Centrally located in Port Ellen, the Islay Hotel offers bright and spacious rooms close to some of the island’s most well-known distilleries as well as a host of historical sites and wildlife-spotting locations.
Conveniently located for exploring the island, the Bridgend Hotel sits in tiny Bridgend village at the junction of Islay’s two main roads. The attractive stone building is surrounded by a large, well-tended garden and the owners pride themselves on their warm and friendly hospitality, a craft honed over decades as the hotel has been owned by the same family since 1854.
Furnished with local artwork on the walls, open fireplaces and tartan-style carpets or slate floors, the lounge, bar and restaurant have a bright and welcoming atmosphere. The hotel is highly-regarded for its food and is a popular dining choice for Islay residents with menus revolving around local meats, vegetables and seafood.
The hotel has 11 individually-decorated rooms, all of which differ in size and layout. The contemporary but classically elegant decor teams pale walls and carpets with splashes of vibrancy in the soft furnishings. The hotel is part of the Islay Estates and offers loch or bank fishing and the option to have your catch cooked for dinner.
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The hotel’s 11 rooms are individually decorated and offer contemporary elegance with high-quality furniture and rugs, photos or local artwork, and predominantly white or cream decor with accents of ocean blues, moss greens or golden sands in the curtains, bed throws or cushions. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities accompanied by a complimentary tablet (a grainy Scottish fudge). Most rooms have a shower over the bath, although a few have separate showers, and all have TV and Wi-Fi.
The hotel is set just off the main road which runs from Port Askaig to Port Ellen, making it a great location for exploring the island. It is just a five-minute drive to Bowmore and 20-minutes’ drive to Port Ellen. Bridgend itself is a tiny hamlet which has just one small shop situated in a fuel station.
Food and drink
The Bridgend offers two dining options, in addition to a bar which stocks a wide range of local gins and whiskies. Katie’s Bar has a casual bar menu available at lunch or dinner, while The Restaurant serves an à la carte menu which promotes local ingredients such as Argyll beef and lamb, venison from the Islay Estate, and local fish and seafood wherever possible.
We thought the friendliness of the staff and the delicious food here really made the Bridgend Hotel stand out.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Overlooking Loch Indaal from the north, this country retreat has offers traditional and elegantly refined rooms within a historic manor house. A variety of countryside activities can be arranged by the hotel, including fishing, hiking and stalking.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Explore the Isle of Islay in southwest Scotland on a full-day tour that looks into its early-Christian settlements, traditional way of life and long history of whisky making with visits to local sights, museums and distilleries.
Spot a wild variety of birdlife, seals, goats and possibly dolphins and basking sharks on this two-hour tour off the coast of Islay. Join a small group for a great introduction to the region, with expert commentary by one of the islanders.