Port Ellen

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Port Ellen
55°37.580'N, 006°11.365'W Chart icon.png
Port Ellen - Fishing pontoon

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  • Campbeltown - Port Ellen. Passage of 49 Nm. Pay attention to tidal streams of 1-3 Kt to each direction. Plan passages accordingly.


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Approach the bay from south-east towards the lighthouse on the SW side of the bay. There is "Keep East" cardinal sign at the entrance, steer to NNE when you're south of the sign then steer NE when East of the sign.

Warning: Beware of 2 lines of rocks and reefs closing the bay at SEE side of the bay. The bay is marked with lateral and cardinal buoys - read and follow them carefully.

Big ferries approaching the harbour may cause significant streams and interfere with your berthing at pontoon.


Berthing at pontoon at the North-East side of the bay NE to the ferry terminal. There are two pontoons, one for larger yachts with 4m depth guaranteed, the smaller is for local boats with shallower draft.
There is local volunteer coming between 1600 and 1700 to collect fee for berthing. It's 20 pounds for 11m yacht. You can pay at a store called "Sparks" and located 5 min walk from the harbour.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

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Water At the pontoon without additional charges
Electricity At the pontoon without additional charges
Toilets There is WC at the port office on the ferry terminal
Showers Showers available at the nearest hostel at 2-3 pounds per visitor. The hostel consists of 2 white buildings at the second line from the shore
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Eating out

There are one pizzeria and one restaurant with a bar in the city. Both located 100m N from the harbour.


Ferry to Ireland and to Campbeltown.



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Places to Visit

  • 13 distilleries on the island. Laphroaig, Port Ellen, Lagavulin, Bowmores and Arberg in walking availability from the bay.


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Things to do Ashore


  • 13 distilleries on the island. Laphroaig, Port Ellen, Lagavulin, Bowmores and Arberg in walking availability from the bay.

References & Publications

See United Kingdom.


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