We are planning to do the trip in march, and we have sorted out what destilleries to visit. What we need now, is to find a good place to stay. Does anyone have a suggestion? We need to accomodate three people, me, my girlfriend and our 7 month old son.
If you have any other suggestions regarding restaurants and things to do, that will also be grately appreciated.
I don't know about costs/charges but she's a top recommendation from John MacLellan, distillery manager at Bunnahabhain.
Have fun kljostad!
Be sure to see the Kildalton Cross, and try to get to Finlaggan, as well. And take a long walk on the Big Strand. I haven't been able to get into the Museum of Islay Life in PC, but it's supposed to be good. Make the loop drive around the Rhinns, and have lunch in the pub in Portnahaven, if you can find it! Leave plenty of time for your tours--don't try to cram too many in on one day--and make the trip to Jura if you can. And leave plenty of time for blether in the shop after your tour of Bruichladdich, especially if Mr McEwan happens to be about.
Enjoy your trip wherever you stay
the lochside is great for a meal too, but book early as its always full, especially at the whisky festival, ( weve booked for 9 the first day of the festival at the lochside, had to book a couple of months ago just to secure a reservation.... )
Thanks for all your great advise! I finally chose the Port Charlotte Hotel. They had a 3-for-2-night offer, so we just had to stay one extra night on Islay to get full value. Oooooh, the pain!
Also thanks for tips regarding restaurants and stuff to do. They where greately appreciated!
Have any of you been to the Kilchoman Destillery? I read about it on their web-pages, and it sounded interesting, so I booked a tour. It is even possible to book a 5 day total destilling experience, but that will have to be for next time.
Di Blasi: I hope to retur to Bergen later this month. I hope to find time to visit your exellent whisky-bar. The last time I where there, the barman played the new Tom Waits album. Whisky+Tom Waits=the Perfect Combination!
you made a fine choice with the Port Charlotte, an excellent hotel. One of the more pricier options but make sure you at least have one evening meal there it is superb. And the whisky selection is amazing, (hope you like your Islay malts).
Another must for evening meal is the Harbour inn, superb, and fantastic views across the Lochindaal. This is right in the heart of Bowmore so you can sample the delights in the Lochside and the Bowmore hotel as well as a tour of the Bowmore distillery.
I also reccomend you contact Christine Logan, as Di Blasi mentioned above as she will provide a tour that no one else could ever. A days touring with her and you will feel like a local in no time. When are you heading out????
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