Top things to do in Port Ellen

Bistro in Port Ellen

SeaSalt

This buzzy modern place represents an unusual combination in Port Ellen: a takeaway doing kebabs, pizzas and bacon rolls, but also a bistro. High-backed dining chairs are comfortable for devouring local seafood off …
Distillery in Port Ellen

Ardbeg

Ardbeg's iconic peaty whiskies start with their magnificent 10-year-old. The basic tour is good, and it also offers longer tours involving walks, stories and extended tastings. It's 3 miles northeast of Port Ellen; …
Distillery in Port Ellen

Lagavulin

Peaty and powerful, this is one of the triumvirate of southern distilleries near Port Ellen. The Core Range tour (£15) is a good option, cutting out much of the distillery mechanics that you might have already exper…
Monument in Port Ellen

Kildalton Cross

A pleasant drive or ride leads past the distilleries to ruined Kildalton Chapel, 8 miles from Port Ellen. In the kirkyard is the exceptional late 8th-century Kildalton Cross. There are carvings of biblical scenes on…
Cafe in Port Ellen

Old Kiln Café

Housed in the former malting kiln at Ardbeg distillery, this cafe serves homemade soups, tasty light meals, heartier daily specials and a range of desserts, including traditional clootie dumpling (a rich steamed pud…
Distillery in Port Ellen

Laphroaig

Laphroaig produces famously peaty whiskies just outside Port Ellen. Of the various premium tastings that it offers, the 'Water to Whisky' tour (£100) is recommended – you see the water source, dig peat, have a picni…