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The Inns Over-by Self Catering Islay Accommodation - for guests who prefer self catering cottages
Quote from a previous AA Guide ... Any trip to Islay would not be complete without experiencing a night or two at the Harbour Inn. Don't be deceived by the humble whitewashed exterior; this hotel provides a sophisticated, quality environment that draws discerning travellers from all over the world. Spacious bedrooms have been refurbished to a high standard and a new conservatory lounge provides stunning views over Loch Indaal to the towering peaks of Jura. A cosy bar is popular with locals whilst the smart dining room showcases some of the finest seafood in British waters. Peat burning fires welcome guests in cooler months.
ABOUT THE HARBOUR INN
The main page shows a ships wheel device as the menu with a photo of the hotel and Islay atop a background of a map. The Harbour Inn and Restaurant logo is a three masted schooner. The top photo shows the harbour.
How To Find us
Map of West Coast of Scotland with cameo map of Islay, showing the location of the Harbour Inn (see www.milford.co.uk)
We are closer than you can imagine islay hotel top
Caledonian Macbrayne operate the two hour crossing from Kennacraig, on the northern end of the Mull of Kintyre, which runs twice daily throughout the year with additional sailings during the summer months.
For details of timetable and to make bookings telephone any of the following numbers:
+44 (0) 1990 650100 (Gourock)
+44 (0) 1880 730253 (Kennacraig)
Book online www.calmac.co.uk (link to this site)
British Airways run a scheduled 35 minute service Monday to Saturday from Glasgow International Airport.
For details of timetable and to make bookings telephone any of the following numbers;
+44 (0) 8708 509850 (BA)
+44 (0) 1496 302022 (Islay Airport)
Book online www.ba.com (link to this site)
Bowmore is virtually in the centre of the island and very easy to reach from both ferry terminals – Port Askaig and Port Ellen - and Islay Airport.
The Harbour Inn is located on The Square at the bottom of Main Street, the road leading down from the famous Round Church.
Available from D & N Mackenzie Tel/Fax +44 (0) 1496 302300/302324
The Harbour Inn Hotel & Restaurant
Our award winning restaurant at the Harbour Inn Islay is widely recommended featuring the freshest of local produce from our Islay larder including;
· game in season
· prime beef and succulent lamb
· imaginative vegetarian dishes
· seafood delivered directly from our local fishermen including the famous Loch Gruinart oysters.
With our full range of Islay single malt whiskies together with our fine wine list to complement your “ Taste of Islay “ experience, we hope to give you an extra memory to take home.
At lunchtime we offer a more casual dining experience in our Harbour Restaurant and we also serve “ Lite Bites “ in our Conservatory Lounge or Schooner Bar.
A wide choice of picnic lunches are available to suit your own requirements.
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AA 2 Red Rosettes VisitScotland 3 Medalions Good Hotel Guide 2004
Whether your interests are with the island’s beautiful natural environment, the vast numbers of birds and wildlife or the world’s finest single malt whiskies, The Harbour Inn is the ideal base from which to explore this fine island.
There are many locations of historic interest, some dating back to the Iron Age and others relating to the turbulent times in Scottish history when the “ Lord of the Isles “ were engaged in contesting ownership of western Scotland. Interesting visits may include the Mueseam of Islay Life located in the picturesque conservation village of Port Charlotte where you will also find the Wildlife Field Centre. At the Islay Woollen Mill, near Bridgend, visitors and see an original working mill in action.
Islay is a bird watchers paradise be it the barnacle geese or the elusive corncrake to name bur two. Guided bird watching tours can be arranged.
We can also arrange; fly (salmon and trout ) and sea fishing , pony trekking, clay pigeon shooting, stalking, island tours and distillery visits (and why not try your hand at peat-cutting as well)
Golf can be arranged on the island’s challenging 18 hole championship links course at Machrie.
All our residents have free use of the local leisure Centre, situated 100 metres from the hotel featuring heated swimming pool, gym, sauna and sunbed.
Day trips include a visit to the neighbouring island of Jura where red deer roam in their thousands.
And of course there are the seven working distilleries who welcome visitors with a complimentary dram…..
( photos of Kildalton Cross, Finlaggan, a distillery, golf course on main pages)
The Harbour Inn
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Let the loveliness of ISLAY wash over you – and experience the special atmosphere that is part of Islay’s heritage – “ Islay and its goodbye to care “
Whatever the weather and whatever the time of year, there is always the added attraction to Islay that comes from visiting an island – the feeling that you are cut off from the rest of the world – yet , its much closer than you can imagine.
