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Islay Blogging Roundup #168

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Among the big topics in the news today were a certain footballer who should not be named, the non-happening of the world coming to an end and most importantly the new Islay ferry MV Finlaggan arriving in Scottish waters. A few photos from her journey are online: To start with some pictures at, on flickr albatrail has a bunch tagged finlaggandelivery and on Twitter @columbastrail has a bunch including Mv Finlaggan in all her finery at Oban and Horn blowing! After the news back to what the blogs have been writing about Islay over the last week or so:

The big event kicking off just now is of the Islay Festival, I expect several entries about it over the coming week. The first ones have already started to appear from the guys at, so far The Road To Islay. Day One: This Jacket is great. I look like Bill Oddie in this jacket., Road To Islay Day 2: Why isn’t this a rum blog? – we’d be in The Caribbean now… and Road To Islay Day 3: Spent Wees have appeared so far. In preparation for the festival the Bruichladdich Blog wrote Revolution Festival Bottling and Big Statement, I guess a post about their open day will follow.

Kind of related are various other Islay visit and whisky related entries:

flyhoof... adventures in yarn and fibre had Whisky-tastic times on Islay..., visited Beaches and birds on Islay... and discovered Obscure leather items in the Museum of Islay Life.... A lot of entries were posted by Taka Hamada in his Europe 2011 blog:

Looks like he had a great time! Charlotte Hannett (who is from Islay but now lives in Edinburgh) is back from her holidays

Ron's holiday is now over, I assume we will read a summary on his Islay Weblog over the next few days. On his holiday blog he wrote about An Islay Sunset without the Sun and Improving Weather conditions on Islay

Bruichladdich Octomore 01.1 is of course a tasting, Food Detective: For the love of peat despite the mention of food is about Islay whisky, as is Drinking with Angels: Let's break from barrels and jump a ferry to Islay. On the other hand Black Gold, Shimmering Sky on Foodepedia is about both whisky and food.

In other news a sports event is casting its shadow, Get ready for Triathlon 2011! and Entry forms are available writes the Islay Triathlon blog. Islay gets a nice mention in Interview: Bear Bones « The Leftover Sessions

Usually Gordon Yates writes about birds, he still does but this time under the title Wind, Wind, And More Wind. The Islay Birds blog has a few more nice pictures, a Wheatear and lots of Ducklings. The weather is also a topic, no birdwatching in the rain yesterday… The Islay Natural History Trust blog has news that The Natural History Centre opens on Monday, 23rd May and that Owl TV is back - Cheers Michael!!

For the pictures let me start with Bruichladdich from Roddy Mackay Photography and continue with Islay Sunrise on Day by Day Photos. I know he had a great day at the Bruichladdich open day and I hope we'll read more about it, for now it seems James Deane's Preparations for Feis Ile have paid off. Mark Unsworth's Image of the week is of seaweed and rocks, on his photography gallery we find Scalasaig Pier from neighbouring Colonsay. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for the Walkers and the Paps of Jura, the April Evening at Ardnave Farm and McArthur's Head Lighthouse in April 2011, Isle of Islay.

I think that's all for today, I hope I haven't missed anything major. Before I finish some more good news, the Scottish Roundup is back, this week with We’re back – the first Roundup in the New Scotland. But now, Good Night from me!

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