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Feb. 23.



Oban from Tower

OBAN: gateway to the Isles, international harbour, wild time fishing village, and, home of Oban single malt whisky distillery.

As the waterways of the world ferried people, MUSIC from OBAN, and ideas from the West coast of Scotland to the Mediterranean and beyond, this town traded whisky, fish, slate and wool.  Oban is approximately one hundred miles North of Glasgow, and many of the languages of the planet are heard here in the summer months. The land is washed by a misty, maritime rain, and a lightly peated, slightly salty whisky, with honey and citrus notes is crafted.

Oban Distillery  (1024x715)Nosing at 12 OBAN (1024x681)

Hip Flask (804x1024)

The distillery claims to be one of the oldest in Scotland, being established in 1794. It is also one of the smallest, having only two stills, yet, produces around one million bottles of whisky a year.  

 The people of Oban are friendly, hardworking and know how to ceilidh. Oban has a defined sense of ‘place’, and warmly welcomes all comers. The town encircles the bay, and standing proudly overlooking the town, the bay, and the island of Kerrera, MacCaig’s Tower echoes this curve.

Music ShopOban Dist 1 (708x1024)Oban Dist & McCaig (1024x681)

Oban whisky embodies the spirit of Oban. It is of the land, and of the sea; strong, but not ostentatious, and has a long, sweet finish. Evoking the past with citrus notes, it reminds us that eating oranges was once an exotic treat ~ and thanks to the tides of the Western Seaboards, the people of Oban, Scotland were likely to have tasted oranges long before the people of Buckinghamshire, England!



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Jan. 26.

Feis Ile Burns Supper 2015


The Star o Rabbie Burns

 On 25th January,  a Scottish Poet’s birthday is celebrated the world over. A birthday which falls on 25 December is celebrated by a percentage of the world ~ but Rabbie’s birthday is celebrated in every country in the world; by everyone, everywhere. What an achievement. What an Immortal Memory!

The traditional Feis Ile Burns Supper was held in the White Hart Hotel in Port Ellen.

Burns Drams

There was a peat fire roaring in the grate when we arrived, we were welcome with a dram of Lagavulin 16 yo.

The dining room was beautifully decorated with red roses and white heather .

We said the Selkirk Gace before dining ~

Some hae meat and canna eat

And some wad eat that want it

But we hae meat and we can eat

And sae the Lord be thankit

 Dinner was  lovely:  soup was peppery,  mashed potatoes were creamy,  haggis was fresh…..


Our top table, comprising Donald Gillies. Jackie Thomson of Ardbeg fame, our MC Calum Murray formerly of Islay High School, John Campbell Manager of Laphroaig Distillery and John Findlay of Kilbride Farm.

Top Table

Their speeches were brilliant. Donald’s witty, clever homage to Burns and Scotland in The Imortal Memory

John Campbell, entertained us with his Toast to the Lassies.

  Jackie had us roaring with laugher at her truthful, cheeky and very daring Reply from the Lassies

We had more Lagavulin 16 yo, we listened to great singers from all over the island and a young piper from Port Ellen

Piping in the haggisJackie


And then after laughing, eating, drinking, singing,  & enjoying each others company into the wee small hours ~ 

We went home!



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Whisky For Girls ~ washbacks to slingbacks 009
Whisky For Girls ~ washbacks to slingbacks 009
Whisky For Girls ~ washbacks to slingbacks 009
Whisky For Girls ~ washbacks to slingbacks 009
Whisky For Girls ~ washbacks to slingbacks 009