Highland Cow ( bull) on Islay, Scotland

This morning, I collected guests from Edinburgh at 7.45 am and then proceeded West via Glasgow, Loch Lomond and Inveraray to Kennacraig where we connected with the 1.00pm ferry crossing to Port Askaig on Islay, arriving at 3.00pm.

18th century planned town of Inveraray, Scotland

Islay Ferry at Kennacraig, Scotland

Port Askaig, Islay, Scotland

On arrival on Islay we drove a short distance to visit Finlaggan, an ancient site with evidence of human occupation stretching back 5000 years.

Finlaggan was probably occupied in the Iron Age and is named after St. Findlugan, an Irish missionary who was a contemporary of St. Columba in the 6th century.

In the medieval period ( 12th to 16th centuries) Finlaggan was the power centre of the Lords of the Isles (MacDonalds) who ruled the Atlantic seaboard from Kintyre to the Isle of Lewis.

After concluding our visit to Finlaggan we drove south to our lodgings at Port Ellen, passing en-route peat cuttings and an impressive Highland Cow (bull).

Finlaggan ruins

Prehistoric Standing Stone at Finlaggan

Peat Cutting on Islay, Scotland

Tomorrow, we commence our tour of Islay’s whisky distilleries.

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