Portuairk

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Portuairk
Scottish Gaelic: Port Uairce
Scots: The Port
Portuairk is located in Lochaber
Portuairk
Portuairk
 Portuairk shown within the Lochaber area
OS grid reference NM438681
Council area Highland
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Fort William
Postcode district PH36 4
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
List of places
UK
Scotland

Coordinates: 56°44′03″N 6°11′18″W / 56.73424°N 6.18846°W / 56.73424; -6.18846

Portuairk (Scottish Gaelic: Port Uairce) is a crofting township, at the western end of the Ardnamurchan peninsula, Lochaber, in the Highland council area of Scotland, and claims the honour of being the most westerly settlement on the British mainland, although nearby Kilchoan is the most westerly village.[1]

Overlooking Sanna Bay, the village is visited by walkers and scenery enthusiasts, with views of Skye and the Small Isles: Rùm, Eigg, and Muck.

Cuillin View is a traditional cottage at the end of the bay roughly 172 years old.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Kilchoan" Undiscovered Scotland. Retrieved 5 April 2011.

Climate[edit]

Like much of the British isles, Portuairk has a Temperate Maritime Climate, with mild, somewhat dry summers and cold, wet winters. Temperatures usually range from 2.4 °C (36.3 °F) to 16.8 °C (62.2 °F), but the all-time temperature range is between −5 °C (23 °F), which is mild for its latitude and 28 °C (82 °F), which is slightly cooler than expected for its latitude. There is an average of 15 snow days per year, with 23 air frosts and a wind speed reaching a peak of 28 kilometres per hour (17 mph) in February. The highest wind speed recorded was 120 kilometres per hour (75 mph), unusually recorded in July.[1] [2]

Climate data for Portuairk 8m amsl (Average high, low, sunshine and precip Achosnich 7m amsl, distance=0.5 miles)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13
(55)
14
(57)
15
(59)
24
(75)
25
(77)
26
(79)
28
(82)
28
(82)
23
(73)
20
(68)
16
(61)
14
(57)
28
(82)
Average high °C (°F) 7.4
(45.3)
7.4
(45.3)
8.7
(47.7)
10.6
(51.1)
13.6
(56.5)
15.4
(59.7)
16.8
(62.2)
16.8
(62.2)
15.1
(59.2)
12.4
(54.3)
9.7
(49.5)
7.8
(46)
11.81
(53.25)
Average low °C (°F) 2.6
(36.7)
2.4
(36.3)
3.3
(37.9)
4.4
(39.9)
6.6
(43.9)
9.1
(48.4)
11
(52)
11
(52)
9.5
(49.1)
7.4
(45.3)
4.8
(40.6)
2.9
(37.2)
6.25
(43.28)
Record low °C (°F) −3
(27)
−2
(28)
−1
(30)
0
(32)
3
(37)
5
(41)
8
(46)
8
(46)
4
(39)
0
(32)
−3
(27)
−5
(23)
−5
(23)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 187
(7.36)
133
(5.24)
144
(5.67)
89
(3.5)
73
(2.87)
78
(3.07)
93
(3.66)
116
(4.57)
143
(5.63)
180
(7.09)
178
(7.01)
175
(6.89)
1,589
(62.56)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1 mm) 21 17 19 14 13 13 15 16 17 20 20 19 204
Average snowy days (≥ 1 cm) 3 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 15
Average relative humidity (%) 84 82 81 79 77 80 83 83 82 82 83 84 81.7
Mean monthly sunshine hours 34 65 92 159 203 181 138 136 102 72 43 30 1,255
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  1. ^ http://www.scottish-places.info/towns/townclimate2436.html
  2. ^ http://www.myweather2.com/City-Town/United-Kingdom/Highland/Portuairk/climate-profile.aspx