As well as being a great base for a tour of Islay’s distilleries, the Lochside is also the perfect spot to deepen your knowledge of all things Malt. The bespoke bar in the whisky lounge is home to an extensive collection of fine and rare Islay whiskies. 

Want to study the difference between spirit produced in bourbon, claret or sherry casks?
Wonder what the acclaimed whisky produced at Port Ellen distillery before its closure in 1983 tastes like?
Did you miss out on any of the special bottlings for the annual Malt and Music Festival?

A night at the Lochside provides conoisseurs with a fabulous opportunity to assess how the island’s distillers each produce their own distinctive expressions of the peat-infused water of life.

From the teenage spirit of Ardbeg’s Very Young to the mature flavours of a 42-year-old Black Bowmore, the Lochside’s cellars contain a vast range of bottles showcasing the fascinating range of styles which underpins the global love affair with Scotland’s national drink.