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Diardaoin, 14/May/2015

Islay High School: Fichead Bliadhna

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OK, I admit I don't understand a word. But I think at least some of my readers will, so it's worth sharing. Not to forget that I've shared previous entries as well. Entries? Yes, because this was Islay High School's entry for FilmG the Gaelic short film competition 2015:

YouTube: Fichead Bliadhna

This year's theme was ‘Gealladh’ which means ‘promise’, ‘vow’ or ‘wager’. They tackled it as follows:

The pupils in Islay have big plans for the future and make a pact to meet again in 20 years, will everything have gone to plan?

Or more fittingly in Gaelic:

Tha planaichean mòra aig a’ chlas dhaibh fhèin san fhichead bliadhna a tha ri thighinn – saoil an tèid dhaibh a tha iad an dùil?

As I unfortunately can't understand what they are saying I have to resort to guessing: Did one of them become a Hollywood actress in LA? And another went into fishing (or some other seafaring profession)?

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Didòmhnaich, 10/May/2015

Islay Blogging Roundup #326

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That's a fairly productive weekend slowly coming to an end, got quite a few things done I had wanted to do for some time. Unfortunately didn't get to fly the new Phantom 3 yet, as while I was able to pick it up from BYOD on Saturday it unfortunately was too windy for a first flight this weekend. Hope I manage to get some good practice in before my next Islay visit. But enough of that, over to another quick Islay blogging roundup:

Becky writes about the Marathon of Marathons, which included a distillery marathon on Islay. Matt experienced some Wind swept adventures on Islay. Ron had A Stunning Walk up Beinn Bheigeir.

The Whisky Wash writes about Telling The Story Of Islay The Bob Simon Way and Tarnmoor writes about the Smoky Nectar of the Gods. The Alkoblog from Germany writes Exklusiv: Wiedereröffnung von Port Charlotte nicht 2016 (although I don't think that's a big surprise to anyone) and has Stürmische Stunden: Lagavulin 12 Cask Strength im Test. The Bruichladdich News blog announces this year's Essential Maintenance Period and is looking for donations/sponsorship for Team Bruichladdich To Ride The Etape Caledonia.

On the Islay Birds blog we find pictures of a Dotterel and a Corncrake before Ian returns from foreign lands. On the RSPB Islay blog the New bird on the block introduces herself and David posts more pictures of the Dotterel.

Mark Unsworth's Image of the week shows the Islay ferry MV Finlaggan. James Collett brings us the Kilchoman Bay Shipwreck and the very well spotted Dragon Fossils. Ron has some Loch Indaal Lighthouse pictures. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I've picked Breaking waves over rocks in Saligo Bay, the Beach in Port An Eas and a Big wave splash in front of the Opera House Rocks, Isle of Islay.

That's all for this roundup, I hope you've found something interesting.

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Disathairne, 09/May/2015

Family holiday on Islay and Jura video

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Tonight a new video from someone I've already shared two previous videos from. Last year I blogged Family visit to Islay's Saligo Bay (video) and Impressions of Port Charlotte, Islay. Now Sauli Puro from Finland (who also makes music) has composed and recorded some new music and combined it with some impressions from Islay and Jura:

YouTube: Drystone: Images Of Islay

I hope you've enjoyed Sauli's video, some nice views I think. Should wet your appetite for another Islay holiday…

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Dihaoine, 08/May/2015

Friday Islay Picture #362 - Lighthouse and coast

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That's the election finally out of the way now, some will be happy with the results, others less so. More important for this blog though is that today is Friday, meaning that it is the start of the weekend and time for another Friday Islay picture:

Picture of a lighthouse and a coastline on a calm sunny afternoon

This was taken from the Islay ferry in April, unfortunately it was going the wrong way, as I was leaving after the walking week. On the right of course McArthur's Head lighthouse, on the left the coast towards Ardtalla.

I hope you like the picture, as usual I will post a larger version of the picture on the Islay Pictures photoblog on Saturday morning. But for now, good night and have a great weekend!

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Dimàirt, 05/May/2015

Music in the Port Charlotte Hotel, Islay

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Johann was missing Scotland, so he uploaded two video with some nice music from Islay. For others also missing Islay and/or Scotland I thought I share them here as well, enjoy the music:

YouTube: Good times on Islay

Next some Gaelic singing, including by Graham, the owner of the Port Charlotte Hotel:

YouTube: Good Times on Islay, Part Deux

I hope you enjoyed that. Thanks to Johann for sharing, if you go to his website in this gallery of people in Scotland you'll find quite a few from Islay as well.

