Bridgend Hotel

Scottish in Bowmore

At Islay's major crossroads, 3 miles northeast of Bowmore, this hotel offers satisfying dining in an attractive slate-floored room on one side and a more formal dining room on the other. Exceptionally cheery service is allied with competent dishes of fish, venison and other local game, with fresh seafood specials adding to the options. There's also a decent bar menu.

Rooms (singles £100, doubles £135 to £170) are decked out in modern yet classic Scottish decor, with handsome fabrics and discreet tartan.