Port Charlotte, Islay

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Port Charlotte
Port Charlotte.jpg
Looking south towards Port Charlotte
Port Charlotte is located in Argyll and Bute
Port Charlotte
Port Charlotte
Port Charlotte shown within Argyll and Bute
OS grid reference NR252581
Civil parish
  • Kilchoman
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ISLE OF ISLAY
Postcode district PA48
Dialling code 01496
Police Scottish
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Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
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55°44′20″N 6°22′41″W / 55.739°N 6.378°W / 55.739; -6.378Coordinates: 55°44′20″N 6°22′41″W / 55.739°N 6.378°W / 55.739; -6.378

Port Charlotte (Scottish Gaelic: Port Sgioba) is a village on the island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland. 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. No plans have been formally announced to reopen Port Charlotte Distillery to date.

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 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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