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Published on 9 Aug 2008
Many people will remember the sad sight of the old Islay Hotel in Port Ellen. After it had closed the building hadn't been maintained and over the years the wind and water had taken their toll. Certainly over the last 10 years of its existence it had started to turn into an eyesore, even though some developed romantic views about the building.
After many problems including securing sufficient water supplies Roland Worthington-Eyre was finally able to kick off the project to rebuild the hotel in summer 2007. Demolition of the old building was completed in September 2007 and building of the new hotel could begin.
This video aims to document the progress of the project with a tour around the hotel in July 2008. Many thanks to Roland and Peter for taking me around the hotel and explaining the various features. I've combined footage from two different days to create the tour, so don't be surprised if the weather changes several times during the tour ;-)
Further documentation of the project can be found on my websites.