Thank you for your comments. The island of Islay is part of the inner Hebrides whilst the Western Isles used to be called the Outer Hebrides.
I agree with what you are saying about a lack of housing for local families in Upper Deeside due to well off people from Edinburgh and Glasgow purchasing second homes in the area.
However you do not have to go as far as Upper Deeside to see this problem. The East Neuk of Fife has exactly the same problem with houses in Crail, Anstruther, Cellardyke etc owned by people who live in Central Scotland and use them either as second homes or let them out as holiday rentals which results in the same Dark Windows during the winter months apart from a few days at New Year.
Islay has a similar problem with second home owners letting out their houses for holiday rental and it has got worse with the arrival of AirBNB.
Argyll Community Housing Association and West Highland Homes in the last five years have probably built at least one hundred new homes on Islay but unfortunately they did not have the sense to hold back a number of these houses for incoming workers .This failure has resulted in HIAL the owners of Islay Airport having to consider housing their incoming staff in portacabins beside the airport.
A local Islay resident had a letter in the last edition of the Ileach complaining about a lack of housing yet up to a couple of years ago she was part of the problem. She owned several flats on Islay but preferred to earn the ‘big bucks’ from holiday rentals rather than let them out all the year round for incoming workers to Islay such as vital NHS staff.
It is not just second home owners who stuff their cars full of food. The local residents also do a ‘big shop’ at either Tesco or ASDA when they make a trip to the Mainland for the simple reason that there is not the choice on Islay that their is in the supermarkets on the Mainland.
If you do not believe me them I suggest that you do your weekly shopping in a Co-op supermarket in Dundee with the one in Albert Street being similar in size to the supermarket in Bowmore, Islay.
One of my table tennis friends has a card for Costco in Glasgow and his car is packed to the gunnels with things like Coffee, biscuits, and other dry goods.
On one occasion toilet rolls were on special offer in Costco and he brought back 225 toilet rolls which were fitted into every nook and cranny in his car in addition to all his other shopping purchased at Costco.