Whenever possible I try to find an excuse to drive the Glen Road to Bridgend, Bowmore and specially to Port Ellen in stead of the main road. The Glen Road starts at Ballygrant and ends near the Abattoir on the High Road. I love to drive the Glen Road, not to save some time, but because it's so quiet and lonely and there are ever changing views and light conditions on the hills and the glen. And besides that there is a lot to see, and hear. In the autumn rutting Red Deer can be heard and seen directly from the road if you are lucky, there are beautiful orchids flowering in the wetter and lower parts in spring, you can find geese in the fields near Cluanach, there are many farm animals and pigs, there is lots of wildlife too, you get some stunning views when it's clear, abandonded houses can be seen below the hills in the west and there is an ancient hill fort called Dun Nosebridge (first picture taken from the fort looking north). Most of the lands in this part of Islay, east of the Glen Road and a small part west of it, belongs to Dunlossit Estate, which can be seen by the various (farm)buildings which all have red gutters and down pipes. Speaking of which, the Estate Office of Dunlossit is located on the Glen Road as well as two standing stones, both at Knocklearoch farm.
To give you an idea of the beautiful views from the Glen Road I took many pictures in the autumn this year and created four new panorama images. The images below show only a small section of the panorama. They can be clicked on to open the full panorama view. Please enjoy!