Saturday 7th of May 2005
After a wonderful night, and even better breakfast in Rhu House, a Bed and Breakfast in Tarbert Kintyre, we leave around 11 am to Kennacraig. A 5 minute drive to the Calmac terminal where the ferry for Port Askaig leaves at 12. We have genuine Scottish weather, lots of wind, showers, sunshine, the lot. We don’t spend much time on deck during our trip and read a book and watch the waves getting taller and taller. When we enter the Sound of Islay the wind and sea calms down and give us an opportunity to go on deck and watch Port Askaig closing in. We arrive at 3 pm and head for our cottage in Carnduncan near Loch Gorm. We arrive at 4 pm and are welcomed by Sheila at the Byre Cottage, a wonderfully decorated cottage, 4 stars from the Scottish Tourist Board, and a great place to spend our week on Islay. Sheila prepared home baked bread and cake and we enjoy it very much together with a cup of tea.
After we had dinner we decided to make a trip around Loch Gorm and had a little walk at our favourite beach on Machir Bay. Later on we had a look at the Kilchoman church, now in ruins and no longer accessible but home to a wonderfully well preserved high cross, similar as the one at Kildalton but not as detailed.