Pictures of Islay around Loch Indaal

Loch Indaal and the distant Paps of Jura from Port Charlotte
Loch Indaal and the distant Paps of Jura from Port Charlotte

Loch Indaal is the sea loch which bites in to the south-western corner of the Isle of Islay, off Scotland's West Coast. There are a number of settlements, harbours and small boat berthing facilities on the loch, which also facilitates saltwater fishing - both from shore and boat - and water sports such as jet skiing. The pictures featured on this page were taken in July 2013 at different parts of the shore of Loch Indaal, showing the loch from different angles and affording an insight in to some of the villages and other landmarks along its varied shoreline. "A" class roads border much of the loch, allowing easy access to the waterside.

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Pictures of Bowmore Harbour and Pier on Loch Indaal

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Bowmore HarbourBowmore Harbour beach at low tideFishing boats moored at Bowmore pierBowmore Harbour from end of pierBowmore Distillery on Loch Indaal from pierEastern part of Loch Indaal from terrace of Lochside Hotel, BowmoreBowmore Harbour and Loch Indaal at sunset
Bowmore Harbour
Bowmore Harbour
Bowmore Harbour beach at low tide
Bowmore Harbour beach at low tide
Fishing boats moored at Bowmore pier
Fishing boats moored at Bowmore pier
Bowmore Harbour from end of pier
Bowmore Harbour from end of pier
Bowmore Distillery on Loch Indaal from pier
Bowmore Distillery on Loch Indaal from pier
Eastern part of Loch Indaal from terrace of Lochside Hotel, Bowmore
Eastern part of Loch Indaal from terrace of Lochside Hotel, Bowmore
Bowmore Harbour and Loch Indaal at sunset
Bowmore Harbour and Loch Indaal at sunset

Bowmore is the administrative capital of Islay and sits right on the eastern shore of Loch Indaal. It has a small harbour which is home to both fishing and pleasure boats, as well as a pier extending out in to the loch along which it is possible to walk and secure extended viewing of both the village and Loch Indaal.

Bowmore Distillery is adjacent to the harbour, with public tours available at a very a modest price. There are also several shops, including a small supermarket, to service your daily needs, while Islay's Tourist and Visitor Information office is just a stone's throw from the harbour and pier. The Harbour Inn right at the harbour and the Lochside Hotel two minutes' walk away both afford rooms and dining with views looking out over the loch.

Video Footage of Bowmore Pier and Harbour on Loch Indaal

Loch Indaal South-West of Bowmore

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Bowmore on Loch Indaal from above and to the south-westLooking west over Loch Indaal and towards Bruichladdich from near BowmoreLooking south-west on to Loch Indaal from near BowmoreLooking south-west over Loch Indaal and towards Port Charlotte from near BowmorePebble beach on Loch Indaal near Bowmore
Bowmore on Loch Indaal from above and to the south-west
Bowmore on Loch Indaal from above and to the south-west
Looking west over Loch Indaal and towards Bruichladdich from near Bowmore
Looking west over Loch Indaal and towards Bruichladdich from near Bowmore
Looking south-west on to Loch Indaal from near Bowmore
Looking south-west on to Loch Indaal from near Bowmore
Looking south-west over Loch Indaal and towards Port Charlotte from near Bowmore
Looking south-west over Loch Indaal and towards Port Charlotte from near Bowmore
Pebble beach on Loch Indaal near Bowmore
Pebble beach on Loch Indaal near Bowmore

The coastal path past Bowmore Distillery from the harbour grants stunning views over Loch Indaal in several directions. The villages of Port Charlotte and Bruichladdich can easily be distinguished on a clear day.

Map of Islay and Loch Indaal

The map immediately below shows the positions of Bowmore and Port Charlotte on Loch Indaal in relation to the ferry terminals at Port Askaig and Port Ellen.

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Pictures of Loch Indaal at The Strand

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Looking across Loch Indaal towards Bowmore from The StrandLooking across Loch Indaal towards Bruichladdich and Port Charlotte from The StrandLooking along The Strand on Loch IndaalApproaching The Strand by car from the WestCottages alon The Strand on Loch Indaal
Looking across Loch Indaal towards Bowmore from The Strand
Looking across Loch Indaal towards Bowmore from The Strand
Looking across Loch Indaal towards Bruichladdich and Port Charlotte from The Strand
Looking across Loch Indaal towards Bruichladdich and Port Charlotte from The Strand
Looking along The Strand on Loch Indaal
Looking along The Strand on Loch Indaal
Approaching The Strand by car from the West
Approaching The Strand by car from the West
Cottages alon The Strand on Loch Indaal
Cottages alon The Strand on Loch Indaal

The Strand is a stretch of beach on the northern shore of Loch Indaal. The main Bridgend to Portnahaven road, the A847, runs immediately alongside, allowing stunning views of the loch from the car but also affording plenty of places to park and get out for a walk. Drivers should be particularly careful on this stretch of road of animals such as sheep and cattle straying in to the path of approaching traffic.

