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Ballygrant, Isle of Islay

A few miles to the south-west of Port Askaig on the island of Islay lies Loch Finlaggan, a place of great importance in Scottish history. In the loch are three islands, two of which lie close to the north shore. These are Eilean Mòr (large island) and Eilean na Comhairle (council isle), both of which contain fragmentary remains of buildings. Here the installation of the Lords of the Isles took place. The Macdonald Lords of the Isles were descended from Somerled, a 12th century ruler, and these lords, the chiefs of Clan Donald, chose Finlaggan as their home and the centre of their realm, so that Islay is often referred to as the Cradle of Clan Donald.

Opening Times

The Visitor Centre is open from April-October. Opening times: 10.30-4.15. The island is accessible all year round.

Pricing Details

Adults: £4.00
Concessions (OAPs, students): £3.00
Children (12-16 years of age): £2.00
Children (under 12s): free
Special rate for groups of ten or more




Finlaggan Visitor Centre
Isle of Islay
PA45 7QL
Phone: 01496 840 644
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Finlaggan is well signposted from the main road. When travelling north on the A846 towards Port Askaig, take a left turn about one mile after the village of Ballygrant. Follow the single-track road and after half a mile take another left turn onto the Finlaggan Farm road. Drive carefully as this is a working farm and there may be animals on the road. The Finlaggan Visitor Centre is at the end of the road. Access to the island is by a path through a farm field and a bridge across the water.

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