I have been neglecting mentioning new Islay websites somewhat which doesn't mean that there aren't any. In fact, I now have eight new sites I'd like to mention and there are a couple more coming online soon. All the more reason for a proper round-up. From the accommodation front I have four new sites, there are two new business sites, one wildlife site and there is Islay's new TV station, well sort of. Find out more in my scribbles below!
First of all there is the new site of Glenegedale, www.islay-accommodation.co.uk. Rachel and Alasdair Whyte built two fabulous new and luxurious holiday homes next to Glenegedale House and the results can be seen on their new website. I have visited one of these self-catering houses myself and they are indeed perfect for a holiday on Islay. Both houses are very similar, offer anything you need and more and include magnificent views over Laggan Bay and beyond. Continue reading.....
We now head for Bruichladdich where we pass the distillery and close to an Taigh-Osda is Caberfeidh cottage. A self-catering accommodation with a new website. Caberfeidh Cottage is attached to Caberfeidh House and is recently upgraded to modern standards. A nice and quiet base to start your Islay discoveries from, specially when you consider that you have a supermarket, distillery, great views and fantastic restaurant within walking distance. Visit www.islayretreat.co.uk for more information and images.
We're off to Shore street in Port Charlotte where we find a terraced house on one of the most beautiful locations on Islay. The terraced holiday home is called Cala Seimh and offers magnificent views over Loch Indaal towards the Oa and further north to Jura. Although the distillery has yet to be built Port Charlotte offers a lot to its visitors which makes it a very popular holiday village on Islay. Visit www.calaseimh-islay-holidayhome.co.uk for more information, beautiful images and rates.
The above three sites are all built by Braveheart Web Design which is the name of my web design and web hosting business. The next site is built by someone else and brings us to a different part of the island, Lagavulin to be precise. According to the owners of Bayview Cottage this is the perfect holiday cottage on Islay. "Bayview is a charming self-catering holiday cottage overlooking Lagavulin Bay, Texa and Dunyveg castle. The 3 bedroom cottage is only 3 miles from Port Ellen and within walking distance of Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg distilleries." Besides information about the accommodation you can also find event details, general information and beautiful images on this attractive website. Visit www.goislay.com for information, nice images and a tour of the cottage.
Regular visitors of Islay House Square probably noticed that Susan Eastwood has started the Islay Chocolate Company. The place to be if you like the combination of whisky and chocolate and who doesn't? I have tasted the very first chocolates Susan made and they are delicious to say the least. It was only a matter of time before Susan would get her new site online and you can now order her delicious treats from anywhere in the world at www.islaychocolateco.com.
Time for some good old Islay promotion. Finding (new) quality videos of Islay and Jura on Youtube isn't always easy. I know that from my own experience and from what I've heard from several people. The people who have uploaded the videos haven't always used proper descriptions or tags which makes them sometimes almost impossible to find. To make your life a bit easier and the fact that I had the opportunity to get myself the much wanted www.islay.tv domain, made me decide to start a Youtube lookalike dedicated to Islay and Jura. This means that I'm building a huge collection of videos from Islay and Jura only, which makes it easier for people with an interest in Islay and Jura to quickly find related videos. Besides Youtube videos I can upload other videos as well which makes the current setup quite flexible. For now I would like to invite you to www.islay.tv and have a look for yourself. A lot of new content will be added in the next weeks so do come back!
From Portnahaven we go back and stop at Portbahn, Bruichladdich. Here we find Rhinns Electrical, providers of reliable power for Islay and Jura customers. Rhinns Electrical was established in June 2003 and is owned and run by Ross MacMillan. Ross previously worked for a large Electrical firm in the South Side of Glasgow for 15 years before moving to Islay and starting the business. For more information on Rhinns Electrical Islay and their services visit their website at www.rhinnselectricalislay.co.uk, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or give them a call on phone number 01496 850037.
Last but not least there is a new wildlife website from the hand of John Armitage, who lives in Portnahaven. We already knew John from his Islay Birder website where he regularly posts about our feathered friends that live on the island. John's new site is meant to report and comment on Islay's wildlife in general and complements the Islay Birder Blog. Although not as regularly updated as the Birder Blog, the new wildlife blog offers interesting articles and is a great addition for wildlife enthusiasts. Visit http://islaywildlife.blogspot.com to read John's latest wildlife articles.
All these new sites will be added to the Islay Directory soon.