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.