Islay Festival 2015 Programmes now Online

The island is already quite busy and the change from the calm winter season to the busy tourist season took place early April. Suddenly the weather changed for the better and the roads were noticeably busier. Accommodations were filling up, ferries became full and the empty beaches of the winter now have people on. I have counted more than 10 people at Kilchoman Beach at Easter, go figure! Yes, it was quite a crowd!

Islay is already preparing for the upcoming events and the most attention goes out to the annual Islay Whisky Festival which will be held from 23rd to the 30th of May, that's only a little over six weeks from now!! Already quite a few distillery events have been sold out, some even within a few hours after publication on the web, it has been crazy, and it looks like it will be another very busy festival week. I'm receiving emails daily with enquiries for accommodation on a daily basis. If you are still looking for accommodation please try our Accommodation Directory or find a Late Availability. Also make sure to have a booking on the ferry as they will be extremely busy. Friday the 22nd and Saturday 23rd are already fully booked for cars. Continue reading....

For the first time this year the festival committee are offering an Online Lucky Draw. The prize will be a pass for 1 person to all Feis Ile Evening Events, which are listed below:

  • 23 May Skipinish accompanied by Rowan Brothers Ramsay Hall 9pm - 12pm
  • 25 May Whisky Nosing & Ceilidh - Ramsay Halll 8pm-9pm 9.30pm -12pm
  • 26 May Folk Night - Lagavulin Malt Mill 8pm-11pm
  • 27 May Traditional Concert ICCI 7.00pm – 10.00
  • 28 May Cloutie Dumpling Ceilidh - Ballygrant Hall 8pm - 11pm
  • 29 May Lee Mathews - Ramsay Hall 9pm -12pm
  • 30 May Final Fling with the Whistlin' Donkeys Ramsay Hall 9pm - 12pm

There is one thing rather different from other years and that's a special event which will be held on Friday 22nd of May, the Islay House Open Day. The full [pdf] programme is available here. The distillery programs have also been published and like I said, some events are already booked. So if you are interested to attend one of the special events don't wait too long. Of course there are the open days which don't need advance booking. Below are the links to each of the distilleries programmes:

Throughout the week there will be events at ICCI (Ionad Chaluim Chille Ile) Bowmore such as:

  • Gaelic choruses with Katherine MacLeod. Monday 25th May – Friday 29th May 2015 - 10 a.m. – 12noon
  • “Come and Try” tin whistle - for all ages and abilities. Tuesday 26th May - 2pm - 4 pm
  • Gaelic song and mixed instrument class – bring your own musical instrument and play along to some beautiful Gaelic songs. Wednesday 27th May - 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

For a more detailed programme and options to book the Feis Ile evening events online please visit the Islay Festival Website