Grand Fondo Ardbeg 6th of August

miles and miles and miles and miles...
if colnago can have details on a website for their grand fondo in september, then it's probably time we had something on the post for the gran fondo ardbeg. this year it will be held on sunday 6th august (we've tried to adhere to the first sunday in august as far as possible over the years), leaving from bruichladdich village at 10am in the morning and cycling about 150k round islay, with the old kiln cafe at ardbeg distillery (velo club headquarters) being the half-way point.

Islay travelogue

An interesting Islay travel report from the Scotsman: As the ferry steers its way through the Sound of Islay towards Port Askaig, you are sailing into a whole new world. On the right is Jura, home to 188 people and 5,000 red deer, the place George Orwell came to write 1984; to the left is Islay, which after the neat townships of Arran looks much more the way you imagine the Hebrides should look.

The Laphroaig & Lagavulin Water Dispute

The name Laphroaig is Gaelic and means “The beautiful hollow by the broad bay”. Laphroaig is one of the oldest distilleries on Islay and this story shows that, despite whisky distilling is often romanticized, it was also a dangerous occupation…

The Islay Dentist

It was 2005 and our second trip to Islay and Scotland after our honeymoon in 2004. It all started on the luxury cruise ferry from Rotterdam to Hull. After a stroll on the deck we went inside to the ship’s bar and ordered ourselves a few drinks. A beer for me and Manuela had Baily’s with Ice. We enjoyed our first day of holiday and watched the sun setting over the North Sea while Manuela chewed on her Ice Cube.