It's Spring Time and the start of a new tourist season on Islay. There already quite some tourists on the island since Easter and that number will likely, and hopefully for those who depend on tourism, increase in the next weeks, with a peak at the Islay Whisky Festival when pretty much every bed on the island is booked. And with the start of the season there are also many activities and events. The list is quite long and yesterday the Islay Natural History Trust announced that they, same as last year, will organise the very popular "Welcome to Islay Evenings" in the Laddieshop at Bruichladdich Distillery. The six planned welcome evenings will be held from April to September.
The programme with music and entertainment will vary from week to week, but here is what you are likely to expect: piper James McEachern, the Ella Edgar Highland Dancers, Gaelic singing from Grahame Allison, traditional music from Eilidh and Ciara and short introductions to island history and wildlife from the Museum of Islay Life, the RSPB and the INHT.
This year's dates are April 15th, May 6th, June 3rd, July 1st, August 5th and September 2nd. The doors will open at 6.30 and the evenings will usually last for about an hour and a half. Entrance fee is Â£3.00 for Adults, Â£2.00 - Concession, Â£7.50 - Family. Entrance fee includes a very special dram. Soft drinks are provided for.
Come along and enjoy a great evening!