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Didòmhnaich, 05/Aug/2012

Islay Blogging Roundup #217

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It's been quite a while since the last Islay blogging roundup, so with the hour I have left this evening I thought I'll give it a go again. Blogging has always to a large extent been about linking among other sites to other blogs to me, so I'm hoping to be able to write an Islay blogging roundup more regularly again. On that note let me start with a new blog I came across today:

The new blog in question is called Islay History, so far there are two entries: In sickness fare to Islay and Tuscania Burials. Welcome to the Islay bloggers, Neil Gordon-Orr, I'm looking forward to reading more from you!

Some Islay whisky blogging: Rachel writes Whisky for Girls Presents ~ Girls for Whisky and says Bruichladdich Is Breaking Hearts. A topic also covered in the Bruichladdich blog in The Best Laid Plans. More in the news section, where we find Bruichladdich and Rémy Cointreau Reach Agreement. But we also find Silage - A Big Day at Octomore Farm. Back to the sale, Rob writes Bruichladdich: All Good Things… In probably one of the longest titles ever Josh writes Islay distilleries explained thru Rock and Roll comparisons – Part 8 – Laphroaig and my review of a Chieftain’s Single Cask of Laphroaig. Not much shorter is Islay distilleries explained thru Rock and Roll comparisons – Part 7 – Lagavulin and my review of their 30yo expression. Cask Tales tastes the Bruichladdich Rum Cask. Gordon is rapidly approaching the 60, no, not years, but Islay whisky classics: Islay Whisky Classics No.58 – Ardbeg Renaissance.

Of course there have been visits to Islay: Gordon Hamilton writes about Shore Fishing on the Isle of Islay: July 2012 (Part One) and Shore Fishing on the Isle of Islay: July 2012 (Part Two). Stuart went bouldering, read about it in Scotland, all the way through - Machir Bay, Islay, 24.07.2012. The yacht Albatross visited Troon to Campbeltown to Islay and Port Ellen to Loch Tarbert (Jura) to Tinker’s Hole to Iona to Bunessan to Coll. Some distillery visits in scotland day 2 part 1 and scotland day 2 part 2. Back to sailing, this time with Whisper: Day 2: Glenarm to Port Ellen (Islay), Day 3: Shower. Ardbeg. Bump., Day 4: A swim & a bottling and Day 5: Last day in Port Ellen are the key entries.

David had A Cracking Start for Fly Fish Islay and recently caught the First Islay Sea Trout.

Ron writes about the Islay ferry again, Islay to lose MV Finlaggan for up to five months (or more?) and Is it Time for an Islay Owned Ferry? are the latest entries about it. Other recent entries include Ballygrant Inn Islay is 3rd best Whisky Bar in Scotland and Islay Sportive Weekend Coming Up.

The schools are on holiday now, so there's not much happening on their blogs, only Ian has a rare post with Linking Educators with Developers. Justin Tyers says It’s stress… but not as you know it while Posie claims It's a dog's life. The Islay Energy Trust writes about the Songs of the Scottish Sea.

A few updates from Islay's neighbour Colonsay, Island at the Edge writes Where have I been... and Intarsia to Square Hats... It's all been going on... The colonsaycroftess in the meantime says Auntie Jen is coming! and Winter is coming…………

Obviously there has been birdwatching and wildlife since the last roundup, I'll try to pick a few entries from the Islay Birds blog: We have 300 Starlings, the July weather, a report from the bird walk to Laggan Point, a picture of Shags at Laggan Point, a Whooper Swan and pictures of Herring Gulls being ringed. On the INHT blog we find various walks and rambles including Glen Astle to Kintra, Ramble at Killinallan, 3rd August 2012, Big Butterfly Count and 'Flower Power' at Killinallan and Ramble at Sanaigmore, 30th July 2012. Gordon Yates reports from An Islay Break.

The pictures: Mark has Leodamus Bay, Islay, the Ardbeg Filling Store and some Cask Hoops on his gallery, while on his blog we find some Mouton Rothschild casks and his favourite Nikon D800 test picture. Donald Feist has a beautiful Kilchoman sunset and a nice view of Bowmore harbour. Not to forget another beautiful Kilchoman sunset, I think even better than the first one. Jennifer has an Update in Pictures, which includes many from Islay. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I've decided to go with Loch Gorm in The Gloaming, Ruin in the Woods at Ardilistry Bay, Gull in Flight and one of the Islay Beach Rugby 2012 Action Shots.

I'll leave it at that now, time to get to bed. Good night, but not before pointing you to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, recently with Standing in the way of control, Olympic efforts and Rambings, naked and otherwise.

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