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Scottish anchorages

Port Charlotte

Port Charlotte is certainly a pretty place, a rather quiet village — there seem to be an awful lot of holiday homes. It was founded in the early 19th century as a distillery and agricultural settlement (the Loch Indaal distillery died many decades ago). At one time it was a busy fishing port. There is the excellent Islay Natural History Centre in a converted part of the old distillery (ph 01496 850 288), particularly the hands-on stuff for children, and the excellent Port Charlotte Hotel for tasty bar lunches and suppers, upmarket dinners, and live music (ph 01496 850 360).  It also majors on malt whiskies. I have not been to the Museum of Islay Life in the converted 1843 Kilchoman Free Church, said to be good (ph 01496 850358). The lighthouse is Stevenson, of course, 1869.

Port Charlotte

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The Port Charlotte Hotel