Port Charlotte

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Port Charlotte
Port Charlotte.jpg
Looking south towards Port Charlotte
Island: Islay
Grid reference: NR252581
Location: 55°44’20"N, 6°22’41"W
Post town: Isle of Islay
Postcode: PA48
Dialling code: 01496
Local Government
Council: Argyll and Bute
Argyll and Bute

Port Charlotte is a village on the island of Islay in Argyllshire. It was founded in 1828.

Port Charlotte was named after Lord Frederick Campbell's wife, and it was set up mainly to provide housing facilities for the Lochindaal Distillery work force. Parts of the former distillery buildings are now in use as Youth Hostel and Wildlife Centre. Others are currently used by a garage nearby. The remaining warehouses are currently owned and used by Bruichladdich distillery to mature their Port Charlotte heavily peated spirit, named in tribute to the village and original distillery.

The village is located on the shores of Loch Indaal and is very picturesque with its white painted houses. It is home to the Museum of Islay Life which is located in a former Church building.

In October 1813, the American privateer Joshua Hailey (The True Blooded Yankee)[1][2] captured six merchant ships lying at Port Charlotte, casting them adrift and setting fire to three.[3]


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