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Monday, 21/Apr/2008

Impressions from WalkIslay 2008

After my return from Islay yesterday I promised you a few first impressions from the Islay walking week 2008. I didn't have much time to go through the pictures today, but managed to quickly pick seven pictures from almost all the walks I participated in on Islay, Jura and Colonsay. Let me start with a group picture from the Bruichladdich to Kilchoman (and return) walk:

Picture of a group of approx 40 walkers, some waving for the camera

Walking isn't always straightforward, occasionally there are obstacles to overcome like this barbed wire fence on one of the walks:

Picture of walkers climbing through a barbed wire fence

Not only humans like walking, on one of the walks a large number of sheep joined us for a while. Mark Unsworth tried to stop them. Or was he just taking pictures, as is his day job?

Picture of a photographer standing in front of a herd of sheep

Climbing up the hills on Jura we had great views over the Sound of Jura to Kintyre and also the Isle of Arran in the distance:

Picture of walkers on a hill with a sound and distant islands in the background

On Colonsay we mostly walked on rather low ground, some would argue on the bottom of the Atlantic:

Picture of a group of walkers crossing a beach at low tide

The highest point of the week saw some of us 491m (or thereabout) higher than on the previous picture, on Beinn Bheigier, the highest hill on Islay. It was unfortunately also the cloudiest, windiest and coldest walk of the week:

Picture of walkers arriving at the summit of a hill (Beinn Bheigier on Islay)

Finally another view of the Paps of Jura, this time from near Rhuvaal lighthouse. We had just left the lighthouse (where we had been invited to a cup of tea by Howard and Patricia) and were on our way to Bunnahabhain (where John and Lindy MacLellan were waiting with a wee dram for us):

Picture of a group of walkers along the Sound of Islay with the Paps of Jura in the background

That's all for now, hopefully more soon. Good Islay night.

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