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Bridgend Hotel

Bridgend, Scotland
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Bridgend Hotel
Ranked #1 of 5 hotels in Islay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We first encountered Bridgend Hotel in March when we left it a bit late for lunch on a sunny afternoon and bumped into Lorna outside the hotel. She suggested getting some filled rolls from Jimmy's and a cake from the lounge to enjoy in the sunshine which we duly did. This time, on a short visit to Islay, we popped... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
43 hotel reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Apologies for the delay in reviewing our stay. It's been a busy couple of months. The Bridgend Islay was absolutely fantastic. We loved everything about the place. Location, rooms, ambiance and of course the food. Lorna is a fantastic hostess and her passion for the hotel and Islay is apparent. Nothing is too much trouble. She made us feel like... More

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William I, Factor, Islay Estates at Bridgend Hotel, responded to this review

From our point of view it was Casper who was the star attraction. We love well behaved dogs, particularly those with character. I have mentioned in a previous post that we prefer them not to yap constantly and sit on your knee - not that Casper was guilty of this, it just helps set the ground rules. Islay is a... More

Stirling, Scotland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had lunch here and it was superb. The place and setting is lovely and we were shown around by the manageress. Food was stunning and a definite must visit place on Islay. The gardens are beautiful too and sitting in the sun having lunch was perfect.

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William I, Factor, Islay Estates at Bridgend Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for such a lovely comment. When the sun shines on Islay - as it has done quite a bit this year - there is nowhere more beautiful in the world. It has a certain charm when it's raining too... Please do come and visit us - we have seating in Katie's Bar, the restaurant and the garden -... More

Stratford-Upon-Avon, England
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

It started with the lady who took our orders - quick, efficient and friendly. The oysters seemed obligatory having seen them harvested earlier and were wonderful. The venison was good, though the sea bass dish could have been more substantial. The poached pears with the chocolate fondant were really different and tasty. The strawberries and meringue disappeared..,

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William I, Factor, Islay Estates at Bridgend Hotel, responded to this review

There are several other good restaurants on Islay so I hope that anyone reading this doesn't get the wrong impression of the island. Of course we like to think that we are the best, however subjective a view this may be!! Thank you for this review - we do try to produce a consistently high level of service and Lorna... More

Bordeaux, France
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We stayed there one night during the fèis ìle. They were very busy. But very helphull to. Very friendly. It's a very Nice place with a beautifull garden and a very good restaurant. A very good place. Room was quiet, ans cosy.

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William I, Factor, Islay Estates at Bridgend Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for such a glowing review. I am so glad that you enjoyed the festival – the weather helped enormously. Whilst I repeatedly say that Bridgend is a great place to see Islay from, we already have a number of bookings for next year’s whisky festival so don’t hang around because we will fill up quickly. Or come another... More

Nantucket, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I stayed at the Bridgend Hotel in late April 2014. It was excellent in every way, from the good food to the very accommodating staff. Lorna McKechnie and her staff were helpful and very friendly. The hotel is in a good location on Islay as it is at the junction of the the east and west parts of the island.... More

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William I, Factor, Islay Estates at Bridgend Hotel, responded to this review

I’m not sure how to respond to this review except to say thank you for such lovely comments. For those who don’t know Islay too well, there is a fabulous golf course at The Machrie which is a 15 minute drive from Bridgend; you really need to be quite good at golf to get the best from it but as... More

Bedford, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We went to this hotel for dinner. It was our second visit after so enjoying our first. The food was still quite good but the service very slow. It was a good half hour after arriving before our order was taken and a further 30 minutes at least before our food arrived. Occasionally during that time a waitress appeared with... More

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William I, Factor, Islay Estates at Bridgend Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review – we clearly got it right at your first visit but it is a great disappointment to have let you down on your return. It is easy for us to say that this is the busiest time of year – we know what’s coming and should be better prepared. However,... More

Linlithgow, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Dropped in past this establishment for some lunch after arriving at Port Askaig on route to Port Ellen. Simple and wholesome food served by respectful staff...what more do you want. When on Islay...give this place a try

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William I, Factor, Islay Estates at Bridgend Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for this kind review - it is getting quite busy on Islay so please phone ahead for a table and we'll fit you in if we can. I hope you managed to drop in on your way back to Port Askaig! Bridgend Hotel is very well situated at the heart of Islay - a great place to base... More

Rothesay, Scotland, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

After a failed camping attempt (due to the weather) we were rescued and taken care of by Lorna and her staff at short notice. With two cold and tired children, we were welcomed by all the staff without exception, warmed up by the fire and given a delicious dinner. Nothing was too much trouble, they even took the baby for... More

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William I, Factor, Islay Estates at Bridgend Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for such a great review - as it comes from someone with a lot of local experience this is particularly complimentary as there are a lot of other good places about. If you want a cheap, challenging and somewhat risky holiday then go camping! We al love the outdoors and the satisfaction of cooking over a camp fire... More

Durham, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

This is a centrally located hotel on the Island,where we were warmly welcomed by Lorna the hotel manager.We enjoyed our stay very much as all the staff were very friendly and nothing was a trouble.We enjoyed good food in Katie's Bar and an evening drink in a very comfortable lounge. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel,we do actually intend... More

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William I, Factor, Islay Estates Company at Bridgend Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for writing this review - our 150th for the Hotel! I am so glad that you were able to enjoy Katie's Bar - this has been set up for relaxed eating in a straightforward and welcoming bar named after a very long-serving barmaid. We also have an excellent restaurant with a more sophisticated menu that will... More

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Address: Bridgend, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Islay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Also Known As:
Bridgend Hotel Islay, Scotland

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Bridgend Hotel is a traditional coaching inn situated at the heart of Islay. It is ideally situated for exploring the island and provides a welcoming and comfortable place to stay where the aim is to provide the best of Islay produce. ... more   less 
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