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Port Askaig is a small settlement on the east side of the island of Islay. In itself it is an insignificant place with a shop, hotel and a handful of houses. However, to the islanders at large it is a very important place, being the main ferry port on the island. Officially it has equal status with Port Ellen on the south side of the island, but Port Ellen is not a reliable port in stormy weather, with the ferries often diverted to Port Askaig instead. It is also used by the ferry services which operate once or twice a week from Kennacraig to Oban via Colonsay.
The only classified road in Port Askaig is the A846, which actually passes through, taking the Jura Ferry to Feolin Ferry on Jura, and continues north east across the island. On Islay it also cross the island, starting in Port Ellen and passing through the island capital of Bowmore. The road into Port Askaig drops down a steep hill, with a wide sweeping descent that was built in the early 2010s. The works saw a large section of hill cut away, opening up an area for a car park and better queueing space for the ferries.
|Bowmore, Port Ellen, Portnahaven (A847)
|Jura ferry to Feolin Ferry on the A846
|Mainland ferry to Kennacraig and the A83
|to B8085 on Colonsay and Oban
|operates once or twice a week