I'm afraid I had to skip Caol Ila yesterday due to other commitments but today I managed to visit the Laphroaig Open Day. And what a day it was. Early mist cleared, the sun broke through and we were treated with a fabulous day and hardly any wind. Days like that let you forget the dark and wet winter months easily. Unfortunately as time was limited due to work I could only visit for an hour.
While some arrived by car or taxi most folk used the fabulous "Three Distilleries Path". I can't praise the people enough who have designed, built and funded the path. It's so well done and a great asset for Islay! It has a wonderful surface for walking and cycling, there are good signs, bins for litter, well built bridges and nice benches to sit on and relax. What more can you wish for? I would love to see such a fantastic path between Port Charlotte and Bruichladdich. Continue reading....
When I arrived Angela Paterson was singing, what a great voice and nice welcome. There was a pleasant atmosphere in the yard while the kilns were smoking and spreading a nice peaty whiff over the ever growing number of Laphroaig fans. Drams were served for a good cause and there was a great selection of craft stalls. There are a lot of talent people on Islay! Unfortunately I didn't have a lot of time to spend so I hope the pictures will give a good impression of yet another great Islay Festival day. Tomorrow it's Bowmore and Jura Distillery and Islay Ales with many musicians and a Ceilidh in the evening! To be continued.
Jimmy selling Jane Taylor's art
Nick arrived by Kayak
Serving drams for charity
Angela Paterson and friend
Pleasant and relaxed atmosphere in the yard