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Port Charlotte is certainly a pretty place, a rather quiet village — there seem to be an awful lot of holiday homes. It was founded in the early 19th century as a distillery and agricultural settlement (the Loch Indaal distillery died many decades ago). At one time it was a busy fishing port. There is the excellent Islay Natural History Centre in a converted part of the old distillery (ph 01496 850 288), particularly the hands-on stuff for children, and the excellent Port Charlotte Hotel for tasty bar lunches and suppers, upmarket dinners, and live music (ph 01496 850 360). It also majors on malt whiskies. I have not been to the Museum of Islay Life in the converted 1843 Kilchoman Free Church, said to be good (ph 01496 850358). The lighthouse is Stevenson, of course, 1869.
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The Port Charlotte Hotel