Job Opportunities on Islay

We have not turned into some sort of job website overnight but the fact is that Islay has quite a few vacancies at the moment and unemployment figures seem to be very low, although I can't provide any official figures on that. Staff is in demand in all sorts of businesses and as tourism is growing, resulting in the hotel and catering business in Islay growing as well, more staff is needed to provide a good service. Job adverts on Islay are mostly published in the Ileach Newspaper so if you are looking for work that's probably the first place I would look. Finding a job is one thing, finding accommodation if you're not already living on Islay is another thing and mostly almost impossible to get. Therefore it's great that some employers offer not only work but accommodation too such as Bridgend Hotel & Restaurant, they currently have three vacant positions, see the job advert below:

Bridgend Hotel is now open all Year round and are looking to recruit the following Team Members with immediate start!
Full time Kitchen Porter and 2 x Chef De Partie’s .
Accommodation is available. Competitive Rates of Pay being offered.
Apply please forward a Copy of your C.V to Lorna McKechnie - Hotel Manager
Tel: 01496 810212. Email:

And as I wrote above, for more job opportunities on Islay make sure to visit the Ileach Newspaper where you can get a paper or digital subscription worldwide.

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Drone Video Beaches on Islay

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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Off for our Summer Break

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 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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Nerabus Gin - A New Gin from Islay

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

Photo by Island Light Photography

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