Bonfire Night on Islay

I was going through my images this afternoon and came across an picture of someone most people on Islay know, if not all. It's Donald Fletcher of Persabus celebrating Bonfire Night, of Guy Fawkes night, which is tonight! I'm sure he will light some more fires and set off fireworks, something many others on Islay and elsewhere will do tonight. Fortunately the weather is not too bad so let's hope it will stay dry.

I've found a nice description on the backgrounds of this particular day on this website: "It goes back to the 1600's, when Queen Elizabeth died and James I took the throne. James was not tolerant to different religions and was planning to execute the Catholics. A group of Catholics got together with a plan of blowing up the Houses of Parliament, thus killing James, the Prince of Wales and the members of Parliament who were making life difficult for the Catholics. One by one people got scared and dropped out of the plan. One man by the name of Guy Fawkes, was brave enough to carry it through but was caught in the cellar of Parliament by the authorities on the night of November 5th with 36 barrels of gunpowder. On that very night, people all over the country lit bonfires to celebrate the safety of the King."

Happy bonfire night to all of you, please be careful with the fireworks.

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Roadworks between Tarbert and Kennacraig Start Next Week

Scotland TranServ has announced a two-week period of roadworks on the A83 trunk route north of Kennacraig. The carriageway maintenance is due to start next Monday (November 7), and to finish on Friday, November 18. It is being carried out by Scotland TranServ on behalf of Transport Scotland. The work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm, from Mondays to Fridays. During construction, the road will be reduced to one lane under temporary traffic signals. There will be 10mph convoy working in place for the majority of the works. However, Scotland TranServ has warned that it will be necessary to temporarily close the road on occasions, for a period of up to 20 minutes, to allow surfacing operations to take place at the end of the scheme where the road widths are less than 6m. It has stressed that these temporary closures will be timed to avoid peak times and avoid clashes with the ferry and bus timetables where possible.


Outwith working hours and throughout the weekends, traffic management will be lifted, and local access will be maintained as far as possible. Emergency services will have unrestricted access at all times. Councillor Duncan MacIntyre, Argyll and Bute’s spokesperson for transport and infrastructure, said: “This is a key route, so any work at all is going to cause disruption for a significant number of people. "I am glad to see that measures have been put in place to minimise this disruption as much as possible, but I would encourage motorists should allow extra time for their journeys to the Islay ferry terminal and pay attention to any advisory signs which will be in place throughout the works."

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Islay News Snippets

ScottishPower Renewables’ (SPR) tidal energy project in the Sound of Islay has been recognised by the Energy North Awards with the project winning the Best Offshore Renewables Award. The Energy North Awards judges praised SPR’s extensive use of the Highlands and Islands supply chain from pre-consenting, through to fabrication and highlighted that the project is significant in terms of technology and commercial scale, with massive export potential. Andy Macdonald, Islay Energy Trust’s Tidal Energy Project Officer said, "This award is recognition of all the hard work carried out by the whole project team, which led to consent being given for the project. This is a strong praise for all of the local input that ranged from ornithology, archaeology through to marine support work. It puts Islay firmly on the marine renewables map.”

The Crown Estate announced yesterday that agreements for five sites in Scottish waters have now been reached. As well as Inch Cape in the Tay Estuary and Neart na Gaoithe off Fife Ness, leases have also been agreed for Argyll Array and Islay on the West coast and Beatrice in the Moray Firth. The five sites could generate 5GW of electricity. The plans for a windfarm near the west coast of Islay were presented in 2009.

Islay Ferry: The CalMac Timetable changed from summer to winter mode on Sunday 23rd October. Further amendments to the timetable are possible during the period between 12th November and 3rd December due to ship maintenance schedules. Please check times before travelling. From the start of the winter timetable, CalMac will be running a return Saturday service to Colonsay and Oban for nine weeks. Commenting on the new service, Cllr. Currie said, "I very much welcome this new service which gives people from Islay the opportunity to do business in Oban during the nearly three hours that the boat lies there or spend a day on Colonsay. More importantly is that this service will give Colonsay an extra service to the three sailings per week that it currently gets in the winter." This nine week pilot service will run from 29th October till 24th December.

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Off on Holiday to Wester Ross

It will be quiet on this blog for a while because we will be heading for Scotland today. We will spend two weeks in Wester Ross in Cove, a wee village at the end of a single track road, at Loch Ewe. Two weeks in a very remote yet stunningly beautiful part of Scotland.

The view towards the north of Wester Ross 100 metres from our cottage.

From Saturday onwards I will try to post daily images and short articles on my Scotland Info Holiday Blog, all depending on a good signal of course. I wish you all the best for now. Blogging will hopefully start again around the 17th of October.

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