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BOWMORE HOTEL: The Last Room in Bowmore

I arrived on Islay on a Saturday with the Islay Jazz Festival in full swing. I got lucky and found what was probably the last room to be had in Bowmore at this hotel. The hotel is perfectly adequate for a stay - not as plush as the Harbour Inn but 38.50 pounds versus 108 pounds might explain some of that? Everyone works hard to make your stay on Islay a pleasant one. Both the pub and restaurant are lively with locals - I even heard some Gaelic being spoken. Noise can rumble from below if you are a light sleeper.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Festivals, Historical Travel, Wine Tasting
  • Written September 28, 2007
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Front of the Bowmore Hotel


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the Harbour Inn: Harbour Inn

I've stayed in this hotel several times, although many years ago. It used to belong to my grandmother so there is a lot of family history here!

Now of course it's run by another couple who we've always found to be very welcoming and friendly.

The hotel is quite small (so pretty cosy) and very pleasant, with a peat fire on cold evenings and great views across Loch Indaal - you can even see the paps of Jura. Its central location in Bowmore makes it a good base for exploring the island.

Guests have free use of the Leisure Centre across the road including swimming pool, gym and sauna.

Unfortunately it's not terribly cheap, but if you can afford it then it's worth a stay.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Birdwatching
  • Written July 27, 2004
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Harbour Inn, Bowmore - photo from website


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Port Charlotte Hotel

A Victorian hotel with lovely ensuite rooms. It's got a cute little pub downstairs and is right on the seashore beside a sandy beach. There's a restaurant downstairs as well as the pub.
I didn't stay here, but friends with us did. However, I did change in one of the rooms and had a good look, I'd definitely recommend this place.

They'll lend you a bucket and spade if you wish to play in the sand, our friend did just that ;-) Extremely helpful staff, especially in emergencies of needing transportation.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written August 28, 2002

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MacGillivray's B&B: Cosy Bed and Breakfast

Not sure if that's correct name of B&B, but that's the owners. They have two different rooms, one double, one triple, both spacious and clean but they are not ensuite, you'll have to share the bathroom.
Mrs MacGillivray makes a great breakfast as well ;-)
I think it was about £16 per person.

The B&B is next door to a pub, so not far to go for a pint.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written August 28, 2002

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