The Lochside is an Islay institution: an affordable friendly hotel with a bustling restaurant and a lounge that has been recognised as one of the great whisky bars of the world . Ten ensuite bedrooms available all year round in the heart of the island’s capital Bowmore.
From full Scottish breakfasts to dinners of Islay scallops washed down with a bottle of sauvignon blanc, the Lochside kitchen is open all day.
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.
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.