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Possible Ferry from Kintyre to Jura

A vote will be held next week on Jura for a possible new ferry service between the mainland, Crinan Kintyre, to Craighouse on Jura. The supposed ferry should be a passenger service only. Earlier plans for a car ferry were rejected, the people on Jura didn't want their peaceful island to be changed in to a highway for people to travel to Islay. This new service should become a high speed service with travel times from one hour. The ferry is likely to become a rigid inflatable boat and will be in service from April to September onwards, if the plans will be approved by the Argyll and Bute council. The ferry will certainly make Jura more accessible for tourists and will be mainly a big progression for the islanders, they now have to travel to Islay first and take a plane or ferry for the mainland. Jura's population has already dropped by 30% in the last 40 years, so maybe this new service will halt the decline and will bring some more prosperity to the people on Jura.

The whole story is also available here

Staying Cool on Islay

With the recent high temperatures on Islay the sheep were lucky to take a "coat off" and stay cool. The pictures were made by Arra Fletcher on Sunday the 23rd of July. Mike the Kiwi clipper, in the white t-shirt, comes over to Islay for almost 20 years assisted by Nigel and his wife Suzy. I'd better let the pictures speak for themselves...

Islay Jazz festival 2006

The Islay Jazz Festival is a unique and annual recurring event held in different venues all over the island. This years festival will be held from Friday 15th to Sunday the 17th of September. I just received an email from Fiona and here are already some artists to wet your appetite:

  • Colin Steele Stramash - at Bunnahabhain Distillery
  • Martin Taylor and Jack Emblow at Bruichladdich Hall
  • Brian Kellock and David Berkman duo at the Columba Centre
  • Jaleel Shaw guesting with Mario Caribe Quartet at Portnahaven Hall
  • Scott Hamilton at the Machrie Hotel
  • And another 15 events!

    The official programme will be announced this thursday, August 3rd, and will be available on the official Islay Jazz Festival Website

  • Bowmore Round Church – Killarow Parish Church

    The Bowmore Round Church is situated at the end of Bowmore’s Mainstreet directly opposite the harbour. The church is also a wonderful landmark and offers wonderful views over Bowmore and Loch Indaal from it’s doorstep. Building started in 1767 and was initiated by Daniel Campbell the Younger. Construction took only three years, finished in 1769 and is the oldest church building on Islay where public worship takes place on a weekly basis.

    The round shape of the church was created to prevent the devil from hiding in a corner. If that was the real reason or not, Bowmore Round church is a unique building on Islay, and probably Scotland, is open daily and definitely worth a visit.

    A year after the building of the church commenced, the construction of the village of Bowmore started being a “planned village” with wide streets on a “grid-iron” pattern. In 1779, ten years later, Bowmore Distillery started their operation at the current location.

    The church has its own attractive website and can be visited here.

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