New Owners at the Harbour Inn, Islay – Scotch Whisky News

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New owners at the Harbour Inn, Islay 

Morrison Bowmore Distiller’s are pleased to announce that they have taken ownership of The Harbour Inn on the beautiful whisky island of Islay. The award-winning hotel and restaurant boasts seven en suite bedrooms and is a popular destination for both visitors and island residents alike. 

Recently refurbished, this old whitewashed inn by the harbour has been brought up-to-date with stylish bedrooms and a conservatory with spectacular views across Loch Indaal towards Jura. The award winning restaurant features local quality produce, showcasing the rich ‘Taste of Islay ‘. 

The Harbour Inn becomes a welcome addition to the Bowmore family, joining the Bowmore Visitor Centre and Distillery as well as luxury self catering cottages on the island. 

Visitor Centre Operations and Development Manager Anne Kinnes said “In growing the Bowmore business to include the Harbour Inn, this is a very exciting time for us. We are looking forward to the opportunity of welcoming guests to experience our world class service on Islay.”  

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The Harbour Inn and Bowmore Distillery Cottages Situated adjacent to Bowmore harbour, The Harbour Inn offers superb accommodation, high quality award winning food and excellent service. As a base for touring Islay – described by the Lord of the Isles as “ The Jewel of the Hebrides “ – the hotel’s location is unique with many areas of natural beauty within an easy drive.  

Located within or beside the distillery complex, the Bowmore Distillery Cottages encapsulate Islay at its beautiful, peaceful and traditional best – all beautifully renovated to luxury Visit Scotland standard. 


The best-balanced Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the perfect reward after your outdoor experience. Founded in 1779, Bowmore is the oldest Distillery on Islay, one of the Scottish isles, which make up the region known as the ‘Islands’ in the lexicon of Whisky. The other regions are the Highlands, Speyside and the Lowlands. Islay malts are famous for their characteristic smokiness and Bowmore is no exception; we carefully smoke our malt and use skills handed down from generation to generation to craft a perfectly balanced Single Malt. 

Bowmore’s adherence to traditional production methods helps to shape the character of our Single Malts. We’re one of only a few distilleries anywhere which still produces its own floor malted barley, hand-turned by traditional wooden malt shovel and hand drawn machinery. For our whiskies we draw water from the Laggan River, with its rich peaty overtones, and it’s the same Islay peat that fires the malt-drying kiln. 

Bowmore Distillery’s close proximity to the sea is also vital in determining the final character of our spirit. The legendary Bowmore No. 1 Vaults is where most of our whiskies spend their long lives resting quietly in the cool, dark, damp cellars below sea level, oblivious to the waves thrashing the Vault’s sea-facing wall. 

They mature in oak casks, previously used for bourbon, sherry or claret, gradually developing rich and mellow flavours. 

It’s this combination of peat, barley, sea breeze, water, wood, people and tradition that together create the perfectly balanced warm and smoky character of Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. 

The Bowmore domestic product range: 

• Bowmore Small Batch

• Bowmore 12 Years Old

• Bowmore 15 Years Old ‘Darkest’

• Bowmore 18 Years Old

• Bowmore 25 Years Old 


Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, and is also known as “The Queen of the Hebrides.” Its mild climate and rich peaty soil make it ideal for creating whisky, and despite having a population of not much more than 3,000, it is home to no fewer than eight working distilleries.AA Harbour Inn Interior

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