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Monthly Archives: May 2010

Day 3: Caol Ila

Caol Ila dont have any parking on site, so they set up parking in Ballygrant and ran buses down. Because we have the dog with us, we decided to park at ballygrant and walk down past some lochs. A lovely walk, see next post. We had booked a tasting master class with Caol Ila and […]

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Day 2: Laphroaig gathering

blimey sunday was busy, no wonder we are all knackered today. Michelle and Arby had a nap after Bruichladdich, then it was off down to Laphroaig for the gathering. The weather had turned, it was overcast with a light soft rain, which seemed appropriate since we were going to stand in a peat field. Got […]

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Day 2 Walk: Bridgend Woods

I always wake up early, so this blogging lark gives me something to do whilst waiting for michelle to wake up. However, we are doing so much I’m going to get left behind! Sunday started with glorious sunshine. We chose the walk closest to us, which is a 2 hour walk through some lovely woods […]

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Day 2: Bruichladdich Day

Bruichladdich festivities were from 12 to 6 pm. There were some entertainments for children, many different food stalls, a beer tent run by the Islay brewery, a cocktail bar run very efficiently by some Germans and of course a whisky bar. It was a fiver to get in, but this included two free drams (of Rocks, apparently no choice […]

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Day 1 Walk: on the beach at Bridgend

We are staying at a lovely cottage 1 mile out of bridgend called cross house west http://www.crosshousewest.co.uk/ its done up really well and is a lovely place, I would recommend it to anyone. It has direct access to the beach, which seemed like a huge advantage for the dog. However, sheep roam freely all around the […]

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Day 1: Lagavulin day

Saturday 22nd is Lagavulin’s open day. Laga are doing a special bottling of 528 bottles. We were not arriving until 15:00 at port askaig. We raced from the ferry right accross the island, parked up and dashed to the shop. Turned out we were just in time and got the last two bottles! Happy happy […]

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And they are off…

Drive up from norwich to scotland, stopping off in various places  (Penrith is lovely) to walk the dog. We are overnighting in the Stagecoach Inn at Cairndow. Its absolutely gorgeous here (sunny weather helps). They have some new rooms overlooking loch fyne and they allow dogs. There is also a stunning woodland park 2 mins up […]

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Islay Walks

we will not just be drinking whisky, we will also be exploring the island with Arby. Last time we went to islay we found it very hard to find information about walks, until the last day when we found a small pamphlet book with lots of excellent walks explained! e bought it anyway and miraculously […]

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Festival Bottlings 1: Lagavulin and Caol Ila

So Diageo have annouced their festival bottlings, both priced at £75. Looks like they have gone up a fair amount in price? Lagavulin there is a single European oak cask (528 bottles) filled in August 1994, bottled at 52.7% ABV. The cask was picked by Iain McArthur from the famous Port Ellen warehouse. The cost […]

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Could have travelled in class…

these guys are running seaplanes to islay. Without doubt my favorite way of travelling, shame we didnt see this before! Islay to Campbeltown in 14 minutes Islay Whiskey Festival Loch Lomond Seaplanes has offered to put on service between Islay and Campbeltown Harbour and back during the Whisky Festival, in May. What: Express flights When: […]

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