The CyberCafe in Port Ellen opened its doors in 1998 as a community project for disabled people during the day and as a hangout for the youth in Port Ellen at night where they could socialise and learn more about computers, hence the name CyberCafe. George McGilvary and the MacTaggart family were the driving forces behind all this and the official name is now the Mactaggart Community CyberCafe, which is a registered charity.
In the years after 1998 the CyberCafe became known by many tourists for the internet access they provided, nowadays they also offer WiFi internet. It was one of few places on Islay, if not the only one, where public internet was available back then. In 2005 they franchised the kitchen and multi purpose room to generate an income to help towards the running of the Cafe and in 2008 they celebrated their 10th anniversary.
The CyberCafe is hosting many activities for young and old, from movie nights and disco's to the computerclub, bingo and outdoor activities such as sponsored walks, planting the tubs on the village green and many other activities. They also have a pool table, snooker table, Large Projection TV and a Slush Bar serving sweets, crisps, juice and also Slush. You can contact the CyberCafe by phone: 01496 302693 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For the opening hours please check their website or visit them on Facebook
The Cyber Bistro, attached to the CyberCafe, is a family restaurant open seven days a week, run independently from the CyberCafe. The Bistro offers freshly cooked nutritious food such as fresh seafood, home made soups, fresh burgers made on the premises - beef, pork, lamb or venison. Sandwiches, paninis, rolls and toasties made to order. They also have home baking, Freshly ground coffee, cappuccino and espresso. Seafood Platter or Fresh Fish and Chips are their specialities. For takeaways and enquires phone 01496 300509.