[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 southeastern shore of Loch Indaal. The central Bowmore Distillery dates from the 1770s 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 (15/7/16)]

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

Within walking distance

📌 Bowmore Distillery ★★★☆
Description: One of Scotland's oldest (official) distilleries, producing mainly lightly peated whisky.
Location: Bowmore village centre, G.R.: NR 310598 ///popular.evolving.coconuts
Open (2019): Daily, early March to late October; Monday to Saturday, late October to early March with a break over Christmas & early January. Booking advised.
Cost (2019): £10+ depending on tour type

[Bowmore harbour (15/7/16)]


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