With the recent high temperatures on Islay the sheep were lucky to take a "coat off" and stay cool. The pictures were made by Arra Fletcher on Sunday the 23rd of July. Mike the Kiwi clipper, in the white t-shirt, comes over to Islay for almost 20 years assisted by Nigel and his wife Suzy. I'd better let the pictures speak for themselves...
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The Islay Jazz Festival is a unique and annual recurring event held in different venues all over the island. This years festival will be held from Friday 15th to Sunday the 17th of September. I just received an email from Fiona and here are already some artists to wet your appetite:
The official programme will be announced this thursday, August 3rd, and will be available on the official Islay Jazz Festival Website
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The Bowmore Round Church is situated at the end of Bowmore’s Mainstreet directly opposite the harbour. The church is also a wonderful landmark and offers wonderful views over Bowmore and Loch Indaal from it’s doorstep. Building started in 1767 and was initiated by Daniel Campbell the Younger. Construction took only three years, finished in 1769 and is the oldest church building on Islay where public worship takes place on a weekly basis.
The round shape of the church was created to prevent the devil from hiding in a corner. If that was the real reason or not, Bowmore Round church is a unique building on Islay, and probably Scotland, is open daily and definitely worth a visit.
A year after the building of the church commenced, the construction of the village of Bowmore started being a “planned village” with wide streets on a “grid-iron” pattern. In 1779, ten years later, Bowmore Distillery started their operation at the current location.
The church has its own attractive website and can be visited here.
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Saturday 16th of September the whisky specialist Versailles in Nijmegen, in the East of the Netherlands, celebrates his 10th anniversary. Together with Whiskyreizen.nl he is organising the worlds first ever whisky Walk Peat Night. Find all the details at Whiskycompany.com or by clicking here
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