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Diluain, 04/May/2015

Islay Blogging Roundup #325

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After over a month since the Islay Blogging Roundup #324 and with the walkislay 2015 report finally out of the way I thought I should have a go at another Islay blogging roundup. There should be enough interesting writing out there…

Going back over a month probably one of the best April fools for a while: No More Peated Whisky from Islay. Next not an April fools but one of the more unusual entries: Jan ter Harmsel, a Dutch football referee writes about Refereeing in Scotland: my international debut. You guessed right, his international debut took place on Islay.

A few Islay whisky related posts: The Whisky Wash explains Here’s How You Can Have Your Own Tiny Plot Of Islay (Hint: It Involves Whisky). The Alkoblog from Germany has a variety of Islay whisky related posts: Die Größte auf Islay: Caol Ila Destillerie & Whisky-Tasting, Wellenbrecher: Bruichladdich Waves im Test, “I want to claim my plot!” – Landbesitzer bei Laphroaig, Hart im Nehmen: Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength im Test and Nachwuchs auf Islay: Kilchoman-Destillerie im Portrait as well as Die Islay-Rockstars: Exklusive Einblicke bei Bruichladdich. Brendan is approaching the end of his Islay series with The Islay Series – Distillery #7: Bowmore and Whisky Review #7: Bowmore. The Minty is Falling in Love with Islay: Bruichladdich Whisky. If you like to bake with whisky and speak French you can try Gâteau Nantais… un peu écossais. Gordon Homer brings us The Sound of Islay……. A Caolilathon!. The Bruichladdich news blog reports Distilling Legend Jim McEwan To Retire In July and writes about Whisky Island - A Tribute To Bob Simon.

A few Islay visitors: Clementine writes Travel: Islay - Scotland's Whisky Isle. Angie cycled around Islay and writes about it in Whisky whiffs on Islay, A funny ole night at the Port Charlotte Hotel and Out and about around Islay without my big bags…. Locomotion Scotland reviews Scottish Routes Islay tour in A visit to whisky HQ, the Isle of Islay. Susanne was also on a 4 Day Islay Whisky Tour with Scottish Routes?, she also has a Review - The Bowmore House B&B, Islay.

Ron has a rant Where is the Plan B Calmac? and writes about the Islay Motor Club Drive it Day. And while Ron's rant didn't really go viral this one about the same topic certainly did: An open letter to Caledonian MacBrayne. In Devils on horseback Justin Tyers announces that they will be leaving Islay. The Our Learning Blog of Port Ellen primary brings us entries about the Day of Dance, The Junior Saltire Awards, visiting the Gaelic College and the Finance Week!!!!!!!!!! Also according to the Dower House crew Everything is perfect! after announcing Spring is here!

A bit of birdwatching and wildlife: Gordon Yates reports of an April Corncrake. On the Islay Birds blog James writes about an invasion of Whitethroats before handing over to the next holiday cover for Ian and Margaret. Earlier in April there was a Great White Egret. On the RSPB Islay blog we find Doe, a deer, some last Winter birds and finally some Spring arrivals on The Oa.

To close of course a few pictures: Mark Unsworth has a great shot of Gordon Muir, a view of the Port Ellen Maltings and a view of Kilnaughton Bay. Ron announces his Islay Photo Blog Updates. Konrad Borkowski announced the Jura: The Deer Island – Limited Edition Album and the Islay Whisky Distilleries – Limited Edition Photographic Album. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I've picked Beach reflections in Machir Bay, Beautiful April sunrise at Kilchoman, Port Ellen from Kilnaughton beach and International Space Station (ISS) passing over Kilchoman, Isle of Islay.

I think I'll leave it at that, I hope you've found something interesting to read in this selection.

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Didòmhnaich, 03/May/2015

Look back at the Islay walking week 2015

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Two weeks ago I returned from Islay after a wonderful Islay walking week. I think it's really time now that I write at least something about, having not got round to it so far for various reasons. I'm not entirely sure, but I think as of this year I might be the only person who completed at least one walk in all of the walking weeks since the first one in 2003. So how was this year's walking and more?

