The bags were packed early in the morning of Saturday the 22nd of May and around ten we said goodbye to our temporary "landlords" who provided the perfect base for our Islay spring holiday. It feels strange sitting here at home writing this post knowing that all the time I posted my Islay pictures from Islay itself. It was so special to share all these beautiful moments with you all and I like to thank everyone who sent me the dozens of emails and posted all the lovely comments on facebook.
We already miss the island and its people very much. We had the best Islay holiday ever and not only because of the great weather but mainly because of all the friends and other people we met. Unfortunately we couldn't meet up with everyone we wanted to. Spending your holiday with a one year old means that you have to make different choices and set other priorities, but we loved to share the island with our baby girl. I can now say that Islay is also a perfect destination to go to with a wee child. We spent many happy hours on the beautiful sandy beaches, on the swings at Port Ellen and Port Mor or sitting on the shores of Loch Indaal admiring the views and wildlife, just to name a few.
After the sun had set behind the Paps of Jura
We spent our last day of the holiday at Port Ellen on the white hart beach. The weather was again very friendly with high temperatures and warm sunshine while the festival started with the Lagavulin open day. We left Islay on the afternoon ferry from Port Askaig and spent the night at a B&B in Tarbert. As a goodbye present we were rewarded with one of the best sunsets I have ever seen in my life; the sun setting behind the Paps of Jura seen from Kintyre on the Scottish mainland. It was an unbelievable sunset and along the road from Tarbert to Campbeltown were many parked cars and people admiring this breathtaking view. Continue reading...
Thanks to all we met for the kind words and warm welcome and most of all the lifeboat crew for the trip of a lifetime. Sorry to those we couldn't see this time. I guess three weeks just isn't enough but there is always a next time so hopefully see you soon!
Port Ellen Marina
Ferry arriving at Port Askaig
Entering West Loch Tarbert
Sunset Paps of Jura
Sunset Paps of Jura