Many travellers have had their imaginations captured by the beautiful Hebridean island of Islay and have been moved to
write about it, among them the renowned Thomas Pennant and Martin Martin. But Ileachs - the natives of Islay - have
also been inspired to record their experience. These have included Gaelic bards, the folklorist John Francis Campbell
and the crusader for crofters' right, John Murdoch.
Then, there were the business writers of Islay - the estate factors, distillery managers, and public servants with their
revealing memos, legal documents and accounts of their endeavours. And there were the 'non-professional' writers - the
diary and letter writers whose intensely personal musings give us startling insights into the lives of the ordinary Ileachs
that historians all too often ignore.
The written records of Islay are varied, rich and rewarding. This anthology distils the essence of Islay through a very
personal selection of writing.