Islay Travelogue 2004

Saturday 22nd of May
It was our honeymoon and we left The Gardeners cottage at the Belladrum estate, near Beauly and the place were we got married, on Saturday the 22nd of May 2004. The weather was fabulous, skies deep blue and we were excited to leave for Islay. We didn’t know what to expect and we couldn’t wait to finally arrive in Kennacraig where we arrived at 5 pm. We collected the tickets for the ferry and left at 6 pm for Port Ellen. The trip was magic, the sky still blue and it felt warm, even on the open sea. After passing Gigha we had our first look at the Paps of Jura, till that moment only known from the pictures but much better looking in reality. We couldn’t take our eyes off the sea and we were very lucky to spot a Minky Whale halfway Islay.

We enjoyed the trip, the views and the weather and spotted the first distilleries on Islay before passing Texa. Just after Texa the ferry turns starboard (right) en we entered the bay with views to the Port Ellen lighthouse and Port Ellen Maltings.... Read more here