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OS grid reference  NR365455
Sovereign state  United Kingdom
Postcode district  PA42
Local time  Friday 9:13 AM
Council area  Argyll and Bute
Scottish parliament  Argyll and Bute
Country  Scotland
Post town  ISLE OF ISLAY
Police  Scottish
Dialling code  01496
Lieutenancy area  Argyll and Bute
UK parliament constituency  Argyll and Bute
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Weather  8°C, Wind SE at 16 km/h, 83% Humidity

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Port Ellen (Scottish Gaelic: Port Ìlein) is a small town on the island of Islay, in Argyll, Scotland. The town is named after the wife of the founder, Frederick Campbell of Islay. Its previous name, Leòdamas, is derived from old Norse meaning "Leòd's Harbour".

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Map of Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, UK

Port Ellen is built around Leodamais Bay, Islay's main deep water harbour. It is the largest town on Islay, only slightly larger than Bowmore and provides the main ferry connection between Islay and the mainland, at Kennacraig. The Port Ellen Distillery was first established in the 1820s and ceased production of Scotch whisky in 1983. The large malting continues to produce for the majority of the distilleries on Islay.

History

The area around Port Ellen has a variety of archaeological sites covering the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age periods. There are standing stones at Kilbride, a fort at Borraichill Mor, several chambered cairns, and a chapel at Cill Tobar Lasrach. Nearby lie the ruined remains of the 14th-century Dunyvaig Castle, once a fortress of the MacDonald Lords of the Isles.

Notable people

George Robertson, Baron Robertson of Port Ellen, Labour politician and former Secretary General of NATO was born in Port Ellen on 12 April 1946.

References

Port Ellen Wikipedia


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