Finlaggan, Home of the Lord of the Isles, Isle of Islay, Scotland

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In May 2016 when we were on the Isle of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland, the one place I really wanted to visit was Finlaggan.  After two days, we did, I was so excited….I know….but this is where the Hebridean Lords ruled and the whole island ‘Eilean Mor’ The Large Island, is covered with 13th to 16th centuries houses built on top of each other.  There are some wonderful tomb slabs, a little difficult to take photos, as the tombs have been covered to try and save them from the elements.  

The little island that you see later, is Council Island, where recent excavations have found the remains of an Iron Age Fort or Dun, I so wish that we could have visited, but there is no public access.  There are very good notice boards all over the island and I took photos of them, hopefully with photos of what they are explaining following them.  I hope I have them in order, but they are interesting to read anyway.  There is a very good visitors centre, with plenty of books to buy about the area.  If you ever go to Isley, Finlaggan is a must, it’s such an amazing place.












12 Replies to “Finlaggan, Home of the Lord of the Isles, Isle of Islay, Scotland”

    1. Thank you, it is lovely and desolate, I think that is why you are pulled in to it, the feeling there is just so amazing. Someone wanted to talk to me to tell me the history and all I wanted was to be quiet and just be there and tune into the island….. but it was interesting what they told me, so I came back to present 🙂

  1. The post boards were wonderful to read! Love seeing the grave stones,and those beautiful swamp flowers!of course ruins are always neat to see.🙂

  2. This is the Motherlode, the pictures are brilliant and the location is inspirational. I am biased in this posting, my clan were the court poets for Irish kings, the Lords of the Isles and the McDonald’s of Clanranald. It’s a must place to visit,. Thank you for this wonderful posting.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it John, it would be a special place to you. I loved visiting, we actually went twice, once in the evening and then during the day…….it gives you the most amazing feeling, even seeing it from a distance 🙂

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