We made it home today after our perfect Islay Holiday. It was quite a shock to trade in the peaceful island life we became so easily used to, against the hustle and bustle of our wee hometown. If you have seen the movie "Local Hero", you know exactly what I mean. And on top of all that, we actually have rain today over here, something we hardly experienced on Islay. The island presented itself to us with endless days of sunshine, stunning sunsets and only one day of rain in three weeks. We are already missing the island and its people so much and we are glad to have met so many lovely people. It was good to see our "old friends", also made new ones and had a "blether" with so many others. Apologies to those we haven't met but that has got everything to do with the great weather we had.
All that remains now is a busload of wonderful memories, almost 2,000 pictures to sort, enough material for the website and blog and some healing midgie bites. Manuela already calles me the "midgie magnet". The highlights of our trip were the bushcraft/birding tour with Jeremy and Kenny, a trip with Arra's racing bath-tub through the Sound of Islay, the after sunset photo session with Mark and Helga at Saligo Bay, the Bluebells at Bridgend, numerous coffees at Debbies, sunset and seals at Port Wemyss and Portnahaven, a stunning sunset at Loch Gorm after the only rainy day, sea trout fishing at Loch Gruinart with Teresa and meeting up with so many friendly Ileach. I shall write more about our trip in the coming days and weeks and post a lot of new pictures too.
We already look forward to our next trip which will be somewhere in Autumn/Winter this year. Below are the first of many pictures I have taken....
Sunset after a rainy Sunday
Bluebells at the Bridgend Woods
After sunset at Saligo Bay with Mark
Beautiful sunset at Portnahaven
Racing the Sound of Islay with Arra
Between Bholsa and Gortantaoid with Jeremy and Kenny
Sea mist in the Sound of Islay seen from Jura on a warm day