Where to Eat, Drink, and Sleep on Islay and Jura

EAT

You need never be hungry due to the great range of options for lunch, dinner, or a quick snack. Are you in the mood for a plate piled high with fresh seafood, a dozen oysters chilled on ice, or a local venison steak?

An Tígh Seínnse Portnahaven; 1496 860224

The Antlers Craighouse, Jura; 1496 820496

Ballygrant Inn & Restaurant Ballygrant; 1496 840277

Bowmore Hotel Bowmore; 1496 810416

Bowmore Taste of Islay Bowmore; 1496 810671

Burnside Lodge Port Wemyss; 1496 860296

Cafaidh Na Roinn (The Rhinns Café) Port Mòr campsite, Port Charlotte; 1496 850441

The Celtic House Bowmore; 1496 810304

The Cottage Bowmore; 1496 810111

Cyber Bistro Port Ellen; 1496 300509

Drome Café (Morags) Islay Airport, Glenegedale; 1496 300441

Golden Dragon Chinese Cuisine Bowmore; 1496 810811

The Harbour Inn & Restaurant Bowmore; 1496 810330

The Islay Hotel Port Ellen; 1496 300109

Islay Oysters, Loch Gruinart 1496 850256

The Jura Hotel Craighouse, Jura; 1496 820243

Katie’s Bar Bridgend Hotel, Bridgend; 1496 810212

Kilchoman Distillery Café Bruichladdich; 1496 850011

Labels Coffee Shop Ballygrant; 1496 840595

Lochindaal Hotel Port Charlotte; 1496 850202

Lochside Hotel Bowmore; 1496 810244

Munchie Box Bowmore; 1496 810669

Old Kiln Café Ardbeg distillery, Port Ellen; 1496 302244

Port Charlotte Hotel Port Charlotte; 1496 850360

The Restaurant Bridgend Hotel, Bridgend; 1496 810212

Seafood Shack Port Ellen; 7766 996360

Seasalt Bistro & Takeaway Port Ellen; 1496 300300

Taj Mahal Bowmore; 1496 810033

White Hart Hotel Port Ellen; 1496 300120

Yan’s Kitchen Port Charlotte; 1496 850230

DRINK

Great pubs by the seashore, fantastic Scottish beer selections, and world-class whisky selections are three good reasons why Islay’s bars are an essential part of your visit. The largest and broadest range of whisky on the island can be found at The Ballygrant Inn and the Bowmore Hotel: what they don’t have there isn’t worth drinking. You may be tempted to stay indefinitely, yet serious Islay whisky fans should not miss the bars in the Port Charlotte Hotel, Islay Hotel, Lochside Hotel, or the Ardview Inn.

An Tígh Seínnse Portnahaven; 1496 860224 (12-15 whiskies)

Ardview Inn Port Ellen (80+ whiskies)

Ballygrant Inn & Restaurant Ballygrant; 1496 840277 (around 500 whiskies)

Bowmore Hotel Bowmore; 1496 810416 (around 400-500 whiskies)

The Harbour Inn & Restaurant Bowmore; 1496 810330

The Islay Hotel Port Ellen; 1496 300109 (150+ whiskies)

The Jura Hotel Craighouse, Jura; 1496 820243 (around 30-40 whiskies, concentrating on Isle of Jura whiskies of course)

Lochindaal Hotel Port Charlotte; 1496 850202

Lochside Hotel Bowmore; 1496 810244 (180+ whiskies)

Port Askaig Hotel Port Askaig; 1496 840245

Port Charlotte Hotel Port Charlotte; 1496 850360 (around 100 whiskies)

Strath Lounge Bridgend Hotel, Bridgend; 1496 810212 (around 40 whiskies)

White Hart Hotel Port Ellen; 1496 300120 (50+ whiskies)

SLEEP

Islay has a great choice of accommodations, but it can fill up at peak times. You might cozy up in a bed and breakfast in a family home, book a luxury self-catering cottage, pitch your tent, seal the door against the elements in a storm pod, or collapse into the luxury linens on a bed in one of the finer hotels.

40 Pier Road B&B Port Ellen; 1496 300502

An Taigh-Osda Bruichladdich; 1496 850587

Anchorage B&B Bruichladdich; 1496 850540

Ardbeg Seaview Cottage Port Ellen; 1496 302244

Ardlussa Estate Jura; 1496 820323

Ballygrant Inn & Restaurant Ballygrant; 1496 840277

Boiden Cottage Jura; 1496 820393

Bowmore Cottages Bowmore; 1496 810441

Bowmore Hotel Bowmore; 1496 810416

The Bowmore House B&B Bowmore; 1496 810324

Bridgend Hotel Bridgend; 1496 810212

Burnbank Cottage Craighouse, Jura; 7816 752433

Burnside Lodge Port Wemyss; 1496 860296

Cala Sìth Guest House Port Ellen; 1496 302021

Ceol na Mara Jura; 7780 842030

Coillabus Ecoluxury Lodges The Oa; 7824 567435

Coull Farm Bruichladdich; stay in a flat or cottage on a working farm with wonderful views overlooking Machir Bay; 1496 850317

Distillery House B&B Port Charlotte; 1496 850495

Four Woodside Craighouse, Jura; 1505 612426

Gealach Lan Jura; 1496 820207

Glenegedale House Glenegedale; 1496 300400

Glenmachrie Guest House Port Ellen; 1496 3022560

The Grange Guesthouse Port Ellen; 1496 302035

The Harbour Inn & Restaurant Bowmore; 1496 810330

Heather Cottage Jura; 1786 850274

The Island Bear B&B Bowmore; 1496 810375

The Islay Hotel Port Ellen; 1496 300109

Islay Storm Pods Lagavulin; 1496 300129

The Jura Hotel Craighouse, Jura; 1496 820243

Kentraw Farmhouse B&B Bruichladdich; 1496 850643

Kilmeny Country House Ballygrant; 1496 840668    

Kintra Farm Camping and B&B 1496 302051

Lach Mara B&B Port Ellen; 1496 302666

Laggan Estate (Cottages and Shooting Lodge) 1496 810235

Laphroaig View Guest House Port Ellen; 1496 302514

Lipachlairy Bothy Port Ellen; 7745 596984

Lochindaal Hotel Port Charlotte; 1496 850202

Lochside Hotel Bowmore; 1496 810244

Loch Gorm House Bruichladdich; 1496 850139

The Lodge B&B Port Ellen; 7776 193140

Octofad Farm B&B Port Charlotte; 1496 850594

The Old Excise House Laphroaig; 1496 302567

Port Askaig Hotel Port Askaig; 1496 840245

Port Charlotte Hotel Port Charlotte; 1496 850360

Port Mòr campsite Port Charlotte; 1496 850441

Scottish Youth Hostel Association Port Charlotte; 1496 850385

Skerrols House Bridgend; 1496 810520

Stonefields B&B Bridgend; 1496 810050

Tir nan Og Cottage Port Ellen; 7745 596984

White Hart Hotel Port Ellen; 1496 300120

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