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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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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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Festival Events: be quick!

for the newbie festival attendees like us, here is a tip. If you want to go to the masterclass tastings keep an eagle eye out for when they are announced, this year it was early March. They sell out very quickly, usually before they are posted on the official festival site (link above,  I did not even […]

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Getting to Islay

getting to islay is not easy. You can fly from Glasgow with flybe or loganair or drive. If you drive, you need to get a ferry from Kennacraig to either Port Ellen or Port Askaig, book via calmac http://www.calmac.co.uk/ I thought there used to be a ferry to Oban, but cant find mention of it now. […]

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Islay here we come

Tony, Michelle and Arby are off to the 2010 islay festival, woo hoo!  More info to follow

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