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Picture of a dancer of traditional Scottish dance in full flightPicture of a dancer of traditional Scottish dance in full flightI'm not sure to how many Visitors Welcome Evening on Islay I have been, but I still visit them during most of my visits to Islay. As I did this time again, in particular because it was only a short drive from Bridgend to the Gaelic College in Bowmore. There's always some nice light entertainment as well as some information. And you get to meet a few people.

The evening started as usual with a slide show about Islay. Not much new for me, but a very good overview for the first time visitor. Still interesting for regular visitors to give ideas of places to visit or revisit.

Next we had some music before the evening moved on to some traditional Scottish dance. I'm not sure if they perform at every evening, but I think I've seen at least one of the girls at one of the previous evenings I've been to. They gave a very nice demonstration of Highland dancing, very fast and competent.
Picture of Iain MacPhersonPicture of a girl and a young man playing violinsThe girls also participate in various competitions on the mainland, where they've won a number of medals, trophies and other prizes.

Next up was Iain MacPherson. Yes, that's the same Iain who took us on the Killinallan Walk earlier in the day. He sang a number of songs for us, some in English but most in Gaelic.

Last but not least some more music: Eilidh sang and played (no, not at the same time) together with someone who's name escaped me (Sorry). The evening finished with a raffle draw, where all prizes were won by a walker participating in the walking week. I also had a nice chat with Jonneke and Fred, a couple from The Netherlands on their second visit to Islay. We had been in contact via e-mail and now met in person.
If you are interested in more information about Islay, Colonsay and Jura you might also be interested in my Isle of Islay pages. There you will find many more pictures and further information about Islay, Jura and Colonsay.

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