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Shipwreck of the Wyre Majestic going down

The area in and around the Sound of Islay is a notorious graveyard of ships with over 50 wrecks catalogued. There are strong rips and currents that boil through the narrow sound and these have caught many vessels unawares. At 338 tons Wyre Majestic was built by Cochranes in 1956 at Selby. One of the large fleet of Wyre Trawlers, she ran ashore in the Sound of Islay on passage from Oban close to the Bunnahabhain Distillery.

Unable to get berths in the busy port of Oban, Wyre Majestic and Wyre Defence decided to steam for Fleetwood to land their catch. Wyre Defence pulled ahead of the Majestic Majestic's skipper was in his bunk and the bosun at the wheel as she seemed to move to the starboard side of her sister ship and would appear to have held a south west by south course for too long......

Sound of Islay Ferry (history of)

In the mid 1960’s the islands on the west coast of Scotland were served by two kinds of vessels; mail ferries operated by David MacBrayne Ltd and 'puffers' - small bulk cargo vessels capable of landing at simple piers or on the beach to discharge coal, lime etc. MacBrayne’s also operated a number of cargo vessels out of Glasgow. None of these vessels was equipped to deal with road transport.

The three car ferries owned by MacBrayne's were all side-loading and not suited to carrying the sharply increasing growth in tourist traffic or commercial vehicles. In 1966 three people engaged in contracting work on the west coast decided to set up the Eileann sea service. With the help of an HIDB loan the vessel Isle of Gigha was constructed and started operation in the middle of the seaman's strike. But in November the ship capsized and this put the company in financial difficulty.....

Weather and Webcam on Islay

Wednesday 21st of June and the start of summer. From time to time I take a look at the webcams from the Bruichladdich distillery and think of the wonderful times we had on Islay. Today (wednesday 21st of June) was however a bad day on Islay and in the west of Scotland. Very strong winds and lots of rain. The image on the left is captured from the Bruichladdich Distillery webcams. Sometimes a picture says more than a 1000 words!

Fine weather to visit the odd distillery and taste some fine drams!

Islay Festival 2006

Quoted from the Ileach Newspaper: Islay’s major annual event, the Festival of Malt and Music, more than lived up to its well earned and world-wide reputation, by providing visitors and an increasing percentage of locals with fine portions of both malt and music. Even at the start of the Festival on Saturday 27th it was possible to overdose on the music being purveyed with Cliar in Bowmore Hall and Carol Laula and ninetyfiveproof in Bruichladdich.

With multiple appearances by Skerryvore, Deoch an Dorus, Islay Pipe Band, The Maverick Angels and Norma Munro and with singularly enthusiastic performances from piper Stuart Liddell, last year’s popular Friday evening headliners, Blazin’ Fiddles and the noisiest pipe band in the world, Clannan Drumma at Ardbeg on the Saturday.

There were, of course many events ancillary to the music and malt bits, such as the Texas Scramble at Machrie, the Clootie Dumpling workshop, Fishing and Bowling competitions, and it is testament to the enthusiasm and work ethic of the Festival Committee that these ‘smaller’ events contuinue to take place.

However, we’d be kidding ourselves if we thought that the population of Islay virtually doubled during this week for any reason other than Islay and Jura’s nine malt whisky distilleries. With the number of attractions at each distillery during their particular ‘open days’ it was obvious that it was not only the festival comittee that was working hard. Aside from tours with the managers and staff, nosing and tasting masterclasses, there were midnight tours, walks to the water sources, blending classes, special bottlings and numerous other delights for the avid and often far travelled whisky lover.

We have already had report of folks booking for next year’s event, many of whom have been coming for several years. Long may it continue.

With kind permission from The Ileach

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