Here is post from Nov 16th 2015 which was delayed due to technical reasons.

Conscious of last night’s heavy storm and gales we embarked on today’s trip with some trepidation in event the ferry crossing to Jura was cancelled.

We departed Port Ellen, Islay after breakfast and drove towards Bowmore stopping for a photo of the island’s Airport en-route.

Islay Airport, Scotland

On arrival at Bowmore we shopped and availed of photo opportunities in the ever-changing light conditions.

Main Street, Bowmore, Islay, Scotland

Bowmore Distillery, Islay, Scotland

Paