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Back From Islay

Picture of two road signs towards Bowmore and Ardbeg
Picture of a large crane at a distillery
Picture of a bay and dunes Picture of a river surrounded by trees

As already mentioned on my other blog in the 2.5 Munros, 1 Island and 3.5 Books Later entry I've just returned from my summer holidays. A large part of it, most of the second week to be precise, was spent on Islay.

Details will be reported in the travelogue I'll write for my Travelogue and Isle of Islay site (where I'll also publish many more pictures), but here's a short overview of my visit to Islay:

I arrived on Monday, a bright day with sunny intervals. After spending a while looking around Port Ellen I turned right towards the distilleries. I picked up the rent for my square foot of Islay at Laphroaig (which I'm drinking while writing this entry). At Lagavulin they were busy with repairs to the pagodas, a big crane in position.

Tuesday the weather was quite dull and grey, I spent the day with Ian and Margaret at Kilchoman House Cottages. Thank you very much for your hospitality!

Wednesday morning was very nice and sunny, I spent most of it in Port Charlotte, walking around and taking lots of pictures. Unfortunately it clouded over in the afternoon, nevertheless I had a nice time at Kilchirian Bay and the old slate mines.

Thursday started bright but cloudy, but I still decided to visit Lossit Bay. This turned out to be an excellent decision, as it started to clear up late in the morning for a brilliant and sunny afternoon. I spent the day at Lossit Bay and exploring the coastal cliffs with Dùn Bhoraraig, Beinn Seasaimh and Beinn Ghlas. A lot of pictures were taken during this day, quite few of them I hope to turn into panoramas.

Friday also started fairly dull, but got brighter later. I visited Bridgend, walked through Bridgend Woods to Islay House Square, spent some time at Finlaggan and dropped by at Caol Ila distillery for a few pictures. Later in the afternoon I paid The Strand a short visit before meeting with Rae from Islay Quilters for a nice chat.

On Saturday it was time to say good bye. I picked up a few bottles of Islay Ales before boarding the ferry in the afternoon to return to the mainland.

Normal blogging service will resume soon, quite a few things to catch up on...



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