There are talks about a second ferry to Islay for the whole summer timetable from March 31 to October 31 according to an article in This is Northscotland. The current timetable only provides the sailing of two ferries from May 19 to September 25.
Argyll Msp George Lyon said: "Currently, the extra ferry on the Islay route has provided a substantial boost to the island, with the local tourist board reporting to me on my recent visit that the island was bursting to the seams on many occasions with visitors who were encouraged to visit due to the more frequent ferry service." He also urged Transport Minister Tavish Scott in a letter to extend the summer ferry service to Islay.
Islay councillor Robin Currie said: "This is something that we have been asking both CalMac and the executive for, for some time.
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On the 20th of August the annual Islay Airshow was held in combination with the Islay Airport open day. A show was planned from the BBMF (Battle of Britain Memorial Flight) but according to an article in the Ileach this had to be cancelled due to bad weather.
The 2006 Air Show organised by the Museum of Islay Life in association with the staff of Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd at Islay Airport, led by manager Andrew Lindsay, was affected by poor weather on the mainland which prevented a number of aircraft from attending, but the turnout was still excellent. There were spectacular displays from an RAF Puma helicopter, a pair of De Havilland Chipmunks, a Pitts Special bi-plane, the Loganair Saab, the very comfortable- looking new air ambulance plane, and a rather more basic military ambulance with a decided lack of comfy chairs. Bruno Schroder’s private aircraft provided a number of prizewinners with flights around the island and our local rescue teams from the Coastguard and Fire services were put through their paces.
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In an earlier post was written that the Islay Life Boat has been very busy lately. Last night the Islay Life Boat was called out again in a huge search and rescue operation after receiving a distress call. Plane's and lifeboats were called out and after a search of several hours they found out that the mayday signal was coming from a radio beakon dumped in a skip. That was a lost Saturyday night for a lot of volunteers.
And here comes the unbelievable part:
Quote: After rescuers failed to find any boat in distress, a red-faced sailor from Devon owned up that he had asked his wife to dispose of an old emergency position indicating radio beacon in a bin, but she had forgotten to remove the battery. The couple, for obvious reasons, did not want to be identified.
The full story is available here
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A Gateway to the Unique Cruising Grounds of the Western Isles. This is the slogan on the new website from Port Ellen Marina. The website gives information about the facilities, directions for sailing from the Port Ellen bouy, the dockage rates and contact information. Furthermore the website offers a photo gallery with pictures from Islay.
The new website can be visited by clicking here
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Over the past three months the Islay lifeboat has been particularly busy with the Port Askaig-based craft responding to 10 rescue operations. These services included searching for wreckage reported off Rathlin Island in mid-June, followed shortly by towing the yacht ‘Fumerole’ to safe anchorage at Caol Ila after she lost power in Loch Tarbert at Jura.
When the yacht ‘Yuhoigo’ was reported aground at Jura’s Tarbert Bay on July 5th the lifeboat again raced to the scene but stood down when the yacht managed to refloat without damage.
On the 24th July, the yacht ‘Verona’ suffered engine failure in the Gulf of Corryvreckan and the lifeboat towed the stricken vessel to safe moorings at Crinan. Next day the RIB ‘Mor Gorm’ was towed to safety at Castle Sween following gearbox failure at the MacCormick Isles.
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During my visit in May I already found out that houses on Islay are relatively expensive, certainly compared to 5 or 10 years ago. Someone even told me that the prices raised with more than 100% in 4 years. No doubt that second home owners have something to do with that. And as a result some streets in Port Charlotte and Portnahaven are almost deserted in the wintertime according to an article in The Ileach Newspaper
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After a, well deserved, week on holiday it's time to catch up with the latest news on my favorite subject: Islay. First an article in the News and Star mentioning there is no Fish and Chips shop on Islay. But despite that Islay has much to offer according to the article Celtic Charms. Islay doesn't need a Chippie if you ask me, but thats only my opinion. I wonder how they would taste with an Islay Malt? Chippie or no Chippie, there are some fine places on Islay to eat out already. For example the Croft Kitchen in Port Charlotte, The Old Kiln cafe at the Ardbeg Distillery and of course The Harbour Inn at Bowmore. But these are not the only places of course for a good meal, most hotels on Islay offer very fine meals as well.
The Islay lifeboat was called out on tuesday the 8th of August to assist the "MV Cemfjord" which had engine dificulties a few miles from the Islay Coast in worsening weather. Stuart Atkinson, Watch Manager, Clyde Coastguard said: "The crews of the two Severn class lifeboats have done a fantastic job this evening in towing this disabled vessel to a safe anchorage. More info on this story here
According to the Herald Islay airport was also hit by the chaos after the arrest of the pakistan terrorists. Very well understandable of course but it doesn't make flying any easier. Longer check-in times and more security are a result of all this and I wonder where this will lead to.
Is this all? Yes it's all for now but there is more to come very soon so do come back.
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It's holiday time and the Islay Blog wont be updated untill Wednesday the 16th of August. But don't worry, there is plenty to read and below you can find some links to earlier posts/stories.
Or dream away with almost 40 High Quality Pictures in the Wallpaper Section
As a last post I thought I'd place a nice Islay picture. Maybe a bit unusual and not familiar but it's definitely Islay. It's Loch Ardnahoe on the road to the Bunnahabhain Distillery
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In 2002 Scotlands first wave power station became in operation on Islay. The plant is located near Portnahaven. So far the Islay plant was the only one in Scotland but today was announced that Lewis, one of the Scottish Western Isles, will get a similar wave power station. The power station, on the island of Islay, is the product of years of research into how to effectively harvest energy from the world's oceans.
The UK was one of the world's leaders in developing wave power until a series of setbacks coupled with a lack of funding scuppered promising projects following initial enthusiasm in the late 1970s.
But supporters of the wave power project believe that with climate change in the headlines, the timing could not be better.
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In an earlier post I already mentioned some details about Islay's Jazzfestival which will be held from Friday September 15th to Sunday September 17th. The full programme is now available at the Official Website or download the complete PDF-file here (requires Adobe Reader)
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