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Scottish in Bowmore

Bridgend Hotel

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…
British in Bowmore

Harbour Inn

Owned by the Bowmore Distillery, this restaurant at the Harbour Inn is the classiest in town. The conservatory-style dining area offers wonderful sunset views over the water. Islay oysters are a delicious and obviou…
Italian in Bowmore

Peatzeria

This is one of those names that just had to be…nice work, punsters! An impressively realised church conversion has created a warmly welcoming Italian restaurant that specialises in toothsome stone-baked pizzas but a…
Distillery in Bowmore

Bowmore Distillery

In the centre of Bowmore, this distillery malts its own barley. The tour begins with an overblown marketing video, but is redeemed by a look at (and taste of) the germinating grain laid out in golden billows on the …
Pub in Bowmore

Lochside Hotel

One of Islay's key whisky bars, Lochside Hotel has a fine selection of local malts and a good atmosphere, with locals rubbing shoulders with distillery tourists looking for a taste of a hard-to-find dram. It also do…
Brewery in Bowmore

Islay Ales

This microbrewery in a craft-shop complex by Islay House produces a range of real ales, all bottled by hand. After a complimentary tour, you can taste the ales for free, and buy a bottle or two to drink outdoors or …
Food & Drinks in Bowmore

MA Mackinnons Marmalade

Top-quality whisky marmalade is just the beginning of the home-made treats on offer at this little deli shop in the curious Islay House Square complex, 3 miles northeast of Bowmore at Bridgend. It's well worth a bro…