Islay Show 2012

The Islay Show 2012 will be held at Bridgend on Thursday 9th August. The show is an excellent day out for all the family: although mainly agricultural, there are a number of attractions for everyone including many stands and stalls. Further information can be found at One of the great traditions of Show Day […]

Read full story

Sheepdog Trials

The annual sheepdog trials will be held at Bridgend on Saturday 28th July.  Entrants from across Islay & Jura and from further afield will contest a number of events including gathering sheep and shearing. These trials are taken very seriously by a number of local farmers who pride themselves in the excellent quality of their […]

Read full story
Corncrake Amongst the Daisies


A number of Corncrakes can now be heard calling throughout the island; such wildlife activity is a sure sign that summer is well and truly here. The Barnacle and White Front geese have returned to Greenland, leaving a greatly reduced crop of grass that is a long way behind the fields on the mainland. Early […]

Read full story
beach rugby

Beach Rugby 2012

The annual beach rugby tournament is taking place at Port Ellen on Saturday 9th June: this is another very busy time on the island when the fiercely competitive players battle out a game after game on the beach at Port Ellen. This is a great spectacle to watch, there are plenty of stands selling refreshments […]

Read full story

Islay Whisky Festival 2012

Following a week of glorious sunshine and only a little rain, the Islay Whisky festival is drawing to a close.  Every year thousands of whisky enthusiasts come to Islay in the last week of May to tour the distilleries and explore the latest bottlings. This year saw many of the exclusive editions of whisky sell […]

Read full story