And It's Goodbye To Care

Islay, not a place, but a state of mind

Friday afternoon sailing for Islay.

Port Askaig

A short drive to the Old Police House, Port Charlotte, and Sharon's first drink of the day.

Megan planning activities for us all.

Accommodation meets with approval

The bright lights of Bowmore

First visit to a graveyard

On the Saturday we had a cycle down to Portnahaven - seven miles.

Warm work

Made it.

And the pub was open.

Seeing the sights.  Then we headed back, girls took the easy option when rain threatened.

On Sunday we headed out on a cliff top walk from the Oa to Port Ellen with my Dad.  Described as " Moderate/Challenging & Strenuous in places" which I think was right.  We set off from Kinnabus Farm, and headed up the highest summit on the Oa (Beinn Mhor at 202m).  Then along the cliff tops, the highest on Islay, back towards Port Ellen.

Time for the group to regather, so I popped up a wee hill for a view.

Taking in the view.

Top of the world!

YES,...  no more uphill!

So next is the cliffs - not my favourite bit!
Megans

An ancient chapel.  Must have been a lonely place.
Then off the to pub, and back to Port Charlotte to find Rionna and Kieran..  And more adventures...

Finlaggan - the seat of the Lords of the Isles.  History.

And art!

I took everyone out for lunch - Bowmore pier with Co-op sandwiches.

With the day still going strong we headed out to Islay House Square, and walled gardens.

Some serious posing went on!

What!

Lovely bluebells

Added person

Added people

Added more people!

And back at the ranch.
Easter Egg Hunt

Who's the daddy?

And then dinner, and it was very good.  Good job Megan and Shauna.

Morning, over Loch Indall

The ideal breakfast spot.

A wee wander from Kilchiaran to Kilchoman

Machir Bay

Added in some extra hills to make it more interesting

The great outdoors.

Square go's on the beach!

No, just posing as usual!

Time to hit the graveyards.

Next stop - the distillery.

I had a nice cycle home.

Then relax with the gas tanks, a little sun trap at the back.

And then another quality meal - good job Kieran and Rionna.

Wednesday - more graveyards.  Kildalton.

Quick stop to admire the seals.

Then Ardbeg for lunch, except it was shut!

This one was open, but we had to pay for our drams

Final distillery for the day.

And only one freebie here - distillery visits are just not the same these days

And finally lunch - not quite what we had planned but.....

And the final competition tea - well done Sharon.

Thursday - time for a fiddle.  Guess it wasn't working too well at this point!

Not a bad view though

We didn't actually visit this graveyard, just the Museum of Islay Life.

Down the pier

And the ninth distillery currently working on Islay - no freebies!

And our sixth distillery was open.  Nice pic of Megan's.

What a cracking view

After our dinner out on Thursday night the children had a play.

Megan is tempted in

Rionna and Sharon join in

Everybody loves a playpark.

As close to a sunset as we got.

And home for coffee and biccys

Final distillery as we headed for home - they gave out freebies and I was driving!

On the way to the ferry we managed one more graveyard (third time we were in this one!).
And that was our trip to Islay.  Good crack.

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