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Islay 2019 Ferries (3v, 50p to £2, U/M)

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Islay Cinderella stamp issue, from 2019, depicting the ferries that currently serve the island: MV Eilean Dhiura, MV Finlaggan and MV Hebridean Isles.

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Islay Cinderella stamp issue, from January 2019, depicting the ferries that currently serve the island: MV Eilean Dhiura, MV Finlaggan and MV Hebridean Isles.

On the 50p stamp, the Eilean Dhiura is the ferry that operates the service between Port Askaig on Islay and Feolin Ferry on the nearby Isle of Jura. Built in 1998, she has since provided the main connection between the two islands.

The Finlaggan, shown on the £1 stamp, is the newest of the three vessels, having been built in 2010 and entered into service the following year. She mainly provides services between Kennacraig, on the Kintyre peninsula, and Islay.

Caledonian MacBrayne’s Hebridean Isles was launched in 1985, and has served on various routes, though it mainly operates between Kennacraig and Islay. During the summer months, this service is extended once a week to Colonsay and Oban.

U/M / Unmounted Mint / MNH / Mint Never Hinged.

About Islay

Islay is an island (population 3,228) in the Inner Hebrides, approximately 20 miles from the coast of mainland Scotland. It is also 25 miles from the coast of Northern Ireland. Islay is famous for its whisky as well as for being home to many bird species, including wintering geese. Until 1493, Islay was part of the Lordship of the Isles, whose capital was based at Finlaggan Castle.

In November 2017, the island’s first local stamps were issued to commemorate 250 years since the building of the Round Church in the village of Bowmore, and were issued partly to raise money for the Church of Scotland. Four further issues appeared during 2018, and several new sets have been produced each year since. After a pause for most of 2021, an attractive new issue, celebrating Islay Folklore, appeared in January 2022.

The stamps are Cinderellas with no postal function, but are labels designed to accompany standard Royal Mail postage stamps on mail for the UK mainland. Used examples can be found on cover bearing a dated “Bowmore – Bogh Mor” postmark.

Though the stamps are essentially fantasy issues, there is a strong local angle in that they are designed and produced by a former island resident, all relate to aspects of island life, and feature original photographs or artwork.

Past and current issues can be purchased - for the same prices as in our shop - via the Islay Stamps website.

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