Changes, Spring on Islay and a Warning

It's the end of February, the days are getting longer, and every now and then there's already a touch of spring in the air. Isn't it lovely after the wet winter! It's a relatively quiet time of the year on Islay with the tourism season to start officially early April. The last few days brought us glorious weather so I took some time for a walk in the woods at Bridgend to admire the Snowdrops. I've done this several times over the last years and it looks as if there were more of these pretty flowers this year than in other years. Of course I took my camera and you can see the results in this post. Speaking of weather. Although we had some lovely sunny days this week it looks like winter has yet to start properly. According to Netweather the "Beast from the East" will bring chilly winds, frost and perhaps snow too, even on Islay!

Website Updates

As far as changes are concerned there are a few things of interest. Recently we've upgraded some of our sites and changed the web address as well. The Islay Blog you are reading right now has changed address and can now be found on which is easier to remember and now secure (SSL) too. Also our Accommodation Directory has a fresh new look and a new secure address: Soon the Islay Info website will be secured as well which means that your information, if entered anywhere on our websites, will be encrypted and secure. Continue reading...

Warning! A83 is in a Shocking State

For those of you travelling to Kennacraig in the next weeks I'll have some important information. At this moment the A83, from Tarbet to Kennacraig, is in a shocking state. The road has lots of potholes and in some places the entire surface has vanished. It's difficult to drive during daytime and at night it is almost impossible to avoid the deep potholes. Many before you in the last weeks suffered from damage to tyres, wheels and suspension. I have driven the road myself last week and I can assure you that it is in a really bad state. On top of all that there are emergency repairs taking place which will cause delays. All I can say is take some extra time for your journey, try to drive during daylight and take extra care to avoid the huge potholes. Have a safe journey!

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