Islay and Jura are beautiful Hebridean islands. From the gentle landscape and stunning beaches of Islay to the mountains and wild coastline of Jura, these islands offer incredible views at every turn. They also provide a fabulous culinary experience, with world-class whiskies, the freshest local seafood and plenty of great places to eat out. So why not tuck into a feast of food and drink while enjoying the views? Here are five places on Islay and Jura where you can eat out with a view. There are plenty more to discover too!
The Illicit Still, Ardnahoe Distllery
Ardnahoe is Islay’s newest distillery. It’s situated on Islay’s north east coast, close to Bunnahabhain and Caol Ila distilleries, with panoramic views across the Sound of Islay to Jura. The distillery’s café, the Illicit Still, has been carefully designed to make the most of the surrounding countryside and views. The glass fronted bar and adjoining balcony look out to the Paps of Jura and beyond to the islands of Mull and Colonsay. It’s a great place for a spot of lunch, with lots of local produce featured on the menu. You could even enjoy a dram or two on the outdoor terrace after a tour of the distillery.
18 Bar and Restaurant, Machrie
Overlooking the 18th green of the famous Machrie Links course and the ocean beyond, 18 Bar & Restaurant is a wonderful place to enjoy lunch or dinner. Located on the first floor of the hotel, the restaurant has a vaulted glass ceiling and an outdoor terrace. Sit outside and soak up the panoramic views to Laggan Bay and out to sea.
The historic Harbour Inn and Restaurant sits in the heart of Bowmore, across the road from Bowmore Distillery. This whitewashed inn overlooks the stone-built harbour with lovely views of Lochindaal. Food is served throughout the day, and it’s great for brunch, lunch or dinner. You’ll find lots of local produce on the menu, from freshly-caught seafood to Islay lamb. You might want to finish your meal with a dram of Bowmore.
Tea on the Beach
Tea on the Beach is situated at the small settlement of Inverlussa on Jura’s wild and beautiful north end. There’s a glorious beach and during the summer you can order tea, fresh coffee, cold drinks and home-made cakes and biscuits by walkie-talkie. Radio through your order and your drinks and cakes will be delivered to you on the beach! After your refreshments you can explore the beach and climb either side of the glen for spectacular views. It’s a great place for kids, with rock pooling, paddling and plenty of space for games. If you’re making a special trip, it’s worth phoning ahead to double-check the service is operating.
Your holiday starts here! Most people travel to Islay on board CalMac’s ferry, MV Finlaggan. Head to the top deck and you’ll find the Mariners Café, where you can tuck into delicious food and enjoy the views as you set sail for Islay and Jura. Sailing before 11am? Try the famous CalMac Scottish Breakfast, all locally sourced and freshly prepared in the galley. For lunch, how about Cal’Mac & Cheese made using Mull of Kintyre Cheddar.
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