We’ve had another short break, this time to the slightly less balmy climes of Islay. Storm Callum had been raging, flooding our local shopping centre, cancelling ferries and generally causing mayhem (and very sadly loss of life) but luckily had subsided by the time we needed to travel. Still we stopped off to fortify and warm ourselves up with a hobbity second breakfast at the lovely Smiddy Bistro
Then it was back on the road to Kennacraig to join the Finlaggan
We’ve travelled to Islay before but always as a means of visiting Jura and though we did make a quick trip over, this time it was all about Islay.
It’s probably best known as a distillery island and while we popped into the newest* one Kilchoman for some lunch (and picked up a bottle to take home) we were more interested in exploring some of Islay’s spectacular beaches.
And of course DogS approved of this option.
Even though the sun was shining I was not tempted to paddle, these beaches Machir and Saligo bays face out into the Atlantic and have dangerous rip tides and fierce waves. I didn’t want to risk DogS following me and getting swept away.
I found a piece of slate and made my mark
But was very aware of leaving no trace…
Unfortunately even on these wild and fairly remote beaches that wasn’t always the case
We couldn’t manage to take away this plastic but removed a few “poo bags” worth of sweetie wrappers, plastic bottles and cable ties. And then because I was looking for obvious litter I began to see the tiny ground up pieces of plastic which we’d have had to sieve the sand to remove.
MrS didn’t miss out on his history fix, as well as the distillery and gorgeous beaches Kilchoman is home to this ancient carved cross and a poignant military cemetery marking the loss of the Otranto in 1918.
And true to form good food and drink was enjoyed, though we couldn’t take advantage of the bar at the Bowmore hotel. (We were driving)
DogS didn’t miss out
A walk through Bridgend woods gave DogS some good sniffs
And she could sniff but didn’t see this fine guy at Islay Woollen Mill
And we got the shivers listening to the seal song at Portnahaven
A very short visit but great fun and still lots to return and explore
And a few treats to take home.
Until next time
*Kilchoman is the newest until Ardnahoe opens later this year.