Blog Post Oct 2nd. 2015

Today was characterised by continuing good weather albeit less sunny than yesterday.

We departed our lodgings in Bowmore and drove towards Port Askaig stopping at the Islay Woollen Mill, a traditional weaving business on a site dating back to the mid-19th century when the looms were powered by water from the local stream.

Video clip of weaving in process

We toured the Mill and weaving activities, made some purchases at the shop and then moved on to Port Ellen via a single track road which traversed extensive peat banks.

Islay Woollen Mill

Next, to Lagavulin Distillery which was not in production owing to the ‘silent season’. Guests joined the 10.30 Warehouse Demonstration which included five tastings of Lagavulin single malts.

Lagavulin Single Malt, Islay

Lagavulin Distillery, Islay

Next, we embarked on a six mile coastal drive along a narrow road to our destination of the High Cross of Kildalton. On the way we saw common seals basking on rocks and a heron.

High Cross of Kildalton, islay

The High Cross dates from the 8th century and is situated in the grounds of the ancient (and ruined) Old Parish Church of Kildalton. The cross is considered to be one of the finest early Christian crosses in Scotland. Despite weathering, carvings of religious and biblical scenes can be discerned.

KOld Parish Church of kildalton, Islay

Next, we returned along the same road to Ardbeg Distillery (close to Lagavulin).  At Ardbeg we availed of lunch following which guests joined the 2.00pm Deconstructing Tour which lasted over two hours.

Ardbeg Single Malts, Islay

Ardbeg Distillery, islay, Scotland

Upon concluding our visit to Ardbeg we drove to Port Elllen in readiness for the return ferry which departed at 6.00pm. We duly arrived at our overnight lodgings of Stonefield Castle near Tarbert, Loch Fyne.

Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland

Tomorrow, we travel to Glasgow to watch a Scottish Premier League soccer match.

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