Just some of the 300 Islay Malts on offer in the Lochside whisky lounge and Duffie's bar


The Lochside is an Islay institution: an affordable friendly hotel with a bustling restaurant, a lounge that has been recognised as one of the great whisky bars of the world and a cosy pub loved by locals and visitors alike.

Ten ensuite bedrooms available all year round in the heart of the island's capital Bowmore:

TEL: (+44) (0) 1496 810244

Dining based on fresh local produce in a relaxed setting right on the banks of Loch Indaal.

Stunning views from the conservatory dining room, waterside terrace and rooms overlooking Bowmore' s picturesque harbour.

Scallops and langoustines straight out of the sea. A fabulous selection of whisky, local Islay ales on tap and a competitively priced wine list.

On the doorstep: Bowmore distillery, the MacTaggart leisure centre and the island's best choice of places to eat, drink and shop without having to get in the car.

Further afield: wonderful wildlife!

Big Atlantic surf on Islay's spectacular west coast

All pictures reproduced by kind permission of local photographer James Deane. A visit to his website is a fantastic introduction to what awaits you on Islay, and a great place to acquire a fabulous souvenir of this wonderful island.

The Lochside is the perfect base for a holiday taking in Islay's iconic distilleries and stunning beaches.