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Welcome to Islay Weblog

Islay Weblog Brings News and Events from Islay

Welcome to Islay Weblog

Islay Weblog Brings News and Events from Islay

Loch Gruinart

Loch Gruinart

Kildalton Cross

Kildalton Cross

Islay Cloud Formations

Islay Cloud Formations

Atlantic Sunset

Beautiful Sunsets on Islay Westcoast

Port Charlotte

On the Rhinns of Islay

Loch Indaal

Loch Indaal

Atlantic West Coast

Sanaigmore Bay Saligo Bay

Jura

Isle of Jura

Islay Whisky Distilleries

Islay is famous for it's malt whisky



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Arriving at Port Ellen Islay

A few weeks ago I wrote about Piper Thomas from Germany who plays the pipes and uses his music in a few beautiful Islay videos. Today I have found another one, this time the arrival at Port Ellen Islay from the ferry. Really nice!


direct link to video on youtube

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Video Report Arran and Islay

Youtube channel "Ducksingel", owned by Dutch folk who also run a whisky website, created three really nice videos of their trip to Arran and Islay which took place in July 2014. Their first video is shot entirely on the Isle of Arran. The second video starts in Lochranza where they take the ferry to Claonaig in Kintyre to continue their journey to Islay. The rest of the second video is shot in and around Port Ellen. Part three starts at Kildalton and after a stop in Bowmore and Loch Gruinart the Dutch couple head for Port Charlotte and Bruichladdich. The comments in the video are Dutch but the beautiful views are of course from Islay so enjoy!

Part 2 - South East Islay

direct link to video on youtube

Part 3 - Middle and West Islay

direct link to video on youtube

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A Beautiful Beach and Hill Walk on Islay

Islay has almost endless opportunities for walking and spending time in the beautiful nature. There is however one walk that I like best and that's the walk from Kilchoman Beach to Grannies Rock and further up the hill towards Kilchiaran Farm, providing the weather is kind! The great thing about this walk is that the track roughly follows the Atlantic Ocean, the stunning views over the sea and back to Machir Bay are constantly changing and as you go higher up the hill, always gradually, the views get more and more impressive. The rocks are a perfect habitat for Chough so you might spot some of these remarkable birds and the Ocean is also great for birdwatching. When you are all the way up the hill the track goes down again to Kilchiaran Farm and Kilchiaran Bay. Read more about this beautiful walk on our Islay walks pages or in a previous walk report


The beautiful view of Machir Bay from the track to Grannies Rock

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Scotland Votes No to Independence

BBC Scotland reports this morning that Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence. With the results in from all 32 council areas, the "No" side won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for "Yes", which translates to 55% for the Union and 45% for an independent Scotland.

Alex Salmond Said: "The unionist parties made vows late in the campaign to devolve more powers to Scotland. Scotland will expect these to be honoured in rapid course.Today of all days as we bring Scotland together, let us not dwell on the distance we have fallen short, let us dwell on the distance we have travelled and have confidence the movement is abroad in Scotland that will take this nation forward and we shall go forward as one nation." David Cameron said: "The people of Scotland have spoken and it is a clear result. They have kept our country of four nations together and like millions of other people I am delighted."

For Argyll and Bute the vote turned out as follows: NO 37,143 (58.52%) and YES 26,324 (41.48%). The turnout was 88.21%. I've read somewhere that the turnout on Jura was 100%. If and when the results from Islay are published I will update this post. In the meanwhile you can follow live updates here

Tag: independence referendum

Update on the Islay Pipe Band

With the season almost coming to an end the Islay Pipe Band has performed in several competitions this year. Their first competition of 2014 was the British Championships in Bathgate where they ended on the 6th place. Then the UK Championships followed and there they didn't have a great day, they ended as 16th. As you can read on their blog "It was a long road home from this one". Later on in June they played in Forres for the European Championships where they became 4th, a good achievement.

One of their last performances was at the Worlds in Glasgow on the 16th of August where they became 10th in the grade 3a final. You can see them live in a few weeks time at the Jura Music Festival wich takes place from the 26th - 28th September. There will be another CD later this year so make sure you follow the updates on their website www.islaypipeband.com. Below is a video of their performance at the worlds in Glasgow. Enjoy!



direct link to video on youtube

Tag: islay pipe band video

New Owners for Kentraw Farmhouse

Ileach Editor Calum Murray writes: If you are driving along the road on the Rhinns side of Loch Indaal you may miss the discreet sign that points you up the track towards "Kentraw Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast". I followed the post van up the track as it made its daily deliveries. Donald James MacPhee was already at the gate to greet me as I parked my car. He was as smartly dressed as ever, his clothes protected by a blue and white pin-striped butcher’s apron. This was in marked contrast to his usual attire. Any time I’ve seen him in the past he has usually been behind the wheel of a Land Rover wearing the tweed jacket and cap, country check shirt and tie that marked him out as a gamekeeper. Donald James was head keeper at Dunlossit for many years before his recent retirement.

If retirement is the right word. The very day after leaving his post he and his wife, Isobel, were welcoming their very first guests into their newly acquired business and home. Donald James took me for a look around the outside of the farmhouse. The building is much bigger than I had imagined on my way up. There is a huge outbuilding at one time it housed cattle in whose centre he has already installed a wooden shed to carry on with his many projects! The house itself, with its four guest bedrooms, reception room, sitting room, kitchen and dining room, has an adjoining wing that he and Isobel will have to themselves. The views from the front are quite stunning: there are clear views of Jura, Ireland, Colonsay, Islay’s higher hills and Loch Indaal. Donald James points a finger; we can even see his old house! Continue reading...

Wrecked Steamship Floristan at Kilchiaran Bay Islay

The Strick Line Steamship Floristan, built by J. Readhead in South Shields, had been loaded at Manchester with a varied cargo including locomotive parts ad military stores. She set sail on 15th January 1942 for Freetown and the Persian Gulf and reached Islay where she was to await the assembly of a convoy. The exact reason for her wrecking is not know but at 9.30pm on the 19th of january she ran aground at the entrance to Kilchiaran Bay. The Port Askaig Lifeboat was launched at 11:35pm but by the time she reached the stranded vessel the crew had already reached the shore safely in the ship's boats.

The above extract from the book Argyll Shipwrecks is just one example of a wrecked ship in Islay's waters. The list of Shipwrecks in Islay waters is very long and has names on it of which we can be reminded even today. Various monuments and graves remind us of the tragedies that took place in the treacherous seas around the island such as the loss of the troopships Otranto and Tuscania. Also the tragedy with the Exmouth has left its mark. Continue reading...

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