Port Ellen

Port Ellen
Location: 55 37.6N 006 11.4W
Berth details:Max length 100m draft 4m Under Keel Clearance 0.5m
Anchorage: YES
Anchorage Position: 55 37.5N 006 12.5W
Distance to Landing Stage: 0.6nm
Tidal range/movement: approx. 0.75m
Pilotage: NO
Town centre: 200m
Shuttle to town: NO
Nearest airport: Islay Airport, 5 miles



Andrew Campbell - Port Manager & DPFSO
Scott Goodwill - Area Harbours Manager & PFSO
Port Ellen Harbour, Ferry Terminal Port Ellen, Islay, PA42 7DW.

T: +44 (0)1496 730 172 F: +44 (0)1496 302 557
W: www.calmac.co.uk

Port Ellen (Port Ìlein), is a small town on the Island of Islay, Argyll, Scotland, and the town is built around Leodamais Bay.

The name, Port Ellen, originates from the wife of the founder, Frederick Campbell of Islay. Its previous name, Leòdamas, is derived from Old Norse meaning "Leòd's Harbour".

Port Ellen is the largest town on the island of Islay, providing the main ferry link between the island & mainland port at Kennacraig, by Tarbert, Argyll, Scotland.

The distillery at Port Ellen was established in the 1820s, however the production of Scotch Whisky ceased in 1983. Whilst production ceased, the large malting still continues to produce fort the majority of the other distilleries on Islay.

Port Ellen has a variety of archaeological sites which cover the Neolithic, Bronze & Iron Age periods. Sites include standing stones at Kilbride, a fort at Borraichill Mor, several chambered cairns and a chapel at Cill Tobar Lasrach.

Port Ellen is dominated to the south by the Oa peninsula which rises steadily from sea level at Kilnaughton chapel and graveyard to 202 metres at Beinn Mhor which is the most southerly point.

The American monument is located on the Mull of Oa, built in 1920 to commemorate the loss of two troop ships in 1918, whilst in Islay’s waters. A nature preserve around the area of the monument sees plenty of wildlife all year round & is particularly important for rare birds, including the chough and golden eagles.

There are several lochs on the Oa. The largest of these lochs is Kinnabus followed by Loch Ard-Achadh which is a few hundred metres to the north east. There are two other lochs to the west at Lower Glen Astle.

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