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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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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 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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