When we were driving on the Isle of Islay in May 2016, I kept a look out for abandoned houses, to be truthful, there aren’t that many compared to other islands. This little one is situated on the side of a hill and it was a quick point and press as we passed. I think its Victorian and reminds me of the Fairy Cottage, which is painted blue and white and is on the other side of the Island. Who knows, maybe one day someone will restore this cute little cottage.
When you sail into Port Askaig on the Isle of Islay, you pass Carraig Mhòr Lighthouse in the Sound of Islay, I was hoping it would be a Stevenson Lighthouse to add to my collection, but it’s not. The light was established in 1928 and that’s all I can find out about it at the moment, but its one for the ‘Lighthouse Collection’ and as always, they are all set in spectacular scenery.
To continue on with our journey after visiting Tarbert, in 2016, we caught the ferry from Kennecraig to Port Askaig on the Isle of Islay off the west coast of Scotland. The weather was perfect and it felt like a mini cruise, especially as we had a fish & chip supper on board. We landed at Port Askaig and our hotel was a stones throw away from the terminal. We settled in at the hotel and after exploring Port Askaig, which didn’t take long, we visited the bar of the hotel. We had come to Islay and Jura, for the Whisky Festivals. So to get into the swing of it, we had a few drinks in the bar and got to met fellow Whiskey drinkers……they were quite of few……this is something that is taken very seriously, note books came out and drinks ticked off. The next day we caught the ferry to Jura, on the smaller blue ferry you can see in the photos. We were now on our way to Jura’s Whisky Festival and to explore this wild and rugged island…….more to follow.
This is another ‘Islay Cottage’ but this time, a sweet little Victorian one. We passed Fairy Hill Cottage in Kildalton, Islay, which is at the end of the Whisky trail, after passing the distilleries of Laphroaig, Lagavulin and finally Ardbeg, all of which we did visit. The little cottage is at the foot of Fairy Hill, which is in the heart of a designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. You pass through the bluebell wood before you reach the cottage, which makes it a little bit more magical, but I only managed to get a little of the hill. I think the Fairy Hill is called Cnoc Rhaonastil, and was long known to be the place of the faerie-folk and it’s thought that the Queen of Faerie herself lived here.
Today, the weather was glorious here in the Fens, which means one thing, gardening. We have an acre of garden, which is a lot for a garden in the UK…..and that means lots of work at this time of year. I would rather be out exploring, but I have more than enough photos to keep me going. We are off to Scotland in a months time for our May holiday, so I think I had better try and finish posting last years holiday on the west coast of Scotland, plus our holiday on the Scottish Islands of Islay and Jura. So to start the ball rolling…….. an abandoned cottage on the Isle of Islay, from our May 2016 holiday.
We spent eight hours on a train today, we travelled from Peterborough in Cambridgeshire to Edinburgh in Scotland, four hours there and four hours back….. six hours in Edinburgh. A special offer on the trains, was to good to miss, so we choose to go to Edinburgh. Normally we only visit in passing, mostly just a couple of hours, so this quite a treat. We did lots of exploring, but I haven’t download todays photos yet, so here are a few cloud photos from our trip to Islay & Jura, Scotland, last year 2016. First two photos are Islay and the last two are views of Jura.
In between looking at distilleries on the Isle of Islay, Scotland, May 2016, I did manage to visit a few interesting sites and a visit to Finlaggan was a must. Finlaggan is a historic site on Eilean Mòr in Loch Finlaggan, this was home to the Lords of the Isles. A small island that you walk across a wooden causeway, to explore the ruins and some fine tomb slabs. But that post is for later, when we were there, we visited the Finlaggan Visitor Centre, which is full of interesting items. I had just taken a couple of photos and then suddenly, I saw a very large sign….No Photos Allow…oh well, I did stop, but I hate waste, so I will use the couple that I took….. The information board will tell you about the cross, I think they were very lucky to find it, but it would have been amazing to see it in situ, maybe they should make a copy, but I suppose that would cost too much money.