Monthly Archives: May 2009

Last day on Islay

Last night’s “ceilidh” was not what we expected. Rather than traditional Scottish/Gaelic tunes the band played covers of american pop and country tunes. We were not impressed but the locals seemed to love it. It was almost surreal to hear … Continue reading

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Another open day, lunch from Nippy Chippy, beach at Machir Bay, ceilidh

Mike posting at about 7PM, Saturday the 30th Today was Ardbeg’s open day. Once again we ran into the other couple (Gordon and Margaret Campbell) staying at Samhchair. Frequently meeting them during our stay has made the time very pleasand … Continue reading

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Comments are now allowed on the blog …

I just realized (because I found it curious there were no comments) that the blog was set up to disallow comments. Now with very little time remaining here it might be irrelevant but feel free to comment on any posting.

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Back down the road to Bunnahabhain

Friday, 29 May 2009, 10:15 PM, UK time, 5:15 PM, NE time HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEAN AND JOYCE! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ROB AND SARAH! We’ve just returned ‘home’ from a family ceilidh held in Ramsey Hall, a community center in Port Ellen, … Continue reading

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More ports, narrow roads,museums

Thursday 28 May 2009, 10:15PMIt’s been another day packed with adventure! We began doing laundry in a one-unit launderette in the village of Bowmore, pronounced B’mor, rolling the R on the end. While waiting, we visited a wonderful Scottish book … Continue reading

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Ales, more whisky, more ruins, Gaelic

Another late night (almost 11PM) blog entry. We just returned from Bogh Mor (Bowmore) where we visited the last distillery on our agenda, had supper then heard two hours of Gaelic voices and traditional voices at the Ionad Chalium Chille … Continue reading

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American monument, Finlaggan, Port Nahaven

26 May 2009 6:30 PM I‘m afraid we‘re finding SO much to do and see that it’s difficult to stop to blog all our exploits. The days are indeed long here; it’s close to 11 before the sun sets and … Continue reading

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Round church, whisky, music, and dancing

Today started windy and cold, with look of rain. The rain held off but the sun did not shine until late in the day; just in time for dancing. We started out by driving about 10miles from Port Ellen to … Continue reading

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First day on Islay

So much to tell you! At the moment, Michael and I are relaxing, eating sandwiches in the sitting room at our B&B ‘Samhchair’ (Gaelic for tranquility) on Islay, still feeling the sway of our morning ferry ride here. We arrived … Continue reading

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We arrived safely

But very tired at Heathrow this morning 05:00 or so. Two hours later we were enroute to Glasgow, arriving at about 08:30. Bus to primary bus-hub, waited for 4 hours to board bus to Tarbert. Arrived at Tarbert after about … Continue reading

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