We were a group of friends who, after talking about it for a long time, popped up to Islay for a weekend and a bit of a whisky pilgrimmage. We debated about various places to stay, and although the Island Bear was very new, and not yet reviewed on tripadvisor or by the tourism board we were very lucky that Bobby had room for our reasonable sized group.
The place is perfectly located in Bowmore to allow easy access to the any region of the island, and very easy to find on the main street (although Bowmore pretty small anyway!). The rooms themselves were absolutely lovely, and you can tell Bobby has worked tremendously hard on them. As we took up each room that Bobby had, I can vouch that they are all a decent enough size and all well appointed. Most importantly they were comfortable.
Bobby whipped us up a fantastic breakfast each day and was very helpful both leading up to our visit and during. We will definitely be trying to get back to Islay, and I will be doing my best to make sure Bobby has room for us again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Island Bear bed and breakfast is an ideal place to stay on your visit to Islay. Centrally located on Shore Street in Bowmore it is easy to find and is perfectly positioned for all the necessary holiday conveniences. The Island Bear is open all year. The Island Bear is not big but we feel this enables us to give you more individual attention. We have 3 en-suite bedrooms - two doubles and one twin/double, and a large dining and lounge room which gives you plenty of room to enjoy your breakfast or relax in comfort after a busy day. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Island Bear Bed And Breakfast Bowmore, Islay