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Where to Eat, Drink and Stay in Islay, Scotland

Make the most of your stay with a visit to a white sandy beach, a tipple with locals at Ardview Inn Pub and tweed souvenirs.


Islay oysters

Islay oysters

Craig Archibald raises fat, succulent oysters fed by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream on Loch Gruinart, a fjord in northern Islay. These, along with langoustines, brown crab, squat lobster and diver scallops, are best enjoyed as a mountainous platter at the Islay Hotel restaurant in Port Ellen.


The Seaview Cottage at Ardbeg Distillery

Photo: Ardbeg

The Seaview Cottage at Ardbeg Distillery

This cozy three-bedroom house is located on the grounds of the distillery, with a self-catered kitchen, full yard and the vast expanse of the ocean only paces away.


Ardbeg Distillery

Ardbeg Distillery

Call ahead to book a tour, pop into the shop for a selection of current Ardbeg bottlings or a souvenir, or settle in at the Old Kiln Café for a seafood chowder or seasonal fish pie.

Ardview Inn Pub

Drink with the locals at the Ardview Inn Pub, where a selection of local ales and a hefty binder of single malts are on offer. “The kind of place where you wipe your feet on the way out instead of the way in,” as one patron lovingly described it.

67 Frederick Cres., Port Ellen


Islay Woollen Mill

Islay Woollen Mill

Tweeds and fine wool goods are woven on restored Victorian looms at Islay Woollen Mill, which made tartans for the films Braveheart and Rob Roy and supplies H. Huntsman & Sons, Savile Row.


Machir Bay

Known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the United Kingdom, Machir Bay has expansive white sands, grassy dunes and sloping hills. It’s the perfect place for a leisurely ramble, to glimpse the local fauna or to catch a brilliant sunset over the Atlantic.



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