We have arrived home from a magnificent Islay week which brought us beautiful sunny spells, magnificent light conditions, heavy showers, rainbows and many many geese. This was the first time for us to witness the geese on Islay and it was a stunning spectacle of nature. It felt like being part of a nature documentary, specially to observe them when they come to roost at Loch Indaal or Loch Gruinart. It won't come as a surprise when I say that I took almost two thousand pictures in this week and hundreds from the geese alone. It's just breathtaking to see them all arriving at Loch Indaal by their thousands with one of Islay's famous sunsets as a backdrop.
We didn't come to Islay only to watch the geese, we also managed to visit friends, toured over the island, made beautiful walks, relaxed, enjoyed great coffee at Debbies, visited the Isle of Jura, watched the other wildlife, chased rainbows, enjoyed the light before and after the showers, saw a group of 25 Whooper Swans in the evening sunlight, bored Arra Fletcher during his last days at the pottery and found out that one week just ain't enough. There are so many things we didn't do, we didn't even visit any of the distilleries, but as they say, there is always a next time! Other highlight of the week was the rut of the red deer. Imagine waking up in the morning and hearing the stags outside your bedroom window! The autumn colours were absolutely beautiful and the best I have seen so far. Another great week to remember, it was a very colourful one, as you can see from some of the pictures below:
Sunset and Geese at Loch Indaal