David MacBrayne Freighters

by Carl Reavey on 12th April 2013 in Our People, The Distillery, Exploring History

Television production company MacTV visited Bruichladdich this week to shoot som...

The History of Bruichladdich Distillery

by Mark Reynier on 16th July 2012 in The Distillery, Exploring History

William Harvey and Bruichladdich...

Mythical Malt Mill whisky and the Angels' Share

by Carl Reavey on 3rd July 2012 in Talking Whisky, Exploring History

The Angels' Share, a Scottish film directed by that great portrayer of gritty s...

Flitboats, Puffers and Horse and Cart

by Carl Reavey on 25th June 2012 in On Barley, Exploring History

This picture shows men unloading sacks of barley destined for Loch Indaal Distil...

Is There An E in Whisky?

by Carl Reavey on 19th June 2012 in Talking Whisky, Exploring History

Three times no. At least as far as Bruichladdich is concerned. 'Whisky' is the A...

Harvest at Octomore Farm

by Carl Reavey on 6th June 2012 in Exploring History, Place

This picture shows fields at Octomore Farm during the harvest, high above the v...

Tuscania and Otranto - Tragedy at the Lochindaal Distillery

by Carl Reavey on 3rd June 2012 in Exploring History

This picture is one of the best we have of the old Loch Indaal Distillery in Por...

The Octomore Story

by Carl Reavey on 30th April 2012 in Place, The Distillery, Exploring History

In a wood in Bridgend, tucked away off the road, there is a damp, stone monumen...

Port Charlotte c.1890

by Mark Reynier on 4th April 2012 in Place, Exploring History

Some great photographs of Port Charlotte village and distillery have come to lig...

Geology of Islay

by Mark Reynier on 29th February 2012 in Talking Whisky, Exploring History

Whisky on the Rocks, published by the British Geological Survey, claims that Bru...

The Scots & Renegade Rum

by Carl Reavey on 1st November 2011 in Exploring History

Two rums on offer are from distilleries that were originally developed by Scots....

The Bruichladdich Name

by Carl Reavey on 6th September 2011 in The Distillery, Exploring History

Bruichladdich is one of the fifty most unpronounceable names in Scotland accordi...

Why Islay?

by Carl Reavey on 15th March 2011 in Place, Exploring History

Islay is one of the four original whisky "regions"....

Child's Play

by Mark Reynier on 8th January 2009 in Exploring History

The Vikings were a tough bunch, both at work and at leisure.   When they went o...

Islay Pata Negra

by Mark Reynier on 8th January 2009 in Exploring History

To get Pata Negra one needs to go to South-Western Spain....

Original Booze Cruise

by Carl Reavey on 13th November 2008 in Exploring History

The word booze originates from Africa's earliest black civilisation, dating back...

Cockleshell Hero

by Carl Reavey on 25th September 2008 in Exploring History, Our People

Lord Astor's hunting lodge, at the head of West Loch Tarbert, has an interesting...


by Carl Reavey on 18th September 2008 in Exploring History

A puffer was the lifeline of island communities; a shallow-drought, commercial ...

Islay History - 1881

by Mark Reynier on 7th February 2008 in Place, Exploring History

This article from the Oban Times, November 1881 announces the imminent opening o...

The Oldest Scottish Distiller

by Mark Reynier on 19th December 2007 in Talking Whisky, Exploring History

A new search has been launched to find Scotland’s oldest whisky distillery by ...



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