Sunday the 24th Bruichladdich Distilleryâ€™s Open Day today, and while the legendary Bruichladdich Dayâ€™s sunny weather didnâ€™t arrive until late afternoon, the rain stayed away and a sociable, fun afternoon was had by the many who attended. Lively music and dance performances were given in the distillery square by Islay Pipe band, Maverick Angels, Contraband and Ella Edgarâ€™s dancers, and the crowd enjoyed the delightful singing of Norma Munro and entertaining songs from Robin Laing, in his only appearance at this yearâ€™s Feis Ile. Jim McEwan gave two sessions of his famous tastings Masterclasses, to tremendous interest and enjoyment of the many who attended; especially those who long to be â€˜warriorsâ€™!
Robin Laing and Ian MacIlwain launched and signed their new books; Robin Laing brought his latest book, â€œThe Whisky Legends of Islayâ€ and Ian MacIlwain his recently published â€œBottled Historyâ€. Sunday night was rounded off with the popular â€˜Clootie Dumpling Ceilidhâ€™, where great fun was had, dancing to Islayâ€™s well known Accordion & Fiddle Band and listening to superb local musical talent. The ceilidhâ€™s supper gave the chance to sample some fine home-made dumpling, made by Annie and Kate. This evening, Friends of Laphroaig Distillery opened their new Friends of Laphroaig Museum at a private function for members. During the day, Open Bowling was available at Port Ellenâ€™s green, and a guided walk was given, taking participants to the American Monument and the RSPBâ€™s reserve on the Oa.
Carl Reavey, editor of the Ileach uploaded a video from last Saturday, the opening of the festival at Lagavulin Distillery.
Text by Susan Campbell - Image Jim McEwan Islay Festival 2006