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The Columba Centre Islay

The Columba Centre on Islay, Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle in Gaelic, is located just outside Bowmore on the road to Bridgend. The Columba Centre used to be an old fever hospital and the centre as it is today was opened in August 2002. The old fever hospital was renovated and the centre now offers teaching rooms, a library, childcare facilities, meeting rooms, broadcasting facilities, computer room and exhibition space. The Columba Centre's primary function is to maintain, and where possible promote, the Gaelic culture and language. No wonder because Islay was once the very centre of the Gaelic political world and the Gaelic language has been spoken on Islay for almost 1500 years. Irish immigrants brought the language to Islay and even today almost 35% of the Ileach speak Gaelic. The Centre also offers Gaelic courses at all levels and Gaelic medium and higher education in partnership with the Gaelic College Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye.

The website from The Columba Centre can be found here

Islay's Claggain Bay - A sheltered little Paradise

Claggain Bay on Islay is not a place where lots of tourists go to. The most tourists come as far as Ardbeg Distillery and some of them continue to visit Kildalton Cross and Chapel and only a few keep driving on towards Ardtalla Farm. And to be honest, the road isnt built for a lot of tourists but this part of Islay is particularly beautiful and quiet. Deer are spotted easily when you drive from Kildalton to Ardtalla, and Ardtalla itself offers a wonderful walk along Rubha Liath towards Proaig offering wonderful views over the Sound of Islay towards Kintyre and Jura.

On our first trip during our honeymoon I made this picture from Claggain Bay and when I showed it to collegues at work they couldn't imagine it was in Scotland. It is the picture I have added here and indeed it looks tropical. The weather was amazing, blue skies and a good 22 celsius made it perfect. The beach at Claggain Bay is wonderful, this must be the place where they invented the word tranquility. The sand on the beach is white and on the higher part covered with the most beautiful pebbles. They say that when you take a pebble with you, you will come back to Islay. So we did and up till now it worked for us.

Bruichladdich Racing

Tim Greaves, a shareholder of the Bruichladdich Distillery, and fan of Radical SR9 racecars now has his own sportscar team which will drive under the name Team Bruichladdich Radical banner. The Bruichladdich car will appear in this year's Le Mans Series from the next round, at the Nurburgring in Germany this weekend from 15-16 July. Tim Greaves will share driving duties with Stuart Moseley.

Here a quote from the crash.net website: "A second Radical SR9 will appear in this year's Le Mans Series from the next round, at the Nurburgring this weekend [15-16 July], following marque fan Tim Greaves decision to follow Martin Short's Rollcentre Racing into battle.

You are entering Islay Time

19:01 a golden eagle soars over the Beinn Dubh
19:02 Jim pots black on the Cyber Café pool table
19:03 Waves lap on the shore
19:04 Nicol MacKinnon spots a seal basking on a rock
19:05 The Campbell boys pull on their Wellington Boots
19:06 Yogi checks the alcohol levels in the Ardbeg Still Room
19:07 Rhuaraidh catches a fish off the pier at Ardbeg
19:08 The calmac ferry departs from Port ellen
19:09 Waves lap against the harbour wall
19:10 A party of walkers reach the summit of Dùn Bhorariac
19:11 Posha refills the ardbeg shop shelves
19:12 A car waits while cows cross the road
19:13 A young couple return from a stroll around Lossit Bay
19:14 Ted practices the piano in Bowmore Hall
19:15 Duncan orders another pint in the Ardview
19:16 An octogenerian pays tribute at the American Monument
19:17 George re-boots pc numer 3 at the cyber cafe
19:18 A rare bird is spotted on the Mull of Oa
19:19 A postcard of the Kiladalton cross is sold in MacPhersons's
19:20 Jackie pours a dram for a new committee member
19:21 Waves lap on the shore
19:22 Kristen Himmelbaum spots the Devil's tree in Bridgend
19:23 Hamish checks the temperatures in the Ardbeg Stillroom
19:24 A pothole on the b8017 is discussed by locals
19:25 Laurie tunes his fiddle
19:26 A sheep is dipped at Kintour Farm
19:27 Dugga rolls a barrel into the warehouse
19:28 Yogi checks the alcohol levels in the Ardbeg Stillroom
19:29 Vicki sticks a toe in the sea at Kilchiaran
19:30 Stuart judges the colour of the spirit from a sherry cask
19:31 Posha refills the Ardbeg shop shelves
19:32 Paula takes a triple order for the Ardbeg seafood salad
19:33 Old friends meet on Bowmore High Street
19:34 A few spots of rain fall
19:35 Arra and Iomhar are creating more faboulous pottery

Perhaps you wonder what this is all about? If you visit the Ardbeg Distillery Website and take a close look you will see what's happening on Islay at a certain time, randomly displayed. It's a nice feature and when you have ever visited Islay you can almost see it happen. On the mainland there is always the joke about "English/Scottish time". If you are not sure whether they are one hour before or behind European time you just remember that they are 1 hour and 25 years behind :-). And for Islay Time, you will find that out when you visit Islay......

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