Port Askaig

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Coordinates: 55°50′N 6°06′W / 55.83°N 6.10°W / 55.83; -6.10

Port Askaig
Scottish Gaelic: Port Asgaig
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Port Askaig
Port Askaig is located in Argyll and Bute
Port Askaig
Port Askaig
 Port Askaig shown within Argyll and Bute
OS grid reference NR435695
Council area Argyll and Bute
Lieutenancy area Argyll and Bute
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ISLE OF ISLAY
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.

Transport[edit]

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

Facilities[edit]

Port Askaig has a hotel, a petrol station and shop next to the port but has very few households.

Port development[edit]

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.[1]

Whisky[edit]

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.

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