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Ardrishaig Chalmers St.jpg
Chalmers Street, the high street through the village.
Ardrishaig is located in Argyll and Bute
Ardrishaig shown within Argyll and Bute
OS grid reference NR 85030 85148
  • Argyllshire
Council area
  • Argyll and Bute
Lieutenancy area
  • Argyll and Bute
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Ardrishaig
Postcode district PA30
Dialling code 01546
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
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56°00′39″N 5°27′00″W / 56.010917°N 5.4500420°W / 56.010917; -5.4500420Coordinates: 56°00′39″N 5°27′00″W / 56.010917°N 5.4500420°W / 56.010917; -5.4500420

Ardrishaig /ɑːrˈdrɪʃɪɡ/ (About this sound listen) (Scottish Gaelic: Rubha Àird Driseig) is a lochside village at the southern (eastern) entrance to the Crinan Canal in Argyll and Bute in the west of Scotland. Ardrishaig had 1,283 inhabitants in 2001.[1]

The village is on the side of a hill bordering Loch Fyne immediately to the south of Lochgilphead. It has a pier, a lighthouse, a couple of public houses, antiques shops and hotels. Scottish Canals has an office by the canal basin. Ardrishaig harbour's first pier was built in 1873. To its north side is the Crinan Canal sea lock and to the south are pontoons and anchorage for boats. About 30,000 tonnes of timber pass through the harbour annually but it has the capacity for 150,000 tonnes.[2]

In the 1970s, the village was significantly altered when a row of old houses and shops on the lochside of the main street was demolished to make way for a car park. Most trading now takes place in the neighbouring town Lochgilphead.

John Smith, former Labour MP and Leader of the Opposition, grew up in Ardrishaig.[3]

Ardrishaig Community Council is part-owner of the wind farm at Allt Dearg on the hill above Inverneill to the south of the town.[4][5]

The village was a filming location for the television series A Mug's Game.

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  1. ^ "Comparative Population Profile: Ardrishaig Locality". Scotland's Census Result OnLine. Retrieved 16 November 2008. 
  2. ^ Ardrishaig,, retrieved 4 June 2014 
  3. ^ John Smith, Glasgow University, retrieved 19 February 2017 
  4. ^ Frequently Asked Questions, Loch Fine Wind Farms, retrieved 4 June 2014 
  5. ^ Ardrishaig Community Trust, Ardrishaig Community Trust, retrieved 4 June 2014 

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