The future of Jura and Islay discussed by Scottish ministers - 4th April 2018

Credit: The Oban Times

Three Scottish Government ministers were in Bowmore today discussing long-term economic plans for Islay and Jura.

Attending the summit, which was organised by Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara, were Humza Yousaf, minister for transport and the islands; Fiona Hyslop, responsible for culture, tourism and external affairs; and MSP Michael Russell, Brexit minister.

Alongside the chief executives of both Highland and Argyll and Bute Council, they discussed ‘how to build a strategic, long-term plan for sustainable economic growth’ on the islands.

Representatives from Islay and Jura community councils were in attendance, as were the Ferry Users Group, the Tourism and Marketing Group, and various spokespeople from the whisky industry.

They were joined by senior management from CalMac, Transport Scotland, VisitScotland and Mundell’s Hauliers.

Update on Islay's Tuscania centenary tribute - 

8th February 2018


People on the Hebridean island of Islay have taken part in the first of a series of events commemorating First World War tragedies on their shores.

On February 5, they gathered to pay tribute to more than 200 American soldiers and British crewmen who perished on this day in 1918 when the troopship SS Tuscania was torpedoed by a German U-boat between Islay and Northern Ireland.

A ceremony was held at the American Monument on the Mull of Oa, a cliff-top memorial looking towards the Northern Irish coast.

This was followed by a remembrance service at CWGC Kilnaughton Military Cemetery, where a US soldier from the Tuscania still lies, along with four British crew members.

Pupils from Port Ellen Primary School's Gaelic Choir sang at Private Roy Muncaster's grave, and poppies were laid in his memory.

After the Great War, US soldiers lost in the Tuscania attack were either reburied at Brookwood American Cemetery, near Woking in Southern England, or repatriated to the United States. Private Muncaster's family decided he should rest on Islay.