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4.0 of 5 Inn   |   The Square | Isle of Islay, Bowmore, Scotland
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The Harbour Inn
Ranked #8 of 13 Bowmore B&B and Inns
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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Harbour Inn is a very nice hotel. Everything was clean, and pleasant. It is located in a very sleepy part of town, but the entire island of Islay is quiet. Alison gave us excellent customer service, and she is a true professional. Beware, dinner priced are very high, though!

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Moscow, Russia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We were staying here with our 4 years daughter and everything went fine. Nice rooms, friendly stuff, great breakfast , this is out best price quality stay in UK. Delicious food in restaurant and nice bar downstairs.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Stayed just one night. Very friendly and welcoming manager. Luxurious room with patio and great view over the harbour and bay. Clean and very comfortable. Staff very attentive. We were made to feel valued guests.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The Harbour Inn is in a central location on Islay and the welcome and hospitality here are great. I recently stayed here for 3 nights with my Dad and Brother and the rooms were comfortable and stylish. I had a window seat overlooking the front of the hotel and the views are lovely. I could even see the famous round... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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41 hotel reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

There are a few hotels in Islay but the Harbour Inn is by far the best in terms of location, facilities and services. The room we had did have a nice view out over the water but it was quite small for the cost made for the room (£135). Breakfast was very good in terms of choice and quality of... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We stayed for one night at the Harbour Inn during the very busy Islay Feis Festival and the entire experience was faultless and just wonderful. From a warm Islay-style welcome to friendly serving staff, excellent, locally sourced food in the dining room which overlooks the loch to great whisky. It was an exceptional experience. Our room was perfect, we enjoyed... More

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7 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Popped in for a drink and some food. The staff providing a beer an G n T took so long, it should have prepared us for the general appalling service to follow. Menus were virtually thrown on to the table beside us! We opted for a chowder and a plate of haggis with fried egg. The chowder was poor; potato... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We spent 3 nights at the Harbour Inn and enjoyed the experience very much. The staff were friendly and helpful and the food in the restaurant was varied and tasty. We had room 6 which led out onto a patio with a view of the harbour and unlike a previous reviewer found it charming, but then WE did not go... More

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66 reviews 66 reviews
44 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We stayed at the Harbour Inn at the end of August and although our stay was pleasant it lacked the 'wow' factor! Our room in the Inn Over By was small for the price and the decor was fairly basic. We enjoyed the breakfast selection and afternoon tea. Evening meals were generally well cooked, but nothing special. The best meal... More

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Windhoek, Namibia
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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

We stayed here during the whisky festival and really enjoyed it. Our room was one of the larger ones which was lovely, but there are some smaller ones without a shower (bath only). The building is old and doesn't have standard size rooms, which is part of its charm, but you should probably ask in advance for details of the... More

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Address: The Square | Isle of Islay, Bowmore, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Islay > Bowmore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Harbour Inn 4*
Also Known As:
Harbour Hotel Bowmore
The Harbour Inn Bowmore, Islay

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Experience the incomparable loveliness of the Inner Hebrides - visit ISLAY – a destination for all seasons. Let the loveliness of this beautiful island wash over you – and experience the special atmosphere that is part of Islay's heritage – “Islay and its goodbye to care“ Whatever the weather and whatever the time of year, there is always the added attraction to Islay that comes from visiting an island – the feeling that you are cut off from the rest of the world – yet , it's much closer than you can imagine.And here, at The Harbour Inn Hotel and Restaurant, we hope to be part of that overall experience – offering superb accommodation, high quality award winning food and excellent service. ... more   less 
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