Ok, we can’t be there in person this year, but we can bring you a fantastic set of images captured by Unfiltered photographer Peter Sandground a few years ago for a feature on ‘Islay from the sea’. Pour yourself a smoky dram and dream of this time next year…

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Rhinns of Islay lighthouse is only accessible by sea

Casks in the windowless dunnage warehouse at Bruichladdich rest with their secret codes dangling above

The ‘Wyre Majestic’ trawler hit the rocks at Rubha a Mhail in 1974

A member of Sweden’s unofficial Whisky Lovers’ Club (WLC) at Bunnahabhain

A two-inch divot created by the daily hanging of a thermometer inside the lip of the washback at Bunnahabhain

Gulls use the flat steady surface of the casks as their dinner table at Ardbeg

The view between the casks stacked up outside Bunnahabhain distillery

Gus Newman with a port hole he retrieved from the US troop carrier Otranto, which sank with the loss of 400 lives near Machir Bay in 1918

Numerous rocky outcrops and small islands make the approach by sea to Laphroaig precise and precarious

Submerged crab baskets at Bowmore

A defused mine washed ashore in the Sound of Islay

The distinctive church in Bowmore, where folklore says the round walls were built so that there would be no hiding place for the devil

A sea-facing grain storage hatch at Bruichladdich

The distinctive square bulk of Port Ellen lighthouse, commissioned in 1832 by Walter Frederick Campbell

A pulley and iron rails are all that remain of the slip next to Ardbeg where goods were received from the sea

A barbecue on the beach with fresh mackrel cooked on old staves from Ardbeg casks

Graham Hollyoake lays his lobster pots in front of Ardbeg distillery

Young Connor ties up his catch at Port Ellen

The Paps of Jura seen from across the Sound of Islay

A remote cave with a screening wall at its entrance suggests the possible site of illicit distilling

Sea charts showing south Islay, with the village of Port Ellen, as well as Laphroaig and Lagavulin distilleries