Argyll and Bute

A distillery settlement on the south coast of the island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides, Laphroaig lies a mile (1.5 km) east of Port Ellen and overlooks the island of Texa to the south. To the east are the whisky villages of Lagavulin and Ardbeg. Whisky distillation has been undertaken here since the early 19th century and the whisky produced is characterised by its peaty, 'iodine-like' aroma. The name Laphroaig is said to be derived from the Gaelic for 'the beautiful hollow by the broad bay'. Islay's telegraph and telephone cables once came ashore via a small building located on the shore a quarter-mile (0.5 km southeast of the distillery.

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