Portnahaven Harbour, Islay, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on the village of Portnahaven which occupies a harbour position on the S.W. tip of Islay, an island of Scotland’s west coast.

Portnahaven originated as a planned fishing and crofting (farming) community in the 19th century. Today, population is 120 and the village is popular with tourists. Other facts and information:

  • The Parish Church (Presbyterian) dates from 1828 and is shared with nearby Port Wemyss.
  • OpposIte the harbour is Orsay Island on which is located a lighthouse built by the famous Stevenson lighthouse building family.
  • Grey seals can often be seen in the harbour, as illustrated in image number three below.
  • In the heart of the village is a tradition pub named An Tigh Seinnse or ‘house of singing’.
  • Close to the village can be seen sheep horses and Highland cattle.
  • About one mile north of Portnahaven can be found a craft shop and prehistoric stone circle.
  • Islay is famous for its malt whisky distilleries. Close to Portnahaven can be found Kilchoman and Bruichladdich distilleries, both of which are open to the public.
  • Portnahaven is about 18 miles from Bowmore, the principal town on Islay.

View of Portnahaven, Islay

Highland Cattle near Portnahaven, islay

Grey Seal at Portnahaven, Islay, Scotland

An Tigh Seinnse, Portnahaven, Islay

Islay Celtic Craft Shop near Portnahaven, Islay

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