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Didòmhnaich, 29/May/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #169

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Even though it doesn't necessarily feel like it with the weather we've had the last few weeks, we have reached the end of May already. After a spending a grey and cloudy Bank Holiday Sunday working on an update to my printable Islay guide it's time to write the last Islay blogging roundup for May 2011:

Earlier this week I already wrote a mini roundup in the Islay Festival 2011 Updates, since then a few more posts have been written. Rachel MacNeill from Islay has created a new blog with Whisky For Girls and one of her first post is a cracker: Ardbeg Open Day 2011. The Danish Whisky Blog has Some thoughts and reflections after 3 weeks of whisky including a visit to Islay while BexThorts Made it back alive!

The guys at continued their series of entries and videos with Road To Islay Day Six: Dial "W" for Whisky and Road To Islay Day Seven: Harrison, it's not about the money or the midgets. Similar the The Whisky Tasting Club's Islay Blog 2011: Day 5. Weds 25th. Bowmore and Day 6. Thurs 26th. Kilchoman are their latest updates. Not to forget the Master of Malt Whisky Blog which continued with Feis Ile - The Islay Whisky Festival 2011 – Part Four and Feis Ile - The Islay Whisky Festival 2011 – Part Five.

Over on Jura Willie T wrote Feis Ile time! Live webchats! Competitions! Exclusive bottlings! while Richard ‘The Nose’ Paterson said Times of Good Fortune! Back on Jura!

Outside of the festival a few other Islay whisky related posts caught my eye as well: Isabella’s Islay…redux on The Whisky Exchange BLOG shows how not do it. Whisky Science writes about Peat Terroir, apart from that Islay peat probably has more sea salt spray components in it I have no idea if what he writes makes any sense.

Let's move on to a few other Islay visit reports: Gordon writes about Easter 2011 on Our visits to the Hebridean Isle of Islay. Isle of Arran, Islay och Jura is an entry on a Swedish blog about a visit to the three islands. A familiar face returns to with Douglas of Sea kayaking with and The start of another Islay adventure. He continues with The dykes of the north coast of Islay, A lonely sheiling on the north coast of Islay, Sea lions and elephants on Islay's north's like Jura on steroids!, Archeology and the passage of time on the north shore of Islay and Smoking in church on Nave Island.

Next three new blogs (well, two and contributions to another from Islay really): Calling? What calling is Scott's new blog about becoming a minister on Islay. In What on earth to write? he kicks off the blog, in Windy he writes about life on Islay during a storm. Vanessa in the meantime has started to contribute to the 360° Energy Diet blog, her first entry being The Beauty and Challenges of Island Life. Vanessa also launches ExploreIslayandJura this week, with So it begins as the first entry. This looks like a great project to follow!

Big news this week was the arrival of the new Islay ferry, which Ron covers in New Islay Ferry MV Finlaggan Arrived at Port Askaig and The Sea Route To Islay. Some more pictures also in Sailing ho: New vessel and the old enemy.

In other news the Islay Energy Trust published the IET Newsletter – June 2011. The Long Trip Home on the Ray City History Blog goes back in history to the sinking of the Otranto and the aftermath.

What about the birdwatching? Natural Connections visited Islay and wrote Islay Day 1, Islay Day 2 and Islay Day 3. Also a few pictures posted today. The Islay Birds blog continued reporting bird sightings despite the storm on Monday and had Corncrake updates on Wednesday. Also a nice picture of Pheasants with their youngsters today. The Islay Natural History Trust blog kicks off the week a Wave - Port Charlotte earlier today. Later there are a fabulous Stoat Photograph, sad pictures of Storm damage and the INHT "Nature Rambles" programme is announced.

And finally a few pictures: On his Islaystudios's Blog Mark Unsworth brings us a few pictures from the Islay Whisky Festival – Feis Ile 2011. Then there's an interesting view of Beinn an Oir on his Islay Photography Gallery. Ron has Waves at Saligo Bay. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for Lagavulin Distillery Seen from a Boat, Craighouse and the Paps of Jura from the Islay Ferry and Carraig Fhada Lighthouse and Port Ellen, Isle of Islay.

That's it for today I think, hope I haven't missed too much. Before I close the link to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Blowin’ in the wind. Good night!

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