Wednesday the 27th was Bowmore Distilleryâ€™s Open Day. A 2009 Special Bottling of a rare 9 year old was offered, and is only available from Bowmoreâ€™s Visitor Centre. Distinctive Feis Ile distillery tours were available throughout the day, followed by Bowmoreâ€™s BÃ¹rach Beag, where a dram, oysters, other nibbles and some music in Bowmoreâ€™s private garden eased visitors towards evening. Jura Distilleryâ€™s Open Days are held on wednesday and Thursday this week, with masterclasses, tastings and lunch with music for visitors. Islay Ales breweryâ€™s Open Day offered brewery tours, pub games and barbeque at their premises in Islay House Square, Bridgend.
On Wednesday night, the best of Islayâ€™s musical talent was showcased in an Evening of Gaelic Song and Traditional Music. The programme features CÃ²isir GhÃ idhlig ÃŒle, Islayâ€™s senior Gaelic choir, and outstanding local traditional singers,both solo artistes and in duets and a quartet. Niall Oliver gave us some fiddle tunes and Ella Edgarâ€™s Highland Dancers performed to enthusiastic appreciation from the audience.
The first of two sessions of Talk & Tasting by Ian MacIlwain, author of the newly published 'Bottled History' was held in Ballygrant Hall. The book includes pictures and stories gathered by author MacIlwain from over 50 distilleries. Signed copies will be available throughout Feis Ile.
A Texas Scramble was held at Machrie Golf Course, and a Young Persons Putting Competition took place at Port Ellen Playing Fields. Below a video by the Ileach Newspaper: