Port Charlotte

Islay | Village |

[Coastline at Port Charlotte]

Rainy day on Islay but you're not in the mood for a distillery tour? It's probably time to head to Port Charlotte, the biggest settlement in the west of Islay. With the island's two main museums, the village has the best offering of indoor attractions for miles around - with Bruichladdich Distillery also nearby if you decide you need your whisky fix after all. In wet weather you won't see the excellent views across Loch Indaal at their best, but that gives an excuse to come back. Yan's Kitchen used to be one of our favourite lunch spots on the island - sadly it closed in 2018.

[Museum of Islay Life (15/7/16)]

Location & info

📌 Port Charlotte
Islay, G.R.: NR 253582 ///selection.stick.varieties

🚶 The museum and nature centre are both within the tiny village centre. Bruichladdich Distillery is a couple of miles away along a road, so is more pleasantly reached by bus.
🚌 There's a bus service from Bowmore and Port Ellen.

See & do (<1 mi away)

📌 Islay Nature Centre ★★
💬 Visitor centre housing animal, bird and marine specimens as well as fish tanks and information about the island's geology - hands-on elements good for children.
Main Street, 5-min walk north from the village centre, G.R.: NR 253584 ///letter.wonderful.rings
Open weekdays, April to September | £3.50 adult / £2 child

📌 Museum of Islay Life ★★
💬 Exhibitions and displays about life on Islay (duh...), housed in a former church.
Main Street, 5-min walk north from the village centre, G.R.: NR 253586 ///proven.huddled.array
Open daily, May to September; weekdays, April & October (2019) | £4 adult / £1 child (2019)

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Bruichladdich Distillery ★★★★ (2 mi ↑)

[Main street]

[Islay Natural History Centre (15/7/16)]

[Bruichladdich Distillery]

[All this for a tenner at Yan's Kitchen in 2016 (15/7/16)]

[Museum of Islay Life (15/7/16)]

[Port Charlotte (15/7/16)]


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