Port Charlotte

Argyll and Bute

A small linear village on the island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides, Port Charlotte lies on the Rhinns of Islay on the western shore of Loch Indaal. Founded by Walter Frederick Campbell, Laird of Islay (1798 - 1855), and named after his mother who was the daughter of John Campbell, 5th Duke of Argyll (1723 - 1806), the settlement was laid out in 1828 by the local clergyman Rev. Maclaurin on the site of two former clachans to provide accommodation for local distillery workers. The Port Charlotte Distillery closed in 1929, its malt barns later being occupied by the Islay Creamery. The little-altered village has been designated a conservation area and benefits from a youth hostel, field centre and the Museum of Islay Life.

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