The Port Charlotte Hotel

Now opening on Wednesday 15th July!

The owners and staff at the Port Charlotte Hotel can’t wait until we can open our doors and welcome guests old and new.

In the meantime we are busy behind the scenes making sure that once the Scottish Government sets a date for reopening we are ready to safely take care of you and the local community of our island.

We are implementing Covid 19 health and safety guidelines and regulations as set out by Public Health Scotland, The Health and Safety Executive, UK Housekeepers' Association and Scottish Government and will continually review them as new information is issued. Coupled with our own scrupulous standards, you can rest assured we are minimising any risk of Covid 19 infection throughout the hotel.

We pride ourselves on delivering a personal service. As a small independent hotel we will work hard to ensure your stay will be both enjoyable and safe and meets your needs and expectations to give you complete peace of mind.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon but feel free to contact us now with booking requests or simply to discuss any questions or concerns..

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Hotel Accommodation

Hotel Rooms

With only 10 rooms our little jewel amongst hotels in Islay, provides individual attention for our guests’ unique needs.

Hotel Dining

Hotel Dining

Both our restaurant and bar present the very best of local produce expertly prepared and presented by our team of chefs.

Whisky Tours

Whisky Tours

Make the journey to discover Islay’s world class whiskies, rich culture and heritage, we present to you our very own Malt, Music & Cultural Tours.

Winner of

National Whisky Pub of the Year

According to the Whisky Society we are listed as one of Europe’s top whisky bars. As well as our whiskies, we also we also offer local ales on tap from Islay Ales as well as guest ales from mainland breweries.We stock an extensive range of Islay malt whiskies served by knowledgeable and friendly staff. Complete with an open fire this is the place to relax and connect with the island. The bar also has traditional music sessions as a regular feature; these have a distinct Scots/Irish influence, regularly accompanied by Gaelic singing.

The Port Charlotte Hotel won the National Whisky Pub of the Year 2009 award! Islay is obviously famous for its whiskies, now it can also boast of the best pub for it! We won it for our ‘ambiance, choice of whisky and friendly staff’, something we hope everyone who has ever visited us will agree with.

Port Charlotte Bar

Hotel Bar

A bespoke carved wooden bar is the centrepiece of the room, which is split into two levels (the upper level accessed by a single step). This is home to an enviable selection of whiskies from Islay, as well as a full range of quality beers, wines and spirits including local Islay ales and gins.

An eclectic mix of art, articles, nautical objects and musical instruments adorn the walls. Stunning views across the beach to the lighthouse from the top room, low beamed ceilings and a roaring woodburning fire complete the scene.

Port Charlotte Bar


The Port Charlotte Bar is renowned for its live music and it is extremely popular.

Expect to hear Gaelic singing, fiddles, pipes and accordions and traditional Celtic tunes as well as a wider folk music offering.  Musical guests are welcome to bring their instruments and join the session.

Music nights are Wednesdays and Sundays throughout the busier season, but checking with the hotel or local listings is advised, as is booking in advance if you wish to have a table.

Port Charlotte Bar

Bar Meals

Quality local produce is at the heart of the Port Charlotte bar meal menus. The range of meals changes with seasonal availability but you can expect a wide choice of restaurant standard meals including quality meats like local beef or venison, fresh seafood such as scallops or langoustine, daily specials and imaginative vegetarian options. But standard favourites - such as Islay-ale battered fish and chips and the Port Charlotte house burger - remain throughout the year. Light bites are also served alongside the main menu at lunchtime. Booking is recommended but not essential.

Local Information

Convenient for all the best Islay visitor attractions and activities, including the 8 Islay malt whisky distilleries, great golf at the Machrie, and some of the best bird watching and wildlife watching in Scotland.

The hotel is recommended in Michelin & Good Food Guides and is highly rated in the Best of Scotland Guide. We hold a Taste our Best Certificate awarded by Visit Scotland. Our residents' lounge and public bar feature open fires where guests can unwind with convivial company.

Local musicians play regularly in the bar.Throughout the hotel enjoy an excellent art collection - with a distinct leaning to 'The Glasgow School' of artists.

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Port Charlotte Hotel,
Port Charlotte,
Isle of Islay,
PA48 7TU.


Tele : 01496 850360
Fax : 01496 850361