David MacBrayne Freighters

Television production company MacTV visited Bruichladdich this week to shoot some sequences for a programme about the David MacBrayne freight boats that served the Western Isles, including Islay, prior to the advent of the Ro-Ro ferries that we have become familiar with today.  The programme is to be presented by Professor Donald Meek, who is acknowledged as perhaps the world’s leading authority on the history of Scotland’s iconic ferry company.

The show will also feature Peggy MacEachern, who was born and brought up in Bruichladdich and worked for a number of years as a clerk in the office at Bruichladdich Pier.  The Gaelic language programme, which only has a working title at present, is expected to be aired in the Autumn on BBC Alba.  The small freighters that called at the pier back then had names such as Loch Broom, Loch Ard, Loch Dunvegan and Loch Carron.  They were an essential part of the social and economic life of the islands back then – and vital for the maintenance and supply of Islay’s whisky industry.

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