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Thursday, 24/Jul/2008

Islay Hotel Attracts First Regular Visitor

Some of you will be expecting an update about the latest progress at the Islay Hotel in Port Ellen. I'm afraid I'll have to ask you for a little patience, but I plan to publish something interesting this weekend. Fingers crossed it all goes to plan. In the meantime I'm glad to inform you that the new hotel has already attracted its first regular visitor:

Picture of a rabbit on a construction site

I don't know its name, but this rabbit is a regular visitor to the hotel. I saw it myself both times during my two visits to the hotel, unfortunately I failed to take a good picture then. As far as I know it belongs to the Askernish B&B next door, but seems to escape fairly regularly (which wouldn't surprise me: I had a rabbit when I was a child, that was a bit of an escape artist). May be it is still used to the times when the site was derelict and free for it to roam? Which brings me to some interesting pictures I found earlier today: 11 pictures of the derelict Islay Hotel in August 2006.

The rabbit will probably have to share the hotel with visiting yachtsmen, who I would expect to frequent its restaurant once it is opened. It isn't ready for this years visit, but may be next years Classic Malts Cruise participants will try it out?

Picture of yachts with many colourful flags at a small marina

Here you can see them at Port Ellen Marina, which is only two minutes walk from the hotel. Some of the hotel guests will get a very nice view over the marina, more about that later.

No CD today, just listening to BBC 6 Music while hoping to entertain you with the wee rabbit.

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