Known as “the Queen of Hebrides”, this comparatively remote part of Scotland is a hotbed of whisky-making (the island constitutes one of the five scotch-making regions of the country all by itself). I have been to all of the active distilleries on the island, the descriptions of which can be found here.
There are a few other points of interest on Islay, of which I only managed to see Kildalton Cross ♥, one of the finest early Christian artifacts dating from the 8th century. It is located out of the way of the main roads, but is worth a look on balance.
I also planned to take a look at the American Monument and at the Finlaggan historic site, but the rain that accompanied our stay on Islay prevented that.
Places to Eat (or Drink)
Harbor Inn ♥♥♥, in Bowmore, was a semi-random choice for breakfast that led to a repeat visit. Fantastic coastal view from the dining room and engaging staff provided a good backdrop to an excellent choice of food, at £12 per person for full breakfast, including buffet, hot drinks, and table orders. Last visit: Spring 2018.
Bridgend Hotel & Restaurant ♥ is welcoming, with a peaceful ambiance. We were offered drinks in a lounge, and then had a good if not exceptional meal in the dining room. Fish soup was fantastic. Last visit: Spring 2018.
Bowmore Hotel ♥ has purportedly the liveliest bar on the island, in addition to a reasonable restaurant. We only took advantage of the former – and it was not too crowded even on a football night.