Video Footage of Loch Indaal at Port Charlotte, Islay

Pictures of Loch Indaal at Port Charlotte

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Looking out over Loch Indaal from Port Charlotte towards BowmoreLoch Indaal from the A847 road which runs through Port CharlotteSmall beach on Loch Indaal at Port CharlotteSmall lighthouse at Port Charlotte on Loch IndaalPort Charlotte pier on Loch IndaalPort Charlotte village from the end of the pierPort Charlotte Hotel from end of pier
Looking out over Loch Indaal from Port Charlotte towards Bowmore
Looking out over Loch Indaal from Port Charlotte towards Bowmore
Loch Indaal from the A847 road which runs through Port Charlotte
Loch Indaal from the A847 road which runs through Port Charlotte
Small beach on Loch Indaal at Port Charlotte
Small beach on Loch Indaal at Port Charlotte
Small lighthouse at Port Charlotte on Loch Indaal
Small lighthouse at Port Charlotte on Loch Indaal
Port Charlotte pier on Loch Indaal
Port Charlotte pier on Loch Indaal
Port Charlotte village from the end of the pier
Port Charlotte village from the end of the pier
Port Charlotte Hotel from end of pier
Port Charlotte Hotel from end of pier

Port Charlotte is a village on the western shore of Loch Indaal. It is possible to go down to and walk along the pier, where you will get extensive views around the loch, including of Bowmore in the distance.

The Port Charlotte Hotel and Restaurant

The Port Charlotte Hotel, Islay
The Port Charlotte Hotel, Islay

It is fairly obvious from the prevalent weather conditions that the photos on this page were not all taken on the same day. They were in fact taken over a four day period in early July 2013, with the first two days being overcast and the second two warm, bright and sunny. The photos of Port Charlotte alone were taken over the course of two days. On the first (overcast) day, a visit was made to the Port Charlotte Hotel for lunch and on the second (beautiful) day, a further visit was made in the early evening for dinner. The food in the hotel is fabulous, making it both a convenient and rewarding place to eat as you explore Islay and Loch Indaal.


Important note: Pre-booking is strongly recommended, especially for restaurant dining in the evenings in high summer season.

Sample Meals Served at the Port Charlotte Hotel

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Islay beef with wholegrain mustard tortilla wraps and simple but delicious dressed saladLoch Gruinart oysters with salad and lemonPan fried scallops on black puddingBacon wrapped monkfish tail with fondant potato and assorted vegetablesRack of lamb with fondant potato and assorted vegetables
Islay beef with wholegrain mustard tortilla wraps and simple but delicious dressed salad
Islay beef with wholegrain mustard tortilla wraps and simple but delicious dressed salad
Loch Gruinart oysters with salad and lemon
Loch Gruinart oysters with salad and lemon
Pan fried scallops on black pudding
Pan fried scallops on black pudding
Bacon wrapped monkfish tail with fondant potato and assorted vegetables
Bacon wrapped monkfish tail with fondant potato and assorted vegetables
Rack of lamb with fondant potato and assorted vegetables
Rack of lamb with fondant potato and assorted vegetables

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Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thanks billybuc and I hope that day comes soon. Until that time, I'm sure we can keep you up to date with what's happening :)


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

When I'm rich and famous I'll fly over and visit. Until that day comes, I'll have to rely on you and others to show me the sites. It's nice to be following you.


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Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thank you, randomcreative. I'm glad you like the details of a truly beautiful place.


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Such detailed photos and information as always! I love it. Thanks for putting together this valuable resource.


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Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hi, Liam

I hope you get to make that Islay trip soon. I used to visit regularly but this was my first visit for a while. It's still every bit as good as I remembered.

Re the whisky? You are correct - the Hub is in the pipeline ;)

Glad you liked the Hub. Thanks for visiting and commenting.


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CyclingFitness 3 years ago from Nottingham UK

A great view and insight into Islay which is high up my travel bucket list. An surprised you weren't able to capture a whisky distillery in your shots although I imagine you have a whisky related Islay hub in the making from your trip. Liam


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Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hi, bac2basics

I'm glad you liked the Hub. Islay is a wonderful as well as beautiful place to visit - and the food at the Port Charlotte Hotel is exceptional.

I hope you get the chance to take that holiday soon and have a wonderful time.

Thanks for visiting and commenting.


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bac2basics 3 years ago from Spain

Hi Gordon.

I devoured this hub on a lovely part of bonnie Scotland, I could have devoured the delicious looking food served at the port Charlotte hotel too.

I have already promised myself a good holiday when I can eventually return to the UK and you can be sure Scotland will be on the top of the list along with wales.

Thank you for this gorgeous hub :)

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