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“Peace, Beauty,Wildlife, Walking and Whisky”
Review of Islay

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Glossop, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
63 reviews
53 helpful votes
“Peace, Beauty,Wildlife, Walking and Whisky”
Reviewed 13 July 2008

Islay is a tremendous island to visit to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Rest relax, walk, eat well, see great wild life; Seals, birds, deer...etc.

Port Charlotte is lovely. the views across Lochindaal towards The Paps of Jura is beautiful. Its even better if you staying at cottage near the waters edge. You can drink the view in all day!!

We stayed at Lochindaal house. Its right on the edge of the loch. The views are wonderful. The house is lovely. It sleep six adults easily. Also there is a small working lighthouse at the end of the garden. The house was originally the lighthouse keepers home. It's well worth staying here. The place is very comfortable and well equipped. It could do with some newer crockery & cutlery but otherwise it is spotless. It is only half a mile from Port Charlotte. There are to great areas to walk & view wild life close by too. The Bruichladdich distillery is only 2 miles away from the house.

The museum of Islay life at Port Charlotte is a good way to spend an hour or so.

Do try the food in the Port Charlotte Hotel. It is excellent.
There is a good bar menu and a 'fine dining' menu for those wishing something more exotic & expensive. Do book as it gets very busy.

The Harbour Inn at Bowmore is a very good resaurant if you're feeling flush. It is quite pricey though. The local fish is very good here.

Kilchoman distillery has a great Cafe and visitors centre. It's the newest distillery on Islay. Horses can be hired from here for those wishing to see the island from the saddle.

There are 8 Distilleries on Islay which means there is always somewhere to visit for a wee dram!! If you like whisky visiting one is a must. Islay Malts are among the finest anywhere. I suggest visiting Laphroaig near Port Ellen. However, there are plenty more around the island. You'll never be too far from one!

The western side of the island is good for cycling as it is partciularly flat. Bikes can be hired from a few places dotted around the island. Port Charlotte is one there are others.

Walking on The Oa in the south of the island is great way to spend half a day or so. The views from the cliffs are wonderful. Also you can visit The Monument. This is a massive structure built to commemorate the loss of sailors during the first world war.

Some of the beaches on Islay are vast, empty & golden. They are a bit cold to be honest but are ideal for long walks.

2 Thank andymortimer
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Glasgow, Scotland
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
36 helpful votes
“Most welcoming Isle of the west”
Reviewed 1 November 2007

We started doing some island hopping each year and have found what I would consider to be the friendliest of all the Inner Hebrides. From the moment you drive off the ferry folks and fellow drivers are waving at you. The pace is so slooowww. Bowmore seemed the busiest town and had everything anyone would need. We were in the best self-catering ever at Port Charlotte at Lorgba holiday homes




Coal/peat fire and stunning views across the loch. Don't miss the beaches at Saligo and Kilchoman and Lossit (if you like a hike)

1 Thank Jim_the_Scot
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
47 helpful votes
“Jewel of Scotland”
Reviewed 13 November 2003

This entire island is just alive with spirit. We very much enjoyed Dunyvaig, just down over the hill from Lagavulin Distillery. We enjoyed the spectacular scenery and the very friendly natives. It is hard to travel on this island without feeling a part of the world. At ever turn, there are reminders of how small we really are. The ocean views were spectacular. The wildlife was equally wonderful and we did, in fact, find ourselves there during bird-watching season. We found a nice spot at Machir Bay where we watched the sun go down. We learned what "fire on the water" meant that evening and as we drove back to Port Askaig, we were surprised that the moon (full) was already up.
Everywhere we looked, there was something to make us "ooooh" and "ahhhh." This is an island where I could happily hang my hat and stay forever.

5 Thank Away-in-Eire
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