Caol Ila & Finlaggan

Well contrary to the ‘voice of doom’ (Bob) prophesying the arrival of the next frontal system, yesterday was a beautiful day!

After commitments yesterday morning (dry stone walling course – more about that later…), I ventured out on a short explore in the direction of Port Askaig, the northern of the two ports where the CalMac ferries arrive.

First stop was Caol Ila – pronounced Cul Eela, I’m reliably informed – a very picturesque distillery in its own bay in the Sound of Islay, opposite the Paps of Jura…

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The building with the tall glass windows houses the stills. What a place to work!

Then I went to Finlaggan – an island on a loch and ancient seat of the ‘Lords of the Isles’, who ruled the Western Isles, a big chunk of mainland Scotland and, at various times, the Isle of Man and parts of Ireland as well between the 13th and 15th centuries. Very interesting place and well worth a visit. The lady in the visitor centre was very helpful and informative and the cost to get in was a most reasonable £4, which goes to the trust who maintain the site. Access to the island is by way of a wooden causeway constructed by the army about ten years ago.

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Primroses growing under the causeway…

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Bit windy for butterflies…

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…and today is also still a beautiful day, so I’m off to do some more exploring! Catch you later…  :0)

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