Thanks Rudy, that's a very nice compliment you made me there. Much appreciated! You never know if I end up writing a book, but I might create a PDF file with information from the website for people to take with them when they visit Islay... So many ideas
Venice sounds great by the way but I guess it's quite a bit different from Islay. Venice is defintely one of the cities in Europe I really like to visit... if I only had the time.... and money
I think the PDF it's really great idea!
Think it's possible you create that before August? I think can help me more...
While surfing on the forum I just noticed my first posting was in the wrong topic.
Here I go again on the correct place.
Hello my name is Gerard and i live in the Netherlands.
The last 3 years I plan my Holidays in 2 phases. 1) with the family (mostly not to Scotland) and 2) with a friend who also loves whisky and Islay.
This year will be the 3rd in a row to visit Scotland and our visit to Islay is standard and every year longer because we enjoy the island. (the people, lifstyle, nature, whisky)
I joined the Forum to be able to learn more about Islay and the Ileach and perhaps to prepare for our next visit early August to which I look forward.
Looking forward to forum discussions too.
I've been in Dufftown last year and will near this year. On 3rd of August we will be traveling from Aviemore via the famous Whisky castle in Tomintoul (3rd visit) to the cooperage near Graigelachie and Dufftown.
Would be nice to meet you.
Our problem every year though is that we are lacking time and that is soooo anti the ´feel´ of Scotland.
The day before we arrive at Aviemore from Newcastle. Friday 3rd travelling in your area Saturday heading north already. We travel from 1 to 18th to, this time explore the north, Inverness via Lairg, Poolewe.
Then heading south direction Islay where we stay from 11 Aug. till 16th (much too short)
Any recommendations on how to plan Scotland next time but leaving enough time for our all time favourite Islay?
I know you will say: "Take an extra week" but unfortunately I have to split my holiday to A) a family Holiday elsewhere in Europe (my wife prefers not too far and if possible a warm country) and Scotland with a friend.
So with the limited holdays from work I have to do with a 2 weeks holiday or just over this year (temptation was too big).
Must be great living in this great country not having this problem.
It´s a pity we are not in Dufftown on your tasty Tuesday.
The Dufftown Whisky museum sounds like a good idea for a visit. I´ll talk to my friend on that.
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But then ever since my 1st visit to Islay in 2001, I have loved Ardbeg. This has also given me the idea to create my own Ardbeg by marrying cask-strength bottlings for 10 months in a Port Cask which I now enjoy.
The Name; "Adultery" a 7yo Cask-Strength at 51.1%.
Ardbeg is also my favourite.
See my comment on www.ardbeg.com/committeedelight.asp.
Your Adultery sounds very interesting to me. Like to taste it.
As said will talk to my friend. This must convince him !!!
Ann here - working again on a hot Sunday....its going to be close to 90 degrees F here today (not sure what it would be in C) - Ron, thanks for the reply....I guess its time to introduce myself - I am a native Floridian (yes, there are a few of us...) who now lives near Philadelphia. I work for the Federal Environmental Agency (US EPA) - love my job but I work to travel. I decided to learn to drink whisk(e)y in 2000 (long story) - So I decided to celebrate my 40th b-day (Sept 13, 2007) with something spectacular hence the trip to Islay - followed by London and the completion of the Coast to Coast Walk (I walked the eastern moor section in 2000). I initially started with the thought of just distilleries several months ago - but have found that there is so much more to see and do in Islay. My partner is more of a hard core travel guy (as in hiking the Appalachian Trail with 50 pound packs) - but is happy when there are distilleries involved! We both enjoy the Islay Malts - actually not realizing that we were buying mostly Islay singe malts! We both have attended the Whisky Fest in NYC (www.maltadvocate.com/whiskeyfest-ny.asp) and it appears that John Campbell from Laphroaig will be attending this year -
I am so excited about my trip and have a feeling that I will return many times!
Welcome Ann and good to see someone from across the ocean on the forum. If walking is your or your husbands thing than you could have a look at the Islay Access Website, the have good info on walking and some nice routes as well.
ps. 90 fahrenheit is 32.2 degr celsius, you wont find such temperatures on Islay
The Maggie is one of Ealing studios lesser known comedies. A wily old skipper of a Western Isles 'Puffer' and his motley crew lead all who come into contact with them a fine old time! Many scenes on Islay!