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.
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.