Islay, Scotland’s whiskey island

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Main street of Bowmore © panoramio.com - Martin Cígler/cc-by-sa-3.0

Main street of Bowmore © panoramio.com – Martin Cígler/cc-by-sa-3.0

Islay (Scottish Gaelic: Ìle, Scots: Ila) is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Known as “The Queen of the Hebrides“, it lies in Argyll just south west of Jura and around 40 kilometres (22 nautical miles) north of the Northern Irish coast. The island’s capital is Bowmore where the distinctive round Kilarrow Parish Church and a distillery are located. Port Ellen is the main port.

Islay is the fifth-largest Scottish island and the eighth-largest island of the British Isles, with a total area of almost 620 square kilometres (240 sq mi). There is ample evidence of the prehistoric settlement of Islay and the first written reference may have come in the first century AD. The island had become part of the Gaelic Kingdom of Dál Riata during the Early Middle Ages before being absorbed into the Norse Kingdom of the Isles.

Port Charlotte © MSeses/cc-by-sa-4.0 Port Charlotte © MSeses/cc-by-sa-4.0 Ardbeg distillery © panoramio.com - Heikki Immonen/cc-by-3.0 Ardnahoe distillery © geograph.org.uk - M J Richardson/cc-by-sa-2.0 Bowmore distillery © Fakirbakir Main street of Bowmore © panoramio.com - Martin Cígler/cc-by-sa-3.0 Bruichladdich distillery © Fumaro/cc-by-sa-3.0 Bunnahabhain distillery © MSeses/cc-by-sa-4.0 Caol Ila distillery © geograph.org.uk - Euan Nelson/cc-by-sa-2.0 Kilchoman distillery © Ayack/cc-by-sa-3.0 Lagavulin distillery © Taxiarchos228/cc-by-sa-3.0 Laphroaig distillery © Taxiarchos228/cc-by-sa-3.0 Loading the ferry at Port Ellen © geograph.org.uk - Andrew Wood/cc-by-sa-2.0
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Loading the ferry at Port Ellen © geograph.org.uk - Andrew Wood/cc-by-sa-2.0
The later medieval period marked a “cultural high point” with the transfer of the Hebrides to the Kingdom of Scotland and the emergence of the Clan Donald Lordship of the Isles, originally centred at Finlaggan. During the 17th century the power of Clan Donald waned, but improvements to agriculture and transport led to a rising population, which peaked in the mid-19th century. This was followed by substantial forced displacements and declining resident numbers.

Today, it has over 3,000 inhabitants, and the main commercial activities are agriculture, malt whisky distillation and tourism. The island has a long history of religious observance, and Scottish Gaelic is spoken by about a quarter of the population. Its landscapes have been celebrated through various art forms, and there is a growing interest in renewable energy in the form of wave power. Islay is home to many bird species such as the wintering populations of Greenland white-fronted and barnacle goose, and is a popular destination throughout the year for birdwatchers. The climate is mild and ameliorated by the Gulf Stream.

Read more on VisitScotland.com – Isle of Islay, Wikivoyage Islay and Wikipedia Islay (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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