door or in advance via TicketSource (50p booking fee applies for each ticket). Links for online booking can be found as 'Book Now' buttons included with the information for each event on our 2019 Programme page.
Advance booking is not necessary for most of our events, although it is advised for workshops and for other events where there are limited places. There is no need to book a place at our family events.
To book a season ticket, please click on the button below. Buttons are also included with the information for each event. Alternatively, contact us.
Filming and photography
Our festival photographers will be taking pictures for us throughout the festival. Permission will also be sought at the ticket-booking stage. Pictures are only used for our own purposes (e.g. website, social media, reports to funders, and occasionally we are asked for images by members of the press). However, please inform us if you object to photography at any of the events you attend and we will do what we can to accommodate your wishes.
Still to be confirmed for 2019: a free shuttle bus will operate from Bowmore to our events in Portnahaven, Laphroaig and Port Ellen. This is operated on a first-come basis as seats are limited (only 16 in total). Priority will be given to those with mobility problems. Sponsored by the Islay & Jura Community Bus.
Car sharing is encouraged where travel to events is necessary; please do contact us in advance if there is an event you would like to attend but will have difficulty getting there and we’ll see if we can pair you up with someone. We will also be setting up a car-sharing page on Facebook so that you can coordinate with each other more easily.
Each adult session lasts approx. 1 hour, with an extra 10 mins allowed for Q&A, unless otherwise specified. Children’s events usually last up to 45 minutes. Book signings take place at each event.
Unfortunately we are unable to offer crèche facilities. Parents must accompany children under 8 at all times. Due to restrictions imposed by licensing regulations, or if the event content is not suitable for a younger audience, some events may have a minimum age limit. If that is the case, these will be clearly shown in the event description.
Cafaidh Blasta at the Gaelic College will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 31st August serving teas, coffees, light refreshments and lunch. All venues have parking available and disabled access and facilities. Please contact us in advance if you will require any assistance.
Books are on sale at our book stall at each event, courtesy of our partners at The Celtic House in Bowmore.