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Bowmore


Argyll and Bute

A fishing village with a whisky distillery on the island of Islay, Bowmore lies on the east shore of Loch Indaal, 10 miles (16 km) north of Port Ellen. The former settlement of Loggan, chartered as a burgh of barony in 1614, was replaced by a new planned village called Bowmore laid out in 1767-68 by Daniel Campbell of Islay. A unique circular church was built and the equally unique Islay Parliament, which had originally converged at Kinlaggan, met here from 1718 to 1843. Bowmore's harbour, which had served Glasgow steamers, silted up by the 1920s, but its pier was used as a flying boat base during World War II. In addition to whisky distilling there are textile, craft and dairy produce industries. The Islay Hospital (built 1964) is located at Bowmore, together with the island's diesel-fueled power station (built 1946) and the Mactaggart Leisure Centre (1991).


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