Accommodation choices Isles of Islay & Jura

LOOKING ACROSS THE BAY TO PORT ELLEN (THE CHIEF TOWN OF THE ISLAND) WITH A SANDY BEACH IN THE FOREGROUND ON THE SOUTH COAST OF ISLAY, VisitScotland/ Paul Tomkins
LOOKING ACROSS THE SOUND OF ISLAY TO THE PAPS OF JURA FROM ISLAY, INNER HEBRIDES PIC: VisitScotland/ Paul Tomkins

Islay Hotels

Bridgend Hotel, Bridgend, central Isla

Rating: 4 out of 3.

3 Star Hotel

A friendly hotel opened a century and a half ago in the village of Bridgend in the centre of Islay with a lovely garden.  The popular Restaurant offers Islay shellfish, game and lamb from Islay Estates and their bars stock local whiskies, ales and gin.  A stay at the Hotel gives you access to Islay Estates’ trout fishing; boats can be reserved on several lochs or bank fishing arranged.  Your trout can even be cooked for you!  11 individually decorated en-suite bedrooms.  Dogs welcome in bedrooms and bar.


The Machrie Hotel, by Port Ellen

Rating: 3 out of 3.

3 Star Hotel

The Machrie sits on 7 miles of pristine beach, which guests can access via a private footpath. After extensive refurbishment, the hotel re-opened in 2018 with 47 stylish en-suite bedrooms (including 7 lodge rooms & suites) on the ground or first floor with views of the island’s peat moss, the Mull of Oa or the golf course with the Atlantic Ocean beyond.  The restaurant and bar with outdoor terrace also have panoramic views of the ocean and the acclaimed Machrie Links golf course.  The hotel’s lobby lounge opens out to the central courtyard serving afternoon tea and evening drinks.  There is a spa, sauna and gym.  A Campbell Gray Hotel.


Port Charlotte Hotel, Port Charlotte

Rating: 4 out of 4.

4 Star Hotel

A comfortable, family run hotel, bar and a’la carte restaurant with 10 en-suite bedrooms located in the centre of an attractive conservation village.  Port Charlotte village, built around 1830, is a small hamlet of whitewashed stone houses and sits on the west shore of Loch Indaal. There are lovely sea views with fine dining and bar meals, a comfortable residents’ lounge, conservatory and patio area overlooking the bay, and access to the sandy beach.  Diners can also choose to eat in the conservatory or bar with bistro-style meals.  The public bar sometimes hosts live music sessions featuring Celtic tunes and folk music and singing.  Dogs welcome in bedrooms.


Ballygrant Inn & Restaurant, Ballygrant

A relaxed, family run, Inn offering comfortable accommodation, local food in its restaurant, an award-winning selection of over 400 malt whiskies, a whisky lounge, residents’ lounge and 7 en-suite bedrooms. Just outside the small village of Ballygrant, 3 miles from Port Askaig ferry terminal, the Inn is set in 2.5 acres of its own grounds off the main road, with attractive gardens, enclosed by heather clad moor and natural woodlands. 


The Islay Hotel, Port Ellen

Nestled in the village of Port Ellen from where CalMac ferries sail to and from Kennacraig, the hotel was completely rebuilt and reopened by 2012 with 13 en-suite bedrooms, a dining room serving fresh local produce and whisky bar with a plentiful selection of Islay whiskies.  There are a choice of room sizes – silver, gold and platinum.  Lift to 1st floor. 1 room available for disabled guests with a wet room.  Located in the south of the island, there is a scenic walking path to Laphroaig, Lagavulin & Ardbeg distilleries.


Islay Guest Houses and B&Bs

Lambeth House B&B, Jamieson Street, Bowmore

Rating: 4 out of 4.

4 Star B&B

Lovely hospitality provided by very welcoming hosts.  Situated in the centre of Bowmore with 6 double/twin en-suite bedrooms on the first floor and ground floor.  The house is within walking distance to the historical Round Church, and shops, restaurants, visitor information office and other amenities are close by.  The Bowmore Hotel is across the street, there may sometimes be noise, if this a concern, request a rear or side room.


An Cuan B&B, Jamieson Street, Bowmore

A comfortable guest house in the heart of Bowmore village.  An Cuan means the ocean or narrow sea inlet (pronounced un cou’ an).  4 en-suite bedrooms with sea or garden views (3 doubles and 1 twin), access is by stairs.  Free on street parking is available.


Lyrabus Croft B&B, by Bridgend

Set in the middle of Islay between the villages of Bridgend & Bruichladdich (3 miles/5 km from each) on a working croft.  3 en-suite bedrooms on the first floor (14 stairs & turn).  It is just minutes from the sandy shores of Lochindaal and a short drive from the RSPB Loch Gruinart Nature Reserve and Bruichladdich Distillery.  They also have self catering in the original croft house.


Laphroaig View Guest House, by Port Ellen

Built in 2010 and situated on a working farm just outside Port Ellen on the south coast of Islay.  Only minutes along the road are the world famous Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg distilleries.  Private parking and a secure garage for bikes or camping gear, etc.  Large south facing lounge/breakfast room and patio.  3 en-suite bedrooms upstairs and a ground floor family bedroom with a large bathroom across the hallway for private use (with bath & separate shower) with doors leading out to the paved patio. 


Island of Jura

The magical Isle of Jura is famous for deer, whisky, walking, wilderness, peace, scenery and warm hospitality. The 5 minutes car ferry operates from Port Askaig on Islay across the Sound of Jura to Feolin on Jura with regular sailings every day.  Jura is also famous as the location where George Orwell wrote his book, 1984.  Jura makes for a lovely day trip but is also so nice to stay for 1, 2 or more nights.  There are also Jura Boat Tours to get up close to the world’s 3rd largest whirlpool, Corryvreckan.

https://www.islayinfo.com/jura-ferry.html
https://jurawhisky.com/en/distillery/our-tours/
http://www.juraboattours.co.uk/tours/corryvreckan/

The Jura Hotel

The Jura Hotel in the peaceful village of Craighouse is the perfect place from which to explore the island with breathtaking views across the water and is metres from the world-famous Jura Distillery.  It has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with 17 bedrooms, many with sea views, restaurant, lounges and the island’s only pub.  The bedrooms do not have TVs and almost all Guests say they enjoy their absence. Free wifi is available, there is a comfortable television lounge and a library with books to borrow during your stay.

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