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Get Islay Presents for Christmas

The dark days before Christmas are here so now is a good time to start thinking about Christmas presents! Before you rush off to Amazon and the likes you might want to consider doing some of your Online Christmas shopping on Islay and support the local businesses as there is plenty of choice, as you can see on our online shops on Islay page.

But there is more. The Islay Celtic Craft shop in Portnahaven also sell their items online through Ebay and you can find a wide selection of Islay and Celtic related items. For an overview visit their Ebay page. Jane Taylor's beautiful whisky prints can also be purchased online and if children's books are your thing you must visit the website of Ailsa Press, they have some lovely children's books.

Since early 2017 we also sell our own photos online through our new business Island Light Photography. All the photos on Islay Info, on our popular Facebook page and many many more can be purchased as canvases or prints and can be mounted or framed. If folk on Islay order framed prints we have it professionally done by Islay Studios. You can also download the file and have it printed with your local print shop. For more info see www.islay.photos. We also sell our mounted prints at the Blue Letter Box in Port Ellen.

You can find a wide range of whisky soaps, special gift packs, creams, scenting candles, balms and other bathing and personal care products on the www.spiritedsoaps.com website and for those of you with a sweet tooth I can recommend the Islay tablet shop. The attractive online Islay Shop is another great place where you can find a nice collection of gifts such as Jewellery, calendars, t-shirts and whisky gifts. Continue reading...

Islay Ferry Disruptions and What to Do

West coast ferry operator CalMac has issued a weather warning in the face of Storm Caroline hitting its area of operations tomorrow (December 7). It is likely that severe disruption will affect a significant number of routes and several sailings have already been cancelled as winds of up to 80mph have been forecast. Tomorrow mornings Islay sailings have already been cancelled and it's likely that the remaining sailings will be cancelled as well. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning "be aware" warning for Scotland between 08:00 and 23:55 on Thursday.

CalMac’s Commercial Director Graeme Macfarlan said: "With Storm Caroline expected to see winds gusting to 70 mph across the north of Scotland tomorrow disruption to ferry services is a high possibility. We would urge passengers who need to travel, to allow extra time for their journey and to keep track of the status of their sailing on the website before setting out on their journey.

With the beginning of the stormy season we'd like to point out our comprehensive article in which we cover everything you need to know about ferry cancellations, how to stay up to date on disruptions and what your rights as passenger are. For more info visit our article How to Check if your Ferry to Islay is Sailing

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Time for a Career Change?

For anyone who has plans for a career change, and a move to Islay if you don't live here yet, the following might be of interest. After 29 years of owning the village shop, Post Office and petrol pumps in Port Charlotte, Clive and Sharon Monks have decided to move from Islay and live closer to their family. This means that the Village Store with Post Office in Port Charlotte is now for sale.

Cornerstone Business Agents who are selling it on behalf of the owners commented: “This is a genuine opportunity to own and run a prosperous business with the benefit of a three bedroomed owner’s accommodation above.” So for anyone who is looking for something new, a possible move to Islay, and with £330,000 to spare, this could be the chance of a lifetime. More information is available through this link

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WW100 Islay Update

The weekend of 11 and 12 November saw the first tranche of trees being planted for the WW100 Commemorative Woodland. Almost 1,400 trees were planted this weekend by around 100 volunteers. The planting took place opposite the War Memorial near Bruichladdich, at the Coultorsay Road End. The wood will be a fitting tribute to all the men and women who left our communities from 1914 and also the American servicemen and crew from the SS Tuscania and HMS Otranto who were buried on Islay almost 100 years ago. This project is supported by the Woodlands Trust Scotland, Bruichladdich Distillery, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Islay Energy Community Benefit Fund.

WW100 Trail

Over 30 locations have been selected for inclusion in the WW100 Trail across Islay and Jura. On the trail will be locations and buildings which played a role or are connected with WW1 across the two islands. These will be marked by bronze plaques the design of which is progressing with the key aims of simplicity, durability and elegance emphasising our intention of ‘Remembrance and Reconciliation’. The Trail will also be supported by a guide book and website which will include work by each of the schools.

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