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    When I joined the forum, just over ten years ago, I think I may have created a bit of gender ambiguity by adopting the name Isla. At the time I pointed a few people to my profile, where all is explained, but who the hell reads profiles? So, wondering if after all this time that uncertainty still exists I thought I might start my BROTM term by putting the record straight.

    My name is John, the Isla is a river. I am definitely a person of the blokish persuasion, complete with cod-dangle and associated gronicles. Also I am not Scottish, but I have lived here for 37 years.

    So having got that sorted, here's some info on the Isla river (Uisge Ěle)

    The Isla is only about 18 miles long, and is a tributary of the river Deveron. It rises from a small lochan between the Moray towns of Dufftown and Keith. Both are important whisky distilling towns. Paraphrasing the story of Rome (built on seven hills) locals say that Dufftown was built on seven stills, and it is the home of Glenfiddich among others. Keith has the Strathisla distillery, which claims to be the oldest in Scotland having started production in 1786.
    It is also one of the prettiest distilleries. This is where Chivas Regal is made.




    By the time the river reaches Keith it looks like this.. The Auld Brig over river Isla at Keith



    It then crosses from Moray into Aberdeenshire, and when it gets to my house it looks like this.. My house is just behind the trees on the left.



    Then a mile downstream from here it runs into the river Deveron.

    So I live in Strathisla, the valley of the Isla, not to be confused with Glenisla, the valley of the other Isla river, about 90 miles south, which is a major tributary to the River Tay. Just for the record, a Strath is a wide and shallow valley, whereas a Glen is typically narrow and deep.

    About the time I joined the forum I was running a part-time/hobby woodworking business, called Isla Woodcraft, and I was investigating building my first wooden boat. I have to admit that I was a bit pleased with the name of my little business, so I couldn't resist using it when I joined. So hopefully that explains everything
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    Here's a video of a tour of the Strathisla distillery. The audio isn't great, but it should give you a flavour, so to speak..

    If you google Strathisla, every hit on the first few pages relates to the local whisky distilleries.

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    Default Re: BROTM1: About The Isla

    Lovely!
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    I always though isla meant island. But I guess different languages have different words for stuff.

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    Yeah, that's exactly what it looks like around here, too. Doesn't EVERYONE live in a fairy tale?

    Sheesh.

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    I agree with Robert, it does look like a fairy tale setting. Feel free to post lots more pictures!
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    OH this is going to be a GOOD rein Way to go Isla
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve McMahon View Post
    I agree with Robert, it does look like a fairy tale setting. Feel free to post lots more pictures!
    That bridge, que no? Wow.

    The one thing I'd savour most about crossing the pond is the age of some of that stuff. I'd wager that footbridge is older than this country.

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    So much more than the sketchy profile. Thanks.

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    This is indeed good stuff!
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    Pretty little river.
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    Fabulous! Worth the wait.
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    Very pretty, but that's what we call a 'creek' 'round here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Yeah, that's exactly what it looks like around here, too. Doesn't EVERYONE live in a fairy tale?

    Sheesh.

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    Right? What a nice place. And Glenfiddich? Over the top. Double sheesh! Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Wilson View Post
    Very pretty, but that's what we call a 'creek' 'round here.
    Well... I wasn't gonna say anything. Here's the little river I grew up on <G> --

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    So now we're going to have a river waving contest? We do small and pretty around here

    This is the slightly larger River Deveron that the Isla feeds into. It flows into the Moray Firth between Banff and Macduff.



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    Thanks John.

    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    Well... I wasn't gonna say anything. Here's the little river I grew up on <G> --
    I grew up on this one. Three towboats passing each other last Saturday.

    3 towboats Warfield.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by isla View Post
    So now we're going to have a river waving contest? We do small and pretty around here

    This is the slightly larger River Deveron that the Isla feeds into. It flows into the Moray Firth between Banff and Macduff.



    Changed my mind. Knock it off!

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    So, is the "s" silent? I've always kind of assumed it was, a la Islay...

    What are you doing about it?




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    Default Re: BROTM1: About The Isla

    Outstanding. North America has a lot of beauty, but things like those bridges set within the landscape ... not so much.
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    Isla, those photographs are breathtaking. You do live in a remarkably beautiful place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isla View Post
    So now we're going to have a river waving contest? We do small and pretty around here

    This is the slightly larger River Deveron that the Isla feeds into. It flows into the Moray Firth between Banff and Macduff.



    Too right. An egregious and bumptious thread detour. My apologies... tha mi duilich
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Orca View Post
    So, is the "s" silent? I've always kind of assumed it was, a la Islay...
    Yes, you're right, it's I La, or eye la.
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    I'm perfectly cool about the American river posts. I love rivers, big or small, they all have their charm. I think the Mersey is still my favourite. The upper reaches away from Liverpool are very pretty. You may get a thread about that
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    Quote Originally Posted by isla View Post

    ...

    By the time the river reaches Keith it looks like this.. The Auld Brig over river Isla at Keith



    It then crosses from Moray into Aberdeenshire, and when it gets to my house it looks like this.. My house is just behind the trees on the left.



    Then a mile downstream from here it runs into the river Deveron.

    So I live in Strathisla, the valley of the Isla, not to be confused with Glenisla, the valley of the other Isla river, about 90 miles south, which is a major tributary to the River Tay. Just for the record, a Strath is a wide and shallow valley, whereas a Glen is typically narrow and deep.

    About the time I joined the forum I was running a part-time/hobby woodworking business, called Isla Woodcraft, and I was investigating building my first wooden boat. I have to admit that I was a bit pleased with the name of my little business, so I couldn't resist using it when I joined. So hopefully that explains everything
    just wanted to see the bridge & stream again.. (-:

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    That bridge, que no? Wow.

    The one thing I'd savour most about crossing the pond is the age of some of that stuff. I'd wager that footbridge is older than this country.

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    Default Re: BROTM1: About The Isla

    Two more small rivers
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    SmallRiver2.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe (SoCal) View Post
    OH this is going to be a GOOD rein Way to go Isla
    Agreed. looks promising!
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    Oh, why not; here's our river:

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    Plenty of good rain in Scotland!
    Dunno about reins or reigns though.

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    Keith's looks a lot like ours. Here's one of my favourite river photos, this one from the northwest coast of Hudson Bay. My dad did a bunch of work on the char population of Saqvaqjuac River, and we ate a few of them, too. My sister is holding fresh char filets, and my mom is casting for more. This about 10:00 pm on, IIRC, June 22nd.

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    While we're on the subject of bridges, there are quite a lot of interesting ones in these parts. Mostly a bit newer than the Auld Brig at Keith..

    This one is on the River Spey just a few miles over from the Isla..

    Old Spey bridge, Grantown on Spey, 1754.

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    And this one is is a lot newer, built while Napoleon was retreating from Moscow. I always drive my American in-laws across to see this one when they visit.

    Craigellachie Bridge is a cast iron arch bridge across the River Spey at Craigellachie, near to the village of Aberlour in Moray, Scotland. It was designed by the renowned civil engineer Thomas Telford and built from 1812–1814. It is a Category A listed structure.

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    Here I am in the middle of a local stream that never got a bridge..


    0127191441-1.jpg

    and here's a stream crossing.. that I didn't take that day. (-:

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    the road comes from the near left and crosses to dead ahead..

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    ^Love the castellated abutments, Isla.

    Flying Orca, I Google-Mapped "Saqvaqjuac River" and on the day the satellite flew over, it was frozen and snow-covered, therefore uniformly flat and white. That was a rare condition up there, right? <wink, grin>
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