Port Askaig

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Port Askaig
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Port Askaig
Island: Islay
Grid reference: NR430692
Location: 55°50’53"N, 6°6’22"W
Post town: Isle of Islay
Postcode: PA46
Dialling code: 01496
Local Government
Council: Argyll and Bute

Port Askaig is a port village on the east coast of the island of Islay, in Argyllshire.


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 of a Scotch whisky range, bottled for Speciality Drinks Ltd. The producing distillery is not officially identified.



Port Askaig serves as the main port of Islay, sharing passenger services to the 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 road, 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.


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