It's been a while that the Discover Islay Group offically started and launched their website. So far they haven't made the headlines in the media often but that doesn't mean things are quiet. Recently a special tartan was launched and showed by Nicola Stein (picture) at the Islay Show in August. The new tartan was produced by the woollen mill: "the colours of which were chosen to represent the natural colours of the Islay landscape; a deep purple for the thick heather covered hills, a rich green for the verdant fields, a soothing sea blue and the piercing yellow of the whin." Besides the new tartan the Discover Islay group will also organise a winter whisky and food festival which will take place from the 7th - 9th November 2008. According to Mark Unsworth, one of the board members, the festival will continue as planned although there is not much information available at the moment. I will post more information about this festival if and when it comes available.
Another activity of the group was to bring over journalists from Scotland and other parts of the world to Islay who, in turn, would write an article about the island. Today I found such an article at Allmedia Scotland. The article describes Islay as an island to uncover one's inner wild spirit, a slogan to attract people to come to Islay, and is linked to a website called Wild Spirit Experiences. Here you can book wildlife, whisky and/or gourmet oriented packages from only Â£550 per person, which include ferry travel from Kennacraig or a flight from Glasgow. Besides promoting a luxury weekend break, the article also mentions the top ten "Wild Things to do" on Islay. Here we go: head for the beach, tour the Islandâ€™s whisky distilleries, experience the taste of Islayâ€™s gourmet food, give the geese a wild welcome, play around with golf, go fish, visit the Mull of Oa and the American Monument, walk on the wild side, explore the Museum of Islay Life and have a wild shopping spree. More information is available at www.discoverislay.com