Barley boat Victress in Port Ellen (2), Isle of Islay

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Picture of a coastal freighter carrying barley being unloadedWhile some of the barley used for making the famous whisky is grown on Islay the island can’t produce anywhere near enough to support soon nine distilleries. The vast majority is imported from elsewhere, brought in by the ‘barley boat’. Here we can see the Victress being unloaded, first the barley is sucked into holding silos (the large square building behind the front hatch) before being transported by lorry to the maltings (in the distance on the left).

Port Ellen warehouses and maltings under dark clouds, Isle of Islay

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Picture of the former Port Ellen distillery and the modern maltings under a dark cloudy skySeen from The Islay Hotel in the centre of Port Ellen, a view of the warehouses of the former Port Ellen distillery and the modern maltings under a dark cloudy sky.

Port Ellen Maltings in June 2010, Isle of Islay

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Picture of a large industrial malting on a shore, old warehouses next to themSeen from the ferry, the Diageo owned maltings in Port Ellen which supply most (but not all) distilleries on Islay. On the right also the remaining old warehouses of the now long closed Port Ellen distillery.