Lighthouses and lochs. Flowers and fishing boats. Prehistoric forts and peaty malts. There are plenty of good reasons to visit Islay.
Known as the Queen of the Hebrides, this island has all of the wildlife and scenery you could wish for, plus surprisingly mild Gulfstream weather.
And if you’re going to explore the sights, you might as well pick a landmark hotel as your base. Ideally, one that boasts one of the world’s most famous whisky bars…
The Lochside at Bowmore is a true Islay institution. Its tranquil conservatory restaurant offers beautiful views across the harbour and Loch Indaal, while the whisky bar, Duffie’s, is known worldwide.
The 12 newly refurbished ensuite bedrooms are all the creative vision of renowned Scottish Designer, Ronald MacColl. Each includes a stunning ensuite bathroom, toiletries, free wifi, a flat-screen TV and a hospitality tray.
One or two-night stay
Available seven days until the end of February 2020, this Big Deal on a peaceful island stay has three options:
Option one is for an overnight stay for two with a full Scottish breakfast. Option two adds on a two-course set menu dinner. Option three adds on an extra night, with dinner on the first night.
You can also upgrade to a deluxe sea view room for £10 per night.
Dine with a loch view
The restaurant at The Lochside prides itself ourselves on bringing local produce straight from land and sea onto your plate.
With options two and three, you can dine on two courses from the set menu. Typical mains include penne pasta with blue cheese & walnut sauce; home-style beef lasagne, and Islay beer-battered haddock with chips.
Here is an example of the kind of review that has earned The Lochside Hotel on Islay a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence:
‘Perfect place to stay, very friendly staff. Perfect place to be, nice food, nice drinks and perfect staff. The whisky menu is enormous and very good price. The hotel room was very clean and spacious. I would definitely stay again on my next stay. Everything was just perfect.’ 5/5
Whisk someone off to an island
A hotel break always makes a thrilling Christmas gift, but an island escape really doubles down on the romance factor.
At The Lochside Hotel you can cosy up together with single malts in the famous whisky bar, stroll along the harbour and dine in the conservatory restaurant.
So why not surprise your other half with this Big Deal and let Islay work its own special magic on you both in the new year…?