We're back from our Summer Break and are very happy to be back on Islay. Gone are the hot summer days and endless sunshine as it's raining while I write this post but despite that, it feels so good to be back on our beautiful island. It was yesterday that I noticed a very nice video shot from a drone which shows some of the beautiful beaches on Islay and it even features our wee cottage. Featured are the Singing Sands in Port Ellen, Machir Bay, Claggain Bay and the beaches in and near Port Charlotte. Please find the video below, it's very much watching over and over again! Enjoy!
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It's that time of year again! With the School Holidays coming up we will be heading over to the continent to visit Family and Friends. This means that updates and photos on our Islay Blog, Facebook and Twitter will not be as frequent as you are used to.
As you might or might not know, besides running Braveheart Web Design we are more and more into photography as well and I'm happy to say that It has been a good year for selling photo's through www.islay.photos. Folk from all over the world have ordered either prints, canvases or downloaded digital files to have them printed and framed locally which saves shipping costs and provides more choices.
A few days ago I've finished an important update to our Islay Photo Gallery on the Island Light Photography website. Some of the best Islay photos I have taken in recent years are available for purchase online, you can find them in the Islay Photo Gallery. It's a nice mix and hopefully you'll either get inspired to visit Islay, which I can very much recommend, or perhaps you'd like to purchase a print or file or make a custom order. Anything is possible, well almost!
Anyway, here's to a great Summer, we'll be back early August and we are looking forward to hearing from you.
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This years Islay's Festival looked like the busiest one ever, at least it did to me. There are hardly any "official numbers" but I've been told that there were 2,500 people attending Bruichladdich Open Day, that's almost the entire Islay population. And in between all the whisky tastings, distilleries open days and other whisky related events there was one whih stood out from the rest, not by the number of attendees but by the product that was launched. It was Nerabus Islay Dry Gin, distilled and bottled in Nerabus by John and Audrey Gow. And because today, the 9th of June, is World Gin Day, this is a good opportunity to give you some more information about this second Islay gin distillery.
Nerabus Islay Dry Gin was officially launched on Monday the 28th of May in Bruichladdich Hall. The initial batch of 500 bottles is almost sold out and Audrey Gow, one of the owners, told me that "the launch was fantastic and that they have received brilliant feedback on all aspects." That sounds like they are off to a flying start. Their classic Hebridean Gin is produced with traditional juniper berries, herbs and spices together with an infusion of wild Islay heather to create a unique Dry Gin of character. As I'm not a gin drinker I can't provide any tasting notes I'm afraid but based on the first responses it looks like John and Audrey are going to be busy this year. I wish them lots of success and if you need more information or want to buy a bottle please visit their new website on www.islayginltd.com
Photo by Island Light Photography
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On Friday the 4th of May, at the WW100 commemorations in Port Ellen, Ella Edgars Dancers performed a special Dance based on the events which took place 100 years ago when hundreds of soldiers died when the Otranto and Tuscania sunk in Islay's waters. This dance was performed for a small group dignitaries in Ramsay Hall on May the 4th. Today, at the Islay Festival Bruichladdich Day, it was performed again. See the video below. Enjoy.
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