Bowmore

[Main Street, Bowmore]

Bowmore is the capital of Islay, its facilities and fairly central location making it one of the best spots from which to explore the whole island. Picturesque rows of white-washed cottages line the steep Main Street, dominated at the uphill end by the Round Church (usually open to visitors), built without corners to leave the devil nowhere to hide. At the lower end of the street is a small harbour on the south-eastern shore of Loch Indaal. The central Bowmore Distillery dates from the 1770's making it one of Scotland's oldest, with the modern visitor centre contrasting with the old-fashioned production areas. Floor malting still happens on-site - now very rare in Scotland - and tours are excellent even by Islay's high standards. In town for dinner? The Lochside (as good as it looks) and Bowmore (better than it looks) hotels both did the trick for us.

[Bowmore Distillery (photo from a few days later)]

Name: Bowmore ☆☆☆
Location: G.R.: NR 311599 ///foggy.promoting.lights

Name: Bowmore Distillery ★★★☆
Description: One of Scotland's oldest (official) distilleries, producing mainly lightly peated whisky.
Location: Bowmore centre, G.R.: NR 310598 ///popular.evolving.coconuts
Open (2018): Daily, April to October; Monday to Saturday, November to March. Booking advised (and compulsory in January & February)
Cost (2018): £7+ depending on tour type

[Bowmore harbour (photo from a few days later)]

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