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Top Choice Distillery in Port Charlotte


A couple of miles from Port Charlotte, Bruichladdich (brook-lad-dy) is an infectiously fun distillery to visit and produces a mind-boggling range of bottlings; there's always some new experiment cooking. The standar…
Distillery in Port Charlotte


Likeable Kilchoman, set on a farm, is one of Scotland's smallest distilleries. It grows and malts some of its own barley here and does its own bottling by hand. It has a wide variety of attractively packaged express…
Bistro in Port Charlotte

Yan's Kitchen

On the left as you enter Port Charlotte from the north, this cabin-like restaurant offers confident bistro cuisine, using ingredients like duck breast and local scallops to create satisfying, well-presented plates, …
Museum in Port Charlotte

Museum of Islay Life

Islay’s long history is lovingly recorded in this museum, housed in the former Free Church. Prize exhibits include an illicit still, 19th-century crofters’ furniture, and a set of leather boots once worn by the hors…
Scottish in Port Charlotte

Port Charlotte Hotel

One of the more upmarket places on Islay to eat, this candlelit restaurant serves local seafood, Islay beef, venison and duck. The bar also does great food, is well stocked with Islay malts and real ales, and has a …
Pub in Port Charlotte

An Tígh Seinnse

In Portnahaven, near where the seals bask on the rocks, this cosy little pub turns out some decent food (noon to 8pm Friday to Tuesday, to 4pm Wednesday and Thursday), and is a convivial spot for a drink without whi…
Nature Reserve in Port Charlotte

Loch Gruinart Nature Reserve

Seven miles north of Port Charlotte is Loch Gruinart Nature Reserve, where you can hear corncrakes in summer and see huge flocks of migrating ducks, geese and waders in spring and autumn. Two trails from the car par…
Pub Food in Port Charlotte

Lochindaal Hotel

This family-run, low-ceilinged, double-sided bar has plenty of local character. Bar meals are fairly standard but well presented and tasty, but it's the seafood platters (£100 for two) that are famous. Order the day…
Museum in Port Charlotte

Islay Natural History Centre

Under the Islay SYHA in Port Charlotte, this centre has displays explaining the island’s natural history, with advice on where to see wildlife and lots of interesting hands-on exhibits for kids.