Sunset across Caol ila

Horse Play at Persabus

We had been enjoying a tease of beautiful spring weather on the island with gorgeous blue skies and sunshine and then suddenly May was rudely interrupted with a ferociously stormy, wild day of dramatic gales and sleety rain with golf ball size hailstones thrown in for good measure. Even the Paps of Jura were left [...]
Flock of Hebridean Sheep

Those Tartan Sheep

Behind the scenes it has been a crazy couple of weeks of online training Zoom meetings and a pile of admin as we get everything ready, making sure we are ‘hot to trot’. Preparing for the time when we can safely begin to welcome you all back to stay with us on the farm at [...]

The Happy Farmer’s Commute

The sun has been rising earlier in the mornings and spring is well and truly here, as those beautiful yellow daffodils are out in bloom lining the single-track road to Persabus. It is an exciting time on the farm with the birth of new calves and the fields filled with heavily pregnant sheep. The Happy [...]

The Return of the Happy Farmer

Everyone has been asking what I have done with the Happy Farmer? He has disappeared off the blog posts. Slid off the platform of social media. There have been no updates. No cheeky wee mentions. His last sighting was reportedly on ‘The Mighty Persabus Haggis Hunt’. Did he really in fact end up enjoying copious [...]

Winter on Islay

We woke up to a hard frost A peppering of snow on the Paps and brilliant sunshine. Days like these. It is good for the soul, especially in these strange times. Running through hard frosty fields, dogs in tow, and the Hebridean sheep do not blink an eye as we pass. They are used to [...]

The Haunted Kiln

The blog has taken a bit of a back seat  We have been ‘cooking with gas’ in the pottery. Our Halloween ghosts and ghouls in the form of our ‘pottery takeaway’ painting boxes have literally been flying off the shelves. The first two days saw us sell out of stock completely. Thankfully we were able to [...]

Old Lizzie

We have a new star on the farm Well not quite ‘new’…quite old in fact. Quite old, unique, and more than a bit of a relic. New life has been breathed into the very soul of ‘Old Lizze’, fondly named by my late father in law. Old Lizzie arrived at Persabus way back in the [...]

Farm Diversification at its Best

On the cusp of the changing seasons the island’s summer frock is gradually being cast aside as the landscape is emerging swathed in the golden hues of barley ripening, and the pinks and purples of wild heather clad hillsides in full bloom, as the colours of autumn take hold. It has been a weekend of [...]

And the Hair was Cut

‘Strike a pose’ The Persabus welcoming committee have been out in force Ever since the lockdown restrictions were eased you would think those Highland cows had received some sort of inside knowledge. Telepathic waves between Scot Gov and those Highland ladies. They can be seen posing away, just behind the hill gate, putting on their [...]

The Persabus Whisky Ambassadors

With the Islay Whisky Festival happening last week, and Persabus being the gateway to the north Islay Distilleries, our very own Brand Ambassadors, were out in force, forming the welcoming party for the north Islay Distilleries. It appears no one thought to tell them that the whisky festival was only happening in a virtual world, [...]