Port Ellen

Beach facilities

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

Season: summer

Port Ellen is located at the south end of Islay and provides one of the island’s two ferry terminals.  This is hallowed ground for whisky distilling too, with famous distilleries nearby, like 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 easterly one, with a great view of it from Port Ellen’s Community Garden, from where I filmed the scene setter.

Summer visit photo gallery


What the beach means to Iain.


On his travels, with Jay at Port Ellen.


A view of the beach from the Community Garden.