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Whisky Galore!



Whisky Galore! (1949)

If you have not seen this film then you are missing a masterpeice of British film making, it was one Earling Studios best films and starred some of the great talent around Basil Radford, Bruce Seton, Joan Greenwood and Gordon Jackson, only 4 years after the end of WWII when people were still being rationed and people were getting fed up of having not a lot of food or clothing, this film emergies that puts folk against the officials from the government, the customes and excise men. This film is based on true events screenplay was by Compton MacKenzie, based on his 1947 novel Whisky Galore. The story – based on a true event – concerns a shipwreck off a fictional Scottish island, the inhabitants of which have run out of whisky; the islanders find out the ship is carrying 50,000 cases of whisky, which they salvage, then hide the whisky around the island escaping the investigation by the local police and officials. A battle of wits ensues between Waggett (Customs), who wants to confiscate the salvaged cargo, and the islanders.


The film took place on the beautiful Isle of Barra but when the filming took place the island wasn't beautiful and 10 weeks extra filming had to take place.

Don't let that put you off Barra is a stunning place to visit any time of year, sometimes the crossing can be a bit rough but thats the charm of inter island crossing. If you are a diver and you are looking for a place to dive then its as beautiful under the water than on top.


The area of Barra is roughly 60 square kilometres (23 sq mi), 11 miles long and 6 miles wide. The main village is Castlebay (Bàgh a' Chaisteil).

A single track road runs around the coast of the island where the flattest land and houses are, the interior of the island is hilly and uninhabited. The west of the island has white sandy beaches backe by shell-sand, machair and the east has numerous rocky inlets. Kisimul Castle at Castlebay is on a rock in the bay, giving the village its name.

A smaller medieval tower house, Dun Mhic Leoid, can be found in the middle of Loch St Clare on the west side of the island at Tangasdale.[7] The highest elevation on the island is Heaval, halfway up which is a prominent white marble statue of the Madonna and Child, called "Our Lady of the Sea", which was erected during the Marian year of 1954.

The predominant faith on the island is Catholicism and the Catholic church dedicated to Our Lady of the Sea is immediately apparent to all who arrive at Castlebay.

Other places of interest on the island include a ruined church and museum at Cille Bharra, a number of Iron Age brochs such as those at Dùn Chuidhir and An Dùn Bàn, and a range of other Iron Age and later structures which have recently been excavated and recorded.[citation needed] Barra is connected by a causeway to the smaller island of Vatersay, population 90.







Thanks to https://en.wikipedia.org for some information.