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Islay Estates Farming Update

New developments on the Home Farm include the purchase of a new bull, Jawbreaker, cutting hay and the addition of 14 Luing heifers from Oronsay. Last year we bought 6 Luing heifers from the RSPB; they had been brought up on Oronsay and so were well acclimatised to life on the west coast. They fared […]

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Whisky Rocks – An Islay Odyssey

As I turned the RIB out of Port Askaig basin at 0945hrs on the 13th of Sepetmber 2014  I had no idea what lay in store for the rest of the day.  Being a sunny Saturday with high pressure sitting over the country I was fairly confident that the weather would remain calm for the […]

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Farming on Islay Estates – Update

Last week we bought 6 Luing heifers from the Islay market.  They had been reared on Oronsay so are well acclimatised to to west coast climate.  they are currently grazing at Gartbreck and have been named as Blondie, Brownie, Ginger, Chantelle, Sybil and Justine.  The explanation for the names is a little obtuse – blame my […]

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Islay Estates Company (IEC) has recently come under criticism regarding the way that the Estate is managed and in particular its approach to housing on the island. Many people on the island are aware of the situation but for the benefit of those, particularly further afield, who are prone to jump to ill-informed conclusions, the […]

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For Sale – Newton Schoolhouse

Islay Estates is offering Newton School for sale at the reduced price of £95,000.  This is an excellent opportunity for someone to create their own unique Islay home near Bridgend, close to the centre of Islay.  The building is substantial and stone built with beautiful views over the surrounding countryside.  It does require complete renovation […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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