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It’s a dreich Sunday afternoon on Islay and my tweets about politics only result in people unfollowing me … so here’s some birds from yesterday’s survey for the #BigGardenBirdWatch2023 . Was a lovely bright day and a little flock of greenfinches paid us a rare visit! 😀🕊️🦅🦆

Nice to see our local otter out and about in the Kilnaughton Bay shallows this afternoon #Islay  -

FFS @CalMacFerries  - Islay ferries messed around again, on the first day of the school holidays - anyone with inward connections is screwed😡😡 ISL-KEN 04 Feb 0945, Due to operational reasons this sailing will now depart at 13:00. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause

I was in Oban Waterstones the other day and seeing “Lucy by the Sea” on promotion reminded me something I’ve forgotten had made me make a mental note to read some @LizStrout . This ⬇️ is such a beautiful, moving book and so spare I read it in one sitting on the ferry home to Islay

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'No Burns Night celebration is complete without a few drams. Terroir matters – from peaty Islay to spicy Speyside malts; sweeter Highland to softer Lowland varieties – and so it is worth allowing yourself to roam geographically' ✍️ Ameer Kotecha

A favourite Islay view to start the week - the River Laggan from where it passes under the High Road between Port Ellen and Bridgend

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Saw 2 buzzards today: thought the 1st was a golden eagle & 2nd a hen harrier 🙄 But the #BirdsSeenIn2023  list got a new addition thanks to the curlews at the top of Loch Indaal, Islay. Reminded me of @DavidGray ’s lovely #Norfolk  slot on @BBCSpringwatch’s#winterwatch  this week

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A little reminder of what a beautiful week of crisp and bright winter weather we’ve had on Islay: this is looking down Loch Indaal to Bowmore and beyond from the monument to John Francis Campbell above Bridgend. It’s a lovely viewpoint I’d never been up to before Monday.

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Good morning from Islay - it’s Shanks’s pony for the school run to @portellenps  today

Lovely walk around @CornabusFarm  in the Islay sunshine this morning, much of it accompanied by this sociable little reed bunting ⬇️. Also added fieldfare, meadow pipit and sparrow to my #BirdsSeenIn2023  list. 46 ticked off, 104 to go!

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There are no traffic lights on Islay. However … #deer 

#OnThisDay 1973: Meet Owen and Pat, who were building a dry-stone wall on Islay. Such hard work - but we soon learn why they do it!

A taste of the season @restaurant_gr .... Yorkshire grouse, beetroot, pickled blackberries, Islay single malt.

Whisky underpins the economy of Islay and much of Scotland. On Friday, a 25% tariff imposed by the Trump administration will go into effect, triggering headaches for single malt distilleries already struggling with Brexit.

Scotland mulls law change after American hunter causes outrage posing with dead animals on the island of Islay

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Anger after 'hardcore huntress' shoots wild goat on Scottish island of Islay

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100 years ago, residents of the island of Islay in #Scotland  played an important and unexpected role in #WW1 . Here's why we're joining in the commemoration today. ()

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Today The Princess Royal attended the WW100 Scotland National Day of Remembrance service at the Port Ellen War Memorial on the Isle of Islay in Scotland.

Heading off to lovely Islay & Jura today talking all things transport & island related. The next vessel we've committed to build will be for Islay route. Thanks to & for the invite. Over 30 islands visited...only 60-odd (inhabited islands) to go!

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