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Museum of Islay Life

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Address: Port Charlotte, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 149 685 0358

This museum on the history of the Isle of Islay features photographs,...

This museum on the history of the Isle of Islay features photographs, first-hand documents and artifacts of the island's inhabitants.

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Islay Gem

Essential to get a historical slice of Islay life. Very well presented exhibits bring the character, occupations and domestic reality to life. Very helpful and informative staff... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Essential to get a historical slice of Islay life. Very well presented exhibits bring the character, occupations and domestic reality to life. Very helpful and informative staff. Do not miss.

Thank paulanthonyr2015
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Lots to see and very informative. Very friendly knowledgeable staff. Situated in a former church, which is interesting in itself.

Thank Caroline B
Calgary, Alberta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Small but very powerful feeling as you enter. There is a sense of being drawn personally into the objects you are looking at and transported back in time. They have a range of objects that cover a huge time span as well as subjects, some with sadness. A looking glass into the past that should not be missed

Thank Robert H
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Yes, it is in the building in the graveyard. We drove right past it. It is so well organized and presented. The items are laid out in the front so you can see how the rooms would have been decorated and the items used. There are arrowheads right up to the present day. The guide there is very happy to... More 

Thank keepmovingpeople
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Don't let the size of this small museum fool you, the information within is amazing. The collection of old things thoughout Islay inhabited timeline is vast, and took us plenty of time to get round everything. The large collection of old books was really interesting, and quite impressive to have.

Thank Andrew S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

We enjoyed a lovely and super interesting couple of hours here while enjoying our holiday on Islay. We were staying at Port Mor, just along from Port Charlotte, but I would definitely recommend travelling over to enjoy the museum if staying on other parts of the island. We were welcomed by a really interesting member of staff who is on... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

A great museum with a huge range of information for all interests and an excellent stepping stone to the diversity of what Islay has to offer. A thoroughly enjoyable and interesting afternoon with a really friendly member of staff. A must to visit. Nora. Edinburgh

Thank Nora R
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Visit this small museum before travelling around the island to gain a feel for Islay and an insight into its history, geography, economy and present. It is a welcoming and atmospheric place. Friendly staff add to the experience.

Thank Lynne O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Definitely come here to know more about all aspects of Islay life. Varied and covers many aspects. Exhibits of all types and gives you a good historical perspective

Thank Nmh51
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

You simply must visit this Museum which is located in Port Charlotte. All the treasures collected inside have been donated by the Illeachs and fascinatingly explain the background to Islay life. All the exhibits are well catalogued and described. There is a magnificent, fully furnished, little doll's house and bee keeping equipment. There was one particular letter that literally had... More 

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