Port Askaig

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Port Askaig
Harbour port askaig scotland.jpg
Port Askaig
Port Askaig is located in Argyll and Bute
Port Askaig
Port Askaig
Location within Argyll and Bute
OS grid referenceNR430692
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPA46
Dialling code01496
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°50′53″N 6°06′22″W / 55.848°N 6.106°W / 55.848; -6.106Coordinates: 55°50′53″N 6°06′22″W / 55.848°N 6.106°W / 55.848; -6.106

Port Askaig (Scottish Gaelic: Port Asgaig) is a port village on the east coast of the island of Islay, in Scotland.


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 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.

Preceding station   Ferry   Following station
(limited service)
  Caledonian MacBrayne
Terminus   Jura Ferry
Car ferry

Port development[edit]

Between 2003 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, 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.


  1. ^ "UK's 'most desirable' postcodes revealed". BBC News Online. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  2. ^ "HRH The Princess Royal Opens Redeveloped Port Askaig". Argyll and Bute. Retrieved 18 October 2009.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "A846". Sabre. Retrieved 2 January 2015.

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