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Port Askaig

Port Askaig
Scottish Gaelic: Port Asgaig

Port Askaig
Port Askaig is located in Argyll and Bute
Port Askaig
 Port Askaig shown within Argyll and Bute
OS grid reference
Council area Argyll and Bute
Lieutenancy area Argyll and Bute
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PA46
Dialling code 01496
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Argyll and Bute
Scottish Parliament Argyll and Bute
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Port Askaig (Scottish Gaelic: Port Asgaig) is a port village on the east coast of the island of Islay, in Scotland.


  • Economy 1
    • Whisky 1.1
  • Transport 2
    • Water 2.1
      • Port development 2.1.1
    • Road 2.2
  • Music 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Port Askaig has a hotel, a petrol station and shop next to the port but has very few households. In 2014, it was rated one of the most attractive postcode areas to live in Scotland.[1]


Port Askaig is also the name for a recent bottling of Scotch whisky, produced for The Whisky Exchange, a retailer in the UK. It has three bottlings - a Cask Strength, a 17-year-old, and 25-year-old. The producing distillery is not officially identified.



Port Askaig serves as the main port of Islay, sharing passenger services to the Scottish mainland with Port Ellen. It also has a regular service to Feolin, Jura across the Sound of Islay, and in the summer there is also a weekly service via Colonsay to Oban.

Port Askaig is the base of the Islay RNLI lifeboat which is called out ten to twelve times a year.

Port development

Between 2006 and 2009 Port Askaig was the site of a £13.7 million civil engineering project. The work included a new linkspan and other berthing facilities for mainland ferries, new facilities for the Jura ferry, and new car parks and waiting rooms. The redeveloped port was officially re-opened on 10 September 2009 by the Princess Royal.[2]


Port Askaig is situated at the northern end of the Islay section of the A846, which continues south-west to Bowmore, south-east to Port Ellen and finally east to Ardbeg.[3]


Port Askaig is memorialised in the classic 6/8 bagpipe pipe march Leaving Port Askaig.


  1. ^ "UK's 'most desirable' postcodes revealed".  
  2. ^ "HRH The Princess Royal Opens Redeveloped Port Askaig".  
  3. ^ "A846". Sabre. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 

External links

  • Canmore - Islay, Port Askaig, General site record
  • Canmore - Port Askaig, Harbour, Islay site record
  • Canmore - Islay, Port Askaig, Dunlossit House site record
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