From today onwards I will try to give wee impressions of the Islay Festival 2016, mostly of the distillery open days. The first distillery open day of this years Islay festival was held at Lagavulin Distillery. Saturday morning started with heavy downpours and just in time the weather changed and it dried up, although there were a few showers passing during the day.
It was a special day for Lagavulin as they were also celebrating their 200th anniversary. When we arrived in Lagavulin around 11.30am we were rather overwhelmed by the amount of cars and the long queue of people waiting for the special 18yr festival bottling. Some folk were already waiting there for hours and from what we had seen they would have to wait a few hours more. We went into the courtyard instead and enjoyed the music, art stalls, woodcraft tent and the constantly changing light over the bay with Dunyvaig Castle. The weather seems to be improving for tomorrow which will mean sunshine at Bruichladdich open day, and next week the good weather will stay with us. The pictures below give an impression of our visit. Tomorrow we'll report from Laddie Open Day. Continue reading...
Music tent and folk in the yard.
Tents on the shore at Warehouse 1
View over Lagavulin Bay and Dunyvaig Castle