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Portavadie (Scottish Gaelic: Port a' Mhadaidh) is a village in Argyll and Bute, Scotland.[1]

Coordinates: 55°52′N 5°19′W / 55.867°N 5.317°W / 55.867; -5.317

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.

Finally, in 2009, it was announced that the "ghost village" was to be demolished to allow development of a marina.[2]

In late 2009 the marina was used for the first time to tie up boat for the Scottish series.

The new Portavadie Marina [3] complex opened to the public in 2010 with accommodation, and a bar/restaurant.

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


  1. ^ "Visitor Information". Portavadie. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  2. ^ "UK | Scotland | Glasgow, Lanarkshire and West | 'Ghost village' to be demolished". BBC News. 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  3. ^ "Home | Portavadie Marina, Loch Fyne, Scotland". Portavadiemarina.com. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  4. ^ "Cowal Ghost Village Sold". Dunoon-observer.com. 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 

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