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Disathairne, 29/Aug/2015

Another Islay wildlife video

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Many of you will hopefully have enjoyed the two Islay and Jura wildlife videos from George Riddell I blogged about on Thursday. They showed days 1 and 4, there is no days 2 and 3 as George only took pictures those two days. However, there is a day 5/6 now, returning to Islay again:

Islay Day 5/6 - Dunes and Coast from MyWorld MyEyes on Vimeo.

I have to say, the Lambs chasing the Hares are rather cute. And while we shouldn't apply human standards to birds I couldn't help feeling that the female Redshank seemed to be rather disinterested in her companions efforts.

This is not everything just yet, as @GeorgeMWME alerted me on Twitter there will be one last final video from his time on Islay and Jura. I plan to blog about that one over the coming days, so you can look forward to that.

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Dihaoine, 28/Aug/2015

Friday Islay Picture #371 - Footsteps in Lossit Bay

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Bank holiday weekend ahead. Well, if you're in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. Scotland's turn was at the start of the month. But as I'm writing this from the south of England I can look forward to a long weekend. I'd rather be on a beach though, just like this:

Picture of footsteps in the sand on a beach

This is Lossit Bay on the west coast of Islay, one of Islay's hidden treasures. I had walked up along the coast from near the former wave power station in June this year. A very nice walk with great views over the quite dramatic coast along this part of the Rhinns of Islay.

When I arrived I had the beach almost to myself, only a young couple with their young daughter was there as well. We had a nice chat, then I had time to explore the beach. With the beach mostly untouched I could leave my own footsteps, to be washed away again with the next high tide.

That's all I've got for tonight, it's time to get to bed, get some bank holiday sleep (whatever that is). Good night and have a great (bank, if you're in England, Wales or Northern Ireland) weekend.

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Diardaoin, 27/Aug/2015

Action packed Islay windsurfing video

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Is it too late for a bit of action tonight? Well, even if it is, that's what I'm going to share tonight. A fairly fast and furios action cam windsurfing video filmed on Islay, I believe off the Big Strand in Laggan Bay:

YouTube: Islay windsurf 2015

If you can stand even more action tonight here's another video of him going surfing with his daughters. In a few years time they will outsurf their dad…

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Dimàirt, 25/Aug/2015

Two Islay and Jura Wildlife Videos

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Earlier this year (I think in May) George Riddell visited Islay and Jura on a wildlife trip with Simon King. From his adventures he has so far edited two very nice videos, adding his own self composed music to the first one from the RSPB Loch Gruinart reserve:

Islay Day One - RSPB Loch Gruinart from MyWorld MyEyes on Vimeo.

The second video takes us over to Jura, don't miss the Otter about a minute into the video (although if you do, don't worry, there's another one later on):

Islay Day 4 - A Trip To Jura from MyWorld MyEyes on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the videos, you can find more on his website linked above and also follow his @GeorgeMWME Twitter feed.

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Didòmhnaich, 23/Aug/2015

Islay Blogging Roundup #327

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Now then, let's see if I can still do this. It's over three months since the last Islay blogging roundup, so I might be a bit rusty on the blogging roundup front. But after not blogging here for two days and more importantly reanimating my personal weblog Ministry of Propaganda yesterday I thought I should finally give it a go again. Here we go:

Let's start with a very happy event: I've been following Kate's Islay visits for some time now (she's a regular visitor), recently she got married to her long time partner on Islay. Read about it in Our wedding at Finlaggan but also read a handmade wedding.

Lousie blogs her video A day on Islay. Alex Fenton shares A trip to Islay – finding the next Whisky bar with his friends. Demurely looks back at their first ever ferry crossing to Islay. On Awesome Austerity some good tips for Islay's neighbour Colonsay hotspots this summer. Anne shares A Sacred Place about her Islay visit and the Little Fairytale Princess has “Rain is whisky waiting to be made” – the Islay part.

The German sailing yacht Alba sailed Belfast – Islay (Whisky – Tour) and left via Mull Of Kintyre – The Epic Tour. Also from Germany Peter has his Reisebericht: Feis Ile 2015 – das Whisky Festival auf Islay. After emigrating to Bulgaria Bradato wrote about the Islay Whisky Festival and Islay Whisky Festival Part 2. An Italian visitor writes L’Isola del Whisky…(prima parte) and L'Isola del Whisky... (seconda parte). Camilla and her family from Sweden travelled around Scotland and England including Skottland del 2: Resa från Arran till Islay and Skottland del 3: Islay och whiskydestillerierna.

A bit of Islay whisky: Marc writes Whisky while you travel: Bruichladdich Distillery Tour and Warehouse Tasting, Port Charlotte Valinch 02 Gorag Review and Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2008 Review. If you want to learn about whisky and whisky making you might still be able to get a place in Rachel's Whisky Course Islay. On the Bruichladdich News blog we find news of the #LADDIEMP2 - 3rd September, A Cold Wet Summerand can view Jim Mcewan In Pictures.

Nina documents her (at least, may be more) second Islay visit in from Glasgow to Islay, gray, with a splash of color, last Islay day and from island to city. Russell writes about a cycling visit to Islay in To Islay and Route Maps to Islay and Portanhaven and pictures from the distilleries ride.

