Port Ellen

Islay | Village | ★★★

[Port Ellen from the south]

Port Ellen is the largest settlement in the southern portion of Islay and also one of the island's most attractive villages. Whitewashed houses spread along two sandy bays: horseshoe-shaped Loch Leòdamais and the straighter Tràigh Gheighsgeir. In between the two is a low headland to which is attached one of Islay's two main ferry ports, so you may well catch your first glimpse of Port Ellen from the sea. 3 distilleries line the road east out of town (walkable by an off-road footpath, although it'd take the best part of day including the individual distillery tours), while Port Ellen Maltings in the village itself provides malted barley for the majority of Islay's distilleries.

[View towards the harbour from the village centre]

Location & info

📌 Port Ellen ★★★
Islay, G.R.: NR 365453 ///mugs.headed.creatures

🚶 The local distilleries are accessible by a surfaced path (there is a also a bus); each are spaced about 1 mi apart. Carraig Fhada is also walkable via quiet lanes.
🚢🚌 As well as the vehicle ferry to Kennacraig on the mainland, there are reasonable bus links with most main Islay villages.

Nearby (1-5 mi away)

>> Laphroaig Distillery ★★★★★ (1 mi →)
>> Walk: Carraig Fhada's guardian tower ★★★ (1 mi ←)
>> Lagavulin Distillery ★★★★ (2 mi →)
>> Ardbeg Distillery (not yet featured) (3 mi →)
>> Dunyvaig Castle (3 mi →)
>> Walk: Soldier's Rock & Islay's wild side ★★ (3 mi ←)

[Laphroaig Distillery is within (longish) walking distance of the village]

[Approaching Port Ellen from the north along Tràigh Gheighsgeir]


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