Tourists looking for more active pursuits thoroughly enjoy Islay’s rich offering of golf courses, fishing, cycling routes, horse riding, walking and canoeing. While many people enjoy exploring some of the local villages and the quaint, family-run businesses. Benefiting from the warm Gulf Stream, Islay enjoys mild winters and summers that aren’t too hot, although May and June represent the driest and most pleasant weather. It also plays host to several annual festivals, including the popular Islay Festival of Malt and Music in May and the Islay Jazz Festival in September. They are a vital source of income for the island, along with farming, fishing and tourism.