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Ardbeg (Scottish Gaelic: An Àird Bheag). is a small settlement on southern coast of the island of Islay off the west coast of Scotland. It is around 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Port Ellen and 1 mile (1.6 km) north-east of Lagavulin at the eastern terminus of the A846 road.

Ardbeg across bay - Canthusus.JPG
Ardbeg and the distillery
Ardbeg is located in Argyll and Bute
Location within Argyll and Bute
OS grid referenceNR415464
Civil parish
  • Kildalton and Oa
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPA42
Dialling code01496
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
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55°38′10″N 6°07′37″W / 55.636°N 6.127°W / 55.636; -6.127Coordinates: 55°38′10″N 6°07′37″W / 55.636°N 6.127°W / 55.636; -6.127

Ardbeg is the site of the Ardbeg distillery which was established in 1815 and produces malt whisky. The village grew up around the distillery[1] and by 1900 was home to over 40 distillery workers[2][3] and had a village school with over 100 pupils.[2] By the end of the 1920s the decline in the village was "noticeable".[4]

The name Ardbeg is an anglicisation of the Scottish Gaelic An Àird Bheag, meaning The Small Promontory.[5]


  1. ^ Wilson.N (2003) Ardbeg in The Island Whisky Trail pp.32-43, Colour Books Ltd. (available online), retrieved 2015-10-20.
  2. ^ a b Wilson.N op. cit. p.34
  3. ^ History, Ardbeg project. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  4. ^ Wilson.N op. cit. p.38
  5. ^ "Ardbeg". Retrieved 17 December 2017.

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