On the Our Learning Blog of Port Ellen Primary we can read about the Sports Championships and Sports Day, some Problem solving with the High School and the P7 Leavers Assembly. The IECBS has two news updates with Handover and First Month and Bowmore Primary Visit. From the Dower House we can read Spot the rabbit!, A Very Out Of Date Photo Update and Nick sails into retirement on Mull.

Ron writes about Home Sweet Home on Islay, has an Update on Gartbreck Distillery May 2015 and reports from the Islay Festival 2015 Bruichladdich Open day.

Of course there was lots of birdwatching and wildlife: Too much to pick out individual posts, so just head over to the Islay Birds blog. Also on the RSPB Islay blog we find Showing off at the Islay show!, Two Swifts on our Tuesday walk!, Family Fun Day at a sunny Loch Gruinart, Seconds out, Damsels and dragons and Summer time…. And the INHT shares Minor Shoulder-knot, It's an Ard life...., Choughed with yesterday's rAmble! and A Seashore Safari Week. Gordon Yates writes about Hen Harrier Magic.

I think I should close with the pictures as usual: James Collett shares Islay, Jura, Colonsay And Mull, Face In The Paps Of Jura and a Vivid Sunset At Lossit Bay, Islay. Mark Unsworth's images of the week included cask filling at Bruichladdich, Loch Skerrols, stills and pagodas at Ardbeg and reeds at Finlaggan. And of course there are plenty of pictures on my own Islay Pictures photoblog, just take a look.

I'll leave it at that for now, I think this should give you plenty to read. I haven't decided yet when I'll write the next roundup, if I feel like it then next Sunday, otherwise probably in 2-3 weeks.

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Diardaoin, 20/Aug/2015

Islay distilleries visit in August

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Just a quick video today, from a French speaking visitor to Islay (I'm not sure if he's French or may be a French speaking Canadian?). In any case he visited Islay and its distilleries this August and made a video of it:

YouTube: Islay - août 2015

I hope you enjoyed the video, may be with a wee dram of Islay single malt whisky?

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Dimàirt, 18/Aug/2015

Islay at the British Birdfair 2015

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If memory serves me right the first visit was in 2011, the first time Islay had a stand at the British Birdwatching Fair (Birdfair) to be precise. This year from 21-23/Aug/2015 the Islay stand will be in marquee 7, stand number 14, where they will be open to talk about the many birds on Islay like the famous Chough:

Picture of a Chough on a machair

While talking about the Islay birds you will also be able to sample some of the famous Islay whisky (and I think also some Botanist Gin from Bruichladdich distillery) as well as some shortbread. But that's not all: Same as in previous years there will be a prize draw to win a week's holiday on Islay, staying at Islay Cottages at Kilchoman with the ferry tickets provided by Calmac. Well worth taking part.

If you go to the birdfair say hi to the Islay crew and good luck with the prize draw!

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Disathairne, 15/Aug/2015

Islay's Lagavulin and Ardbeg distilleries from the air

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For various reasons I haven't got round to do much work on the various videos I filmed with my quadcopter during my Islay visit in June. However, with the use of quadcopters spreading others have also been flying on Islay. Today I came across two videos showing distilleries from the south coast of Islay from the air:

YouTube: Lagavulin Distillery - Islay, Scotland

And a few miles down the coast:

YouTube: Ardbeg Distillery - Islay, Scotland

I hope you enjoyed the two videos, unfortunately I don't know more about them. There's no further information on the videos (e.g. when they were filmed) and all I know about the creator is that the name might be Tiga Wong (and that judging from the other videos on the channel he/she might be from Hong Kong).

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Dihaoine, 14/Aug/2015

Friday Islay Picture #370 - Lagavulin distillery

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Summer still hasn't properly arrived in the UK, I think it's not going to happen any more this year. Anyway, it's time for another Friday Islay picture. Over the last couple of days I've posted Ardbeg distillery from the evening ferry and Laphroaig distillery from the evening ferry on the Islay Pictures photoblog. Obviously there's one missing in that series. Well, here it is:

Picture of Lagavulin distillery seen from the ferry

That's of course Lagavulin distillery (and Dunyvaig Castle on the right). As usual I'll post a larger version of the picture on the photoblog on Saturday morning. And with that, good night and have a great weekend!

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Diardaoin, 13/Aug/2015

Playing the Mandolin on Islay

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Thought I'll share some music with you tonight. I don't know the musician's name (hope I haven't overlooked it somewhere) who has just started to publish his videos on the Mandolin Magic. What I do know is that he only started playing the Mandolin in June this year (I believe he's been playing other instruments before though). Anyway, he took his Mandolin on a holiday to Islay, where among other tunes he recorded the following two:

YouTube: Whiskey Before Breakfast played on The Isle of Islay

YouTube: St Anne's Reel and Soldier's Joy

I hope you enjoyed the music and I think he would appreciate feedback and encouragement. You can comment on his YouTube channel or find him on his @MandolinMagic Twitter account.

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