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Port Askaig is a port village on the east coast of the island of Islay, in Scotland.EconomyPort Askaig has a hotel, a petrol station and shop next to the port but has very few households. In 2014, it was rated one of the most attractive postcode areas to live in Scotland.WhiskyPort Askaig is also the name for a recent bottling of Scotch whisky, produced for The Whisky Exchange, a retailer in the UK. It has three bottlings - a Cask Strength, a 17-year-old, and 25-year-old. The producing distillery is not officially identified.TransportWaterPort Askaig serves as the main port of Islay, sharing passenger services to the Scottish mainland with Port Ellen. It also has a regular service to Feolin, Jura across the Sound of Islay, and in the summer there is also a weekly service via Colonsay to Oban.Port Askaig is the base of the Islay RNLI lifeboat which is called out ten to twelve times a year.Port developmentBetween 2006 and 2009 Port Askaig was the site of a £13.7 million civil engineering project. The work included a new linkspan and other berthing facilities for mainland ferries, new facilities for the Jura ferry, and new car parks and waiting rooms. The redeveloped port was officially re-opened on 10 September 2009 by the Princess Royal.
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