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Gaelic: Port na h-Abhainne
North side of Portnahaven and its harbour
Island: Islay
Grid reference: NR170521
Location: 55°40’48"N, 6°30’0"W
Post town: Isle of Islay
Postcode: PA47
Dialling code: 01496
Local Government
Council: Argyll and Bute
Argyll and Bute

Portnahaven is a village on Islay in Argyllshire, within the parish of Kilchoman.[1] Its name is from the Gaelic Port na h-Abhainne, meaning 'river port'.

It is located at the southern tip of the Rinns at the southern end of the A847 road. The A847 follows the coast from Portnahaven to Port Charlotte and Bridgend.[2] Its harbour is sheltered by the island of Orsay and its smaller neighbour Eilean Mhic Coinnich. The Rinns of Islay lighthouse, built by Stevenson is located on Orsay. Portnahaven is served by a church, one shop which is also a post office, and a public house, An Tigh Seinnse. The church is one of the Telford Churches. The harbour around which the village is built provides the opportunity to observe grey seals at close quarters. The village of Port Wemyss is located just to the south of Portnahaven.

North of Portnahaven, at Claddach, is the world's first operational wave power machine. The "Islay LIMPET", constructed by Wavegen, became operational in 2000.

Nearby settlements include the village of Nerabus.


Outside links

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about Portnahaven)
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