With the streets laid out in a grid pattern, it was the first planned village in Scotland and was part of a resettlement scheme involving people from the old village of Killarow near Islay House (Bridgend).The Columba Centre (Ionad Chaluim Chille Ile) is the Gaelic Language and Heritage Centre just outside Bowmore.
The Mill shop is open from Monday to Saturday (tel: 01496 810563).
The Mactaggart leisure centre (tel 01496 810 767) has a swimming pool, fitness studio and sauna.
Next to it, you can take a tour of the Bowmore distillery which was founded in 1779 and is the oldest on the island.
Constructed from 1767 to 1769, the white body of the church is almost twenty metres in diameter with a rectangular tower at the front.
The Latin inscription above the door tells us that it was built by Daniel Campbell "to promote truth and honour".