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Sunday, 03/Aug/2008

Islay Ferry Crossing Video

For some people the journey is the destination. For me Islay will always be the destination, but the journey to Islay is part of the destination. A big part of that journey is the ferry crossing from Kennacraig to either Port Ellen or Port Askaig. On a dull and grey day the journey can be quite boring, but on a nice and sunny day I think the ferry to Islay is one of the best in the world:


While the real crossing takes more than 2 hours I've condensed it into just under 9 minutes. In my first/second attempt at video editing I've tried to focus on the main events and most interesting sights during the journey to Islay. I'm also trying to tell the story of a crossing, I hope my attempts give a good idea of what happens during it:

The journey starts just past the West Loch Hotel where the A83 crosses a hill to then give a nice view over West Loch Tarbert. Then the arrival at Kennacraig swiftly followed by boarding the ferry and leaving Kennacraig to Islay.

The ferry travels down West Loch, upon leaving the loch great views of the Isle of Jura as well as the Isle of Gigha present themselves. Because of the ferries movements various car alarms go off below, their motion sensors being triggered repeatedly.

We pass another ferry, the Hebridean Isles, on her journey from Islay to the mainland. A fishing boat at work can be seen while there are further nice views of Jura and the coast of Islay. Then something a lot of people on the crossings are waiting for, the southern distilleries come into view. Good views of Ardbeg and in particular Laphroaig.

Last but not least we arrive in Port Ellen. We round the buoy marked ‘Port Ellen’ and turn into the wide bay before berthing at the linkspan. After driving off the ferry we have arrived on Islay.

Now I hope you like the video and it gives a really good impression of the crossing to Islay. The sound isn't perfect, that's still something I need to improve on. Haven't fully figured out yet how that all works. But I'll get there. Any feedback would be welcome.

The CD playing on my stereo while writing up what you can see in the video was The Subways - Young for Eternity.

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