Nestled on the shore of Loch Indaal in the heart of Bowmore, The Lochside is an Islay institution which has been warmly welcoming locals and visitors since 1884.
Retaining its historic charm, this independently-owned inn now boasts 12 cosy guest rooms, a bustling bar and a stunning restaurant and outdoor terrace overlooking Bowmore’s picturesque harbour and Loch Indaal. We also have four recently-refurbished contemporary rooms in Briarlea House – our beautiful sister property a short three-minute walk from The Lochside. These rooms can be booked individually or for group stays.
Designed to cater for all dining tastes and requirements, The Lochside's menus showcase the abundance of local produce Islay and the surrounding area has to offer, with seafood naturally playing a starring role. Much of our seafood is supplied by local fishermen – from the fresh langoustines delivered straight to our kitchen door to stunning Islay scallops simply served in a caper butter sauce to let the beautiful seafood take centre stage. And there’s a fresh, local flavour running throughout the rest of the menu, from Islay Ale-battered fish and chips or Islay venison steak to our ever-changing catch of the day or Bunnahabhain chocolate cake. We also offer a great selection of lactose free, gluten free and vegetarian dishes on our main menu, alongside a fantastic vegan menu.
Our fantastic wine list is just as impressive – from stunning wines to complement our beautiful fresh seafood to those which pair perfectly with meatier mains. We also have a great selection of gins, including local Islay gins Nerabus, Jukebox and The Botanist as well as Lussa from the neighbouring Isle of Jura; and an excellent range of cold, crisp lagers and local beers.
Islay is, of course, renowned for its whisky, and The Lochside, which is just a stone’s throw from Bowmore Distillery, is home to an incredible collection of over 300 bottles. From the teenage spirit of Ardbeg’s Very Young to the mature flavours of a 42 year old Black Bowmore, The Lochside’s whisky range showcases the fascinating range of styles and flavours that makes Islay whisky so captivating. Our range also captures moments in time – from Bowmore 1979, created from whisky distilled in the 1950s and 1960s and released in 1979 to commemorate Bowmore Distillery’s bicentenary; to more recent Fèis Ìle releases and distillery exclusives.
The Lochside’s central location on Islay makes it the perfect base for exploring all that this beautiful island has to offer; and its distilleries are all within easy reach – from Bowmore, which is just a stone’s throw from The Lochside; to Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila and Ardnahoe in the north of the island; to Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg in the south; to Bruichladdich and Kilchoman in the west; not to mention the short hop over to the Isle of Jura!
And after an action-packed day there’s no better place to relax and unwind than The Lochside - a true home from home with the warmest of welcomes!
Restaurant open from 12noon - 10pm daily
Pub open from 3pm - late daily
Booking is advised for groups of 6+