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WW100 Scotland Day of Commemoration on Islay

On Friday 4 May the Ilich will pay their respects to the fallen and the wounded in the First World War, alongside dignitaries who include the Princess Royal, the First Minister, US Ambassador to UK and the Acting Ambassador of Germany, at a series of events marking the centenary of two of the War’s greatest tragedies.

The day, the most significant in a year-long programme of events marking the island’s contribution to World War One, remembers over 200 islanders who lost their lives in WW1; around 700 US servicemen and British crew who perished when two troop ships (SS Tuscania in February 1918 and HMS Otranto in October 1918) sank off Islay’s coast; and the valiant efforts of the local community in rescuing survivors and respectfully burying the dead.

A service was held at the American Monument in February to mark the day the SS Tuscania went down and another will be held at Kilchoman to commemorate the sinking of HMS Otranto in October, but Friday has long been earmarked as the day that respects are paid to both. Continue reading....

Islay and Jura Distillery Tour Leaflet for 2018

The new Islay and Jura Distillery Tour Leaflet for 2018 has been published and is now available as download and for viewing online from all the Distillery Pages on Islay Info. The Distillery leaflet is typically the thing you need when you are doing distillery tours on Islay and Jura as it has all information about:

  • Opening Hours of all the distilleries on Islay and Jura
  • An Overview of the Distillery & Special Tours
  • Info on prices of Tours and Tastings
  • A section with general info on public transport and restaurants

With this in your pocket, or on your tablet of smartphone, you always know where to get a dram, how to come home if you had too many, where to get that espresso if you need it and where to go if you are hungry. Continue reading...

Plans For A New Islay Distillery Outside Port Ellen

There are plans for a new Distillery on Islay, one between Port Ellen and Laphroaig, very likely at a site called Farkin, around a mile outside the village. Behind this new distillery is Sukhinder Singh, co-founder of Elixir Distillers and spirits retailer The Whisky Exchange. The rumours about this new distillery started already in 2014 and yesterday the plans were officially revealed. There is no name yet for this distillery but there is a good chance it will be called Farkin Distillery, see another artcile I wrote about fourteen distilleries on Islay.

With Ardnahoe opening in May, this new distillery opening in 2020 and Port Ellen around that same time Islay will have 11 whisky distilleries in the near future! continue reading...

Diageo to Invest Millions in Whisky Tourism

Diageo, owners of Caol Ila and Lagavulin Distillery on Islay and the Port Ellen Maltings is a British multinational alcoholic beverages company, with its headquarters in London, England. Diageo's brands include Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Baileys, and Guinness. They are the world's biggest whisky producer with around 30 whisky distilleries in Scotland, and two of these are on Islay with a third one opening in a few years, Port Ellen Distillery.

A few weeks ago Diageo announced a £150 million investment over three years to transform its Scotch whisky visitor experiences in the biggest concerted programme ever seen in Scotland’s whisky tourism sector. The centre-piece of the investment will be a new state-of-the-art Johnnie Walker immersive visitor experience based in Edinburgh, bringing to life the story of the world’s most popular Scotch whisky and creating a unique welcome for millions of Scotch fans around the world. Continue reading...

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