And here, at The Harbour Inn and Restaurant, we hope to be part of that overall experience – offering superb accommodation, high quality award winning food and excellent service.
ISLAY is a diamond shaped jewel located just of the west coast of Scotland. Known as the “ Queen of the Hebrides “ and steeped in romantic history, the island of Islay offers the perfect location to relax, unwind and enjoy some of the many activities and spectacular scenery to be found in this unique corner of the British Isles.
Enjoy the wide unspoilt machirs with their miles of sandy beaches; the vast heather moorlands, home to numerous species of wild life and fauna, the attractive white washed villages that hug the extensive coastline or simply experiencing the atmosphere that is part of Islay’s heritage – “ Islay and its goodbye to care “
This is one of those special places, which has outstanding appeal. With pure clean air and unspoilt water and spectacular scenery it is an ideal destination for those just wishing to escape from everyday life.
The island's offers the hill-walker a splendid choice of excursions; it is internationally famous for its numerous species of bird life; the immensely challenging 18 hole links course at Machrie will test the best of golfers and of course there are the wonderful beaches washed clean by the relentless Atlantic surf.
Isla’s landscape is full of poignant reminders of the island’s past, from the enigmatic standing stones and cairns of antiquity, the ruined castles with their history of bloody battles fought, to the shepherds cottages abandoned within living memory.
On the west side of the island, the sea rollers surge relentlessly, reminders of the power of nature. Islay’s weather can be over powering, whether in the full blow of a winter storm or in the amazing shimmering light of Loch Indaal on a long hot clear summers day.
The seven working distilleries on the island are very pleased to welcome visitors throughout the year with many offering a complimentary dram….
Whatever the weather and whatever the time of year – the isolation is invigorating and refreshing….and addictive.
“ be quietly bewitched by Islay “
There are several distilleries on the island and the hotel stocks a selection fine malts and blended whiskies. Please note that whiskey is the Irish variety of the drink.
The hotel provides luxury 5 star AA Islay accommodation and lodgings for birdwatching and birdspotting as well as professionally guided birdwatching tours and landrover safaris. You can check our 5 star rating and two rosettes for restaurant food and cuisine at http://www.theaa.com
Winner of the Seafood Restaurant of the Year
AA 2 Red Rosettes for Food and Service
Good Hotel Guide 2006
AA 4 Diamond Accommodation
Egon Ronay Restaurant Guide
Situated adjacent to Bowmore harbour, our small family run hotel offers superb accommodation, high quality award winning food and excellent service.
As a base for touring Islay – described by the Lord of the Isles as “ The Jewel of the Hebrides “ – the hotel’s location is unique with many areas of natural beauty within a easy drive.
All bedrooms have excellent en-suite facilities and are furnished to a very high standard, some have views over the water towards the Isle of Jura.
Relax in individually decorated, warm and comfortable rooms; all have controllable heating, bathtubs and some have power showers.
There is a choice of double (some with king size beds), twin or family bedrooms.
Each bedroom has direct dial telephone, colour television, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and those extra little touches to make you feel at home.
There is a comfortable cosy lounge, located on the first floor, with lots of books to read, games to play or where you can simply relax and admire the view across the harbour.
The Hotel offers excellent views across the harbour towards the north west corner of Islay and the Paps of Jura can be enjoyed from the spacious ground floor Conservatory Lounge or why not have a dram or two in the reception lounge with its roaring open fire during the cooler winter months.
Harbour Inn Hotel Food and Drink
Our award-winning Restaurant is widely recommended. Our full range of local single malt whiskies combine with our fine wine list to complete your “ Taste of Islay “ experience.
bowmore the capital of of the island, sample fine foods, islay whisky, the whisky trail or even a complte whisky weekends.
There's plenty to do on vacations to this beautiful island ... Birding is always popular ileach. Try the golf club, or find roots on the scottish islands, or travel the scottish hebrides. Ideal for wilderness holidays
Home of the single malt whisky this hebridean hideaway is ideal for a hebridean honeymoon.
Whiskies include : ardbeg, lagavulin, laphroaig, bruichladdich, bunnahabhain, caolila, port ellen.
Celtic history abounds here with celtic crosses in many parts of the Isla.
Lord of the isles
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