HARVEST 2017October 1, 2017
The weather for this year’s harvest was very unsettled and we were delayed by over two weeks before we could get our new combine into the fields. We eventually started on the 17th September, we combined for 2 days and managed to get over half of the barley in before the weather changed. It wasn’t until the 25th September that we managed to get back out and the Farm team worked to the early hours to finish the harvest. Working late turned out to be a great decision, as other farmers on Islay are still struggling to finish their harvest. We harvested a total of 204 tonnes with yields of 1.9tonnes an acre. If we had managed to get on to the fields earlier when it was ready we would have achieved higher yields, as we had barley flattened by the wind and rain which made combining a lot harder.
Fly from Edinburgh to Islay
As Islay’s tourist count rises each year with whisky tourism alone increasing by 20% in the last two years our remote little island is attracting people from far and wide. Getting to Islay can sometimes feel like an adventure itself, the only two options (private planes aside) being a long…November 12, 2018