Argyll and the Isles Sights

Rhinns of Islay

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

South of Port Charlotte, the A847 continues along the wild landscape of the Rhinns of Islay. The road ends at Portnahaven and its twin, Port Wemyss. Planned at the same time, the two villages share a church, but with separate entrances. From Portnahaven you can often see gray seals on the rocks below. And there is a small pub here, too, easily mistaken for a private house. Return to Port Charlotte via the bleak, unclassified road that loops north and east, passing by the recumbent stone circle at Coultoon and the ruined chapel at Kilchiaran along the way. The strange whooping sound you may hear as you turn away from Portnahaven comes from Scotland's first wave-powered generator, sucking and blowing as it supplies electricity for both villages. It's well worth the climb down to the shore to see it in action.

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, Scotland

Published 05/04/2017


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