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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Islay August 18th 2011

Tuesday morning, we got up and jumped in the car again in order to go to Finlaggan (on the way to Port Askaig) where they used to crown the lord of the isles and where they ruled form the 12th to about the 15th century....I won't write about it, you can read more here: http://www.finlaggan.com/about.asp. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but they do have a little visitor's centre (with some detail and artifacts), and you can see the ruins of some of the buildings (although the stone paths to the other islands involved are now under water since the water levels are much higher these days). All for a whopping price of 3GBP....I found it interesting, but part of that may be a family connection and we spent over an hour here, but may ... read more
What the sign says....
The Bunnahabhain Warehouse
Bunnahabhain

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Islay August 15th 2011

We left Inverness around 9:30 in the morning via a train destined for Glasgow. This time, we had a much better trip: our seats were reserved and we had a place for our luggage...so other than a family that needed to learn how to use their inside voices, the trip was more what we were used to when we had been to Scotland previously. We arrived at Glasgow Queen Street Station shortly before 1 PM and our flight wasn't until 5, but since we had bulky bags, we decided to head straight to the airport (probably our most expensive taxi ride at 25GBP). Cor and I only had a baggage allowance of 20 kg for the flight to Islay and we knew that we were going to be over with all of the clothes shopping (and ... read more
Bowmore Distillery
Bruichladdich
Hit it, Daddio...

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Islay March 12th 2011

For the whisky fanatic, Islay is a true Mecca: it is a relatively small Island in the Inner Hebrides directly west of Glasgow that boasts a whopping eight distilleries - and famous ones at that. Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Laphroaig... but for two windy days in early March we had the pleasure of visiting one of the prettiest-situated distilleries of them all: Bowmore. At their invitation, I and two of my colleagues: Granville (from Jeroboams Wine Merchants) who is coincidentally Scottish and Isabel (from Milroy's of Soho - www.milroys.co.uk) who is incidentally Argentinean, were given the chance to experience the distillery, its eponymously named village, and a bit of the island itself. For those who don't know we are from Jeroboams Wine Merchants and It was an effort to get to. From the time we arrived at Glasgow ... read more
Heading into a rainstorm
Bowmore barrel
A peat cuttin'

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Islay August 1st 2010

For Steve’s stag weekend, we went to the Hebridean island of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland. I met up with Allan in Glasgow and after a lager on Thursday evening we flew early Friday morning, on a Saab turbojet. On this dull morning, the water droplets on the plane windows were dispersed as soon as the propellers were switched on, and to reinforce the small scale of the operation, the chief stewardess announced “I'm Helen and I am your cabin crew today!” To be fair, there were only 39 seats in total, and less than a third were occupied. A short hop over such dreamy-sounding waterways as the Firth of Clyde, the Sound of Bute and the Sound of Jura took us to Islay, just a handbrake turn before the Atlantic Ocean, a place ... read more
Map of Islay
Coming in to land on a tiny Saab plane
Distillery #1: Kilchoman

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Islay April 23rd 2009

Hi everyone Peter has put together his story of Islay and it comes with a warning.....it's VERY whisky focussed. For those of you, like me whose eyes glaze over when the topic of whisky becomes a long conversation please don't feel obliged to read on! The adventure really started when we got to Inverary, where Richard Joynson's Loch Fyne Whiskies Shop is situated. I have been buying whisky by mail order from Richard for 10 years or so, thus was pleased to meet him. In typical Scotland fashion he took me through a range of whiskies, before I left clutching a bottle of Cask strength Peated Edradour one of 6000 especially made by Ian Henderson before he left for St George in Norfolk. That one is bound for QMWS. I also took away a bottle of ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Islay April 16th 2009

We're now at Islay which is in the north west of Scotland. It's a whisky person's paradise! I think there are 8 distilleries on the island and Peter's already been to 4. Although it's sunny here; it's absolutely freezing! I have acquired gloves and a scarf to go with my very thick sheepskin coat. I look like the michelin man when I go outside! We had a very uneventful trip to Scotland and enjoyed the trip over to Islay. The previous night we spent a night at Inverary which was one of those white Scottish picture postcard towns. The driving had been going well until yesterday. We were returning from Caol Isla distillery along a one lane windy road and unfortunately we drove off the road at a bad spot and we ended up in a ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Islay July 9th 2008

Hello All, this is Sunday July 6 , 2008 We are in a tiny village called Drymen, on the eastern side of Loch Lomond. It is so remote that there is no internet service, so I thought I would do it in a word document and I’ll send it tomorrow when we get to the island of Islay, pronounced Ilee. So, we left Edinburgh this morning and headed east, to the tiny village of Saint Andrews. But they did have an attraction, so golf course that Sarah wanted to go to. It’s called “The Old Course” at St. Andrews. Amazing!!!!!!!! An awesome place, even in the pouring down rain. It is the birthplace of “GOLF” what ever that is. I think that’s the roll a ball around a pasture and hopefully it will disappear in a ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Islay May 28th 2008

Thurs 22nd May 2008 - Left Deptford 4pm, drove to Dumfries with Nairn and his son Django, Travelodge, family room (£55). Text from Den (my wife) on motorway to say Ricky (my brother) caught up in Al Queda bomb attack in restaurant (Giraffe - Jewish company apparently) in Exeter! Arrived Dumfries about 11.15pm. Django slept most of the way. Weather drizzly in Scotland. Phoned Ricky who was cooking in the kitchen when the bomb went off in the toilet, thinking it was a light bulb exploding they carried on cooking, later police came in and told them to evacuate, "....but what about my pies in the oven?" says Ricky! Bomber is the only one to get blown up, Ricky's mate takes his photo on his mobile then sends it to Ricky's mobile, Ricky phones The Sun ... read more
Loch Stornoway
Port Charlotte, Islay
Nairn and Django at Bowmore Distillery




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