Port Ellen

View map of beach Dog friendly Beach cleaned regularly Good water quality for swimming

Season: summer

Port Ellen is located at the southern end of Islay and provides one of the island’s two ferry terminals.  This is hallowed ground for whisky lovers, with famous distilleries nearby, for example Lagavulin, which is just down the road to the east.  Port Ellen has a relaxed feel and is very welcoming, with all the shops, eateries and facilities that a visitor might need.  There are two small beaches and on this occasion I visited the eastern one, enjoying a great view of it from Port Ellen’s Community Garden.

Summer visit photo gallery


What the beach means to Iain.


With Jay, on his travels at Port Ellen.


A view of the beach from the Community Garden.