The Islands though not recognised by the Scotch Whisky Association as a region, includes all of the whisky-producing islands, Arran, Jura, Mull, Orkney and Skye, but excludes Islay. It is hard to categorise them, indeed the fact they are a category of their own is most probably for geographic ease rather than for discerning between styles. It can be described as a hybrid between Highland and Islay whiskies
The newest Island distillery is Arran which was built in the mid 1990's and produces whiskies that have recently come of age. Moving North at the Mull Island we can find its sole distillery, Tobermory which also produces Ledaig. There is then Jura, with the homonymous Distillery.
On the Island of Skye there is the complex and peppery Talisker. Finally on the dark, weathered isle of Orkney you can find the two Northerly distilleries of Scapa and Highland Park.