The Lochside is an Islay institution: a privately owned hotel with a bustling restaurant and a lounge that has been recognised as one of the great whisky bars of the world. With 12 newly refurbished ensuite bedrooms available all year, the lochside really is the heart of bowmore.
Now under new management by Neil Morrison (Macgochans-Tobermory) and refurbished in January 2016 by renowned Scottish Designer Ronald MacColl, the Lochside has been transformed back into its glory days with an establishment to suit the service and warm welcome we provide.
Our Menus are based on everything local, and we pride ourselves on using produce straight from the sea or land to your plate. Local crab, langoustines, scallops, mussels and oysters all feature regularly on the Lochside’s summer menus, alongside halibut from the neighbouring island of Gigha, prime steaks, racks and shanks of lamb, as well as old favourites like fish and chips and Steak and Islay Ale pie.
Our dining conservatory offers some of the best views on Islay, overlooking Bowmore’s picturesque harbour and Loch Indaal. We also offer a fabulous selection of local and rare whisky, Islay ales on draught and a stunning wine list to suit all palates.
Recognised as one of the great whisky bars of the world, our menu features over 300 bottles which can be enjoyed in the relaxed atmosphere of the Lounge Bar, the more traditional Pub setting of Duffie’s bar, or over dinner in the restaurant overlooking Loch Indaal.
From the teenage spirit of Ardbeg’s Very Young to the mature flavours of a 42-year-old Black Bowmore, the Lochside’s cellars showcase the fascinating range of styles which underpins the global love affair with Scotland’s national drink.
Flowers and fishing boats. Heritage and History. Islay is rich in things to do and see, all year round.
With Bowmore virtually next door and Islay’s other seven distilleries all within easy reach, the Lochside is a good base for anyone drawn to the island by the unique flavours of its peaty nectar.
The hotel is 100m from Bowmore Distillery and it’s state-of-the-art visitor centre, the perfect place to start getting to grips with what makes Islay single malt singularly special.