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Portavadie village.jpg
Portavadie shown within Argyll and Bute
OS grid reference NR930694
• Edinburgh 82[1] mi (132 km)
• London 368[2] mi (592 km)
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  • Argyll and Bute
Lieutenancy area
  • Argyll and Bute
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PA21
Dialling code 01700
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55°52′25″N 5°18′37″W / 55.8735°N 5.3103°W / 55.8735; -5.3103Coordinates: 55°52′25″N 5°18′37″W / 55.8735°N 5.3103°W / 55.8735; -5.3103

Portavadie; (Scottish Gaelic: Port a' Mhadaidh) is a village, on the shores of Loch Fyne on the west coast of the Cowal peninsula in Argyll and Bute, Scottish Highlands.[3]

The Portavadie complex was built by the then Scottish Office for the purpose of constructing concrete platforms for extraction of oil from the North Sea. However, the intention was soon overtaken by acceptance that steel platforms were the future for the oil industry in Scotland. Despite suggestions to turn the complex into a holiday village, it lay redundant until in the mid-1980s the enclosed port was used by a local fish farm company.

A further report in the Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard, says that the derelict "village", known as Polphail, was sold to a forestry company who plan to demolish the buildings and build new houses. It remains in situ currently.[4]

The Bulloch family knew the area well and sought to rectify this wasted opportunity.

Portavadie Ferry Terminal[edit]

National grid reference NR9259869816

Portavadie to Tarbert ferry - geograph.org.uk - 22830

There is a Caledonian MacBrayne ferry service across Loch Fyne to Tarbert on the Kintyre Peninsula.[5]

Preceding station   Ferry   Following station
Terminus   Caledonian MacBrayne

Portavadie Marina[edit]

In late 2009 the marina was used for the first time to tie up yachts for the Scottish series by the Clyde Cruising Club, won by Nigel Biggs; England; J109-IRC.[6]

The new Portavadie Marina [7] complex opened to the public in 2010. The first phase of the complex consisted of five-star luxury apartments, with private sauna facilities and four-star cottages, alongside a restaurant, conference suites and a retail space.

The second phase, The Lodge, arrived shortly after, consisting of hotel style accommodation, fully accessible studio apartments, staff accommodation and a second "family style" restaurant.

The third phase was officially launched in August 2016, with a luxury spa and leisure complex being added to the amenities.

Cowal Way[edit]

The Cowal Way starts/finishes at Portavadie; this long-distance waymarked footpath takes one to Inveruglas on the shore of Loch Lomond, in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, 57 miles of walking later.


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