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Port Askaig
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Port Askaig
OS grid reference NR430692
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ISLE OF ISLAY
Postcode district PA46
Dialling code 01496
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
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Scottish Parliament
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UK
Scotland
55°50′53″N 6°06′22″W / 55.848°N 6.106°W / 55.848; -6.106Coordinates: 55°50′53″N 6°06′22″W / 55.848°N 6.106°W / 55.848; -6.106

Port Askaig (Scottish Gaelic: Port Asgaig) is a port village on the east coast of the island of Islay, in Scotland.

Economy

Port Askaig has a hotel, a petrol station and shop next to the port but has very few households. In 2014, it was rated one of the most attractive postcode areas to live in Scotland.

Whisky

Port Askaig is also the name of a Scotch whisky range, bottled for Speciality Drinks Ltd. The producing distillery is not officially identified but the whiskies are marketed as Islay single malts.

Transport

Water

Port Askaig serves as the main port of Islay, sharing passenger services to the Scottish mainland with Port Ellen. It also has a regular service to Feolin, Jura across the Sound of Islay, and in the summer there is also a weekly service via Colonsay to Oban. Port Askaig has been a port for landing passengers and goods to Islay for centuries. Ships which sailed out from West Loch Tarbert on the Kintyre Peninsula have called in at Port Askaig since the 18th century and a steamer service from Glasgow was the running as early as 1825.

Port Askaig is the base of the Islay RNLI lifeboat which is called out ten to twelve times a year.

Preceding station   Ferry   Following station
Colonsay
(limited service)
  Caledonian MacBrayne
Ferry
  Kennacraig
Terminus   Jura Ferry
Car ferry
  Jura

Road

Port Askaig is situated at the northern end of the Islay section of the A846, which continues south-west to Bowmore, south-east to Port Ellen and finally east to Ardbeg.

Music

Port Askaig is memorialised in the classic 6/8 bagpipe pipe march Leaving Port Askaig.

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