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The Islay Hotel, Port Ellen, Island of Islay

The Islay Hotel is nestled in the fishing village of Port Ellen overlooking the marina and harbour and is an ideal base for exploring Islay, whether you are coming for a walking break, golf holiday, distillery tours or just to relax and unwind.

The Islay Hotel was recently completely rebuilt to the highest standards with 13 rooms, restaurant and Whisky bar. Whilst young, we offer a traditionally friendly welcome.

Food is locally sourced and prepared with care and flair. Coffee, tea and home baking is available all day in the bar, or you can have a dram or a glass of wine in the evening. Local musicians regularly play in the bar (bring an instrument if you want to join in) and impromptu music evenings often produce lasting memories.

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The Islay Hotel – Whats on in March

What’s on at the Islay Hotel

Live music every Friday, good food & drink served every day.

Come along & join us for a show case evening of local meat & seafood, served they way you like it with a choice of side dish & sauce. Ask at reception for a menu.

Book now at info@theislayhotel.com or on 01496300109

About Islay

The Islay Hotel is the most southerly hotel in the Hebrides. The Island is warmed by the gulf stream creating an eventful climate, often truly seeing four seasons in one day !

It is the unique atmosphere of the Hebrides that captures visitors’ imagination – the peace, tranquility and beauty that permeates life on the Island, as well as the panoramic seascapes, wild landscapes, fresh Atlantic air and breadth of wildlife that creates this amazing natural environment. There is a magical sense of romance that leads many visitors to fall in love with Islay – many, including the hotel owner and chef, came for a short visit and ended up staying for good.

Getting here is easy. The Islay hotel is just 200 metres from the Calmac ferry terminal, with daily sailings throughout the year from Kennacraig, on the Mull of Kintyre. The Islay Hotel is a 10 minute taxi ride from Islay airport, with daily flights from Glasgow with Flybe.

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Short Breaks

Short Breaks

Come and visit Islay on a short break with a selection of packages and offers to stay at the Islay Hotel at all times of the year.


Islay Whisky

With 8 world famous distilleries on Islay, including 3 within 3 miles of the hotel, take the chance to explore the Islay Whisky heritage.

Late Availability

Late Availability

Take a look at our Late Availability page for the latest last minute deals on stays and short breaks at The Islay Hotel.

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What’s On

Festival Time

Special events and festivals on Islay through the year.

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Christmas Breaks

Come and stay on Islay for Christmas or Hogmanay.

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Late Availability

Late availability offers at The Islay Hotel.

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Our Environment

We have our own ground source heating, providing sustainable warmth to the whole hotel. Take a look at our Environmental Policy..

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Islay Distillery Tours

Take a tour of the world famous distilleries on Islay, with 8 to choose from and 3 within 3 miles. We even have a special package inclusive of a tour of the Ardbeg Distillery.

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