At Saturday 26 May the Islay Festival kicks off with a loaded programme. What you see here are the highlights of the festival week, there is much much more to see and do. One of the major highlights will be the "cutting of the ribbon" at the New Port Charlotte Distillery. No doubt the Ileach will print the full programme. Another good source of information is the Feis Ile Website. For a good impression of last years festival and many pictures have a look at the Feis Ile 2006 page.
Saturday 26 May:Feis Market Local produce and other goodies. 11a.m. - 2p.m. In Bowmore Square. Stalls and BBQ and Live music.
Festival Opening Concert Bowmore Hall 7.30p.m.
Lagavulin Distillery Open Day Open Day at Lagavulin Distillery from 12Noon.
Sunday 27 May:Bruichladdich Distillery Open Day 12pm with lots of events and "cutting the ribbon at the new Port Charlotte Distillery".
Artists performing are Norma Munro, Islay Pipe band and others.
Clootie Dumpling Ceilidh At Bowmore Hall 20.00-01.00hrs.
Monday 28 May: Whisky Tasting Ceilidh At the Ramsay Hall, Port Ellen from 7.00pm
Port Ellen Maltings open day. Tours will start at 12Noon and finish at 4p.m.
Tuesday 29 May:"Songs of the Islay Bards" Night Learn Gaelic Choruses for "Songs of the Islay Bards" Night 11.00-13.00hrs at The Columba Centre, Bowmore.
Bunnahabhain Distillery Maturation Talk and Tour of Warehouse 14:30 - 16:00
Ceilidh At Laphroaig 7.30p.m. Music by "The Lochsiders".
Laphroaig Distillery Open Day from 9.30a.m.
Wednesday 30 May:Islay Ales Islay Ales Open Day from 10.30am to 6pm.
Ceilidh with the Howff band 20.00-01.00hrs in the Bowmore Hall.
Bowmore Distillery Open Day from 0900.
Thursday 31 May:Dance at Lagavulin At the Distillery 7.30p.m.-1a.m.
Piping Recital At the Columba Centre, Gartnatra, by Bowmore 8p.m.
Jura Distillery Open Day from 10.30a.m.
Open day at Kilchoman Distillery, Tours, Tastings & Live Music From 11a.m.
Friday 1 June:Bunnahabhain Distillery Open Day & Managers' Evening 10.00-17.00
Family Ceilidh at the Lodge, Port Ellen 19.00-Midnight.
Saturday 02 June:Final Fling Ceilidh 22.30-02.00
Feis Ile 2006 Celebrations With Parade and Judging of Floats 5.30p.m.
Ardbeg Distillery Open Day.