A Decade of Fuelling Dreams: Port Ellen Filling Station Celebrates Their 10th Anniversary

The Port Ellen Filling Station on the Isle of Islay is celebrating its 10th anniversary since being acquired by the South Islay Trading Company (SITCo), a trading arm of the South Islay Development (SID) charity. Serving as the only fuel provider in South Islay, the station has been a crucial asset for the local community and the 50,000 tourists who visit annually. When the station faced closure in 2014, SID stepped in to purchase it, driven by strong community support and funding from grants and local benefactors.

 

 

Over the past decade, the station has overcome numerous challenges, including staffing shortages, equipment issues, regulatory demands, and the impacts of COVID-19. Despite these hurdles, it has remained operational, employing a full-time staff member and continually upgrading its services. Improvements have included building refurbishments, expanded retail offerings, and the addition of electric vehicle charging points and motorhome facilities.

Looking ahead, SITCo plans further renovations and the addition of motorhome pitches to address ‘wild camping’ issues and generate additional revenue. Directors John Findlay and Ian Faggetter emphasise the importance of community support, good staff, and active involvement in the station’s success. Their dedication and the collective effort of the community have been vital to keeping the station running and ensuring it continues to serve the needs of locals and visitors alike.

 

Some pictures from the 10th year anniversary celebration

 

 

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A Decade of Fuelling Dreams Port Ellen Filling Station Celebrates Their 10th Anniversary