Picture of walkers above a waterfall

It was great. Having arrived at Kilchoman Cottages (now run by David and Caroline after Ian and Margaret's well earned retirement) on Saturday evening after a nice drive past Loch Lomond and through Argyll (with snow on top of the hills in the Arrochar Alps) the walking started on Sunday morning on the Oa. We stopped at Port an Eas, where I took a quick detour down to the bottom of the waterfall and the beach, many thanks to David Wood and the other walkers for their patience while they waited at the top. Later that day I enjoyed a nice sunset in Machir Bay and watched the International Space Station (ISS) passing over Kilchoman, a great sight.

Unfortunately the next two days the weather deteriorated with a lot of clouds and at times at lot of rain. That didn't stop us from walking though. On Monday Willy Inglis took us into the hills north of Bridgend, on Tuesday Scott Brown took us up to Rhuvaal from Bridgend (we shortened the route as with the low clouds it would have been too dangerous to go over the hills to Bholsa). On both days Willy and Scott were very well supported by Grant, trainee gamekeeper (hope that's the right term) at Islay Estates (see also their Walk Islay entry).

Picture of a group of wet walkers in the rain

Despite the rain the walking was very enjoyable, mainly because of the walk leaders and the banter with the other walkers. The mixture of locals, returning walkers and first time visitors really makes it enjoyable.

On Wednesday I decided to take a break while many of the walkers visited Colonsay for a nice sunny day at Kiloran Bay. I went to the beaches on Islay instead (Machir Bay and Saligo Bay) and visited Bruichladdich where among other things I filled a bottle straight from a cask. Thursday saw us in the sunny south east of Islay, where Tam Dunn and Niall Colthart took us to the Iron Age forts and an abandoned village, some great history and local knowledge from them. I can't remember how many exactly, but I think 6 or 7 antlers were collected during this walk (one of them is now in my lounge).

Then it was time for my highlight of the walking week, which actually wasn't on Islay but on neighbouring Jura. Gordon Muir and Paul Graham took us to the far north of Jura, past Barnhill (where George Orwell wrote 1984) to the Gulf of Corryvreckan with the Corryvreckan Whirlpool. We had some of the most amazing weather possible and just while we were at the Gulf three German Schnellboote passed through (for one of them see German Schnellboot and Venture West RIB at the Corryvreckan). While not in full flow we still got to see the whirlpool and standing waves, an amazing sight.

Picture of a group of walkers high above a gulf between two islands

On Saturday it was time to say good bye, after a visit to Ian and Margaret I had another chance to visit Saligo Bay before it was time to board the ferry to Kennacraig. The ferry crossing took place in beautiful sunshine with great views back to Islay and Jura.

A fitting end to a fantastic week.

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Disathairne, 02/May/2015

Evening flight over Kilchiaran, Islay

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During my recent Islay visit in April I didn't get to fly my quadcopter as it was too windy for most days. The only day it was calm enough I was out on Jura walking to the Corryvreckan. However, someone else filmed a nice short flight at sunset on the west coast of Islay:

YouTube: Sunset drone flight Islay. Scotland

Some lovely views I'm sure you'll agree, very calm and peaceful. On that note, have a good evening and a good night!

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Dihaoine, 01/May/2015

Friday Islay Picture #361 - Coull Farm behind dune

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Bank holiday weekend. Yay. Hopefully a chance to get back into blogging here after a mostly failed attempt this week. For today another Friday Islay picture, a view in Machir Bay, Coull Farm kind of hiding behind the Kilchoman dunes:

Picture of a farm seen behind a dune

Thought I give this a try to get a slightly different view across Machir Bay. What do you think? I'll post a larger version of the picture on the Islay Pictures photoblog on Saturday morning, until then I'll leave you to ponder if you like the picture.

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Didòmhnaich, 26/Apr/2015

Jonny and friends Islay visit video

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Been busy with all kinds of admin and household things this weekend, so I'm afraid the WalkIslay report and a long overdue Islay blogging roundup will have to wait another day. Instead here's a nice video from Jonny about his and his friends Islay visit:

YouTube: Islay 2015

Nicely captures a typical Islay holiday I think, ever changing weather, beaches, whisky and lighthouses. Something along those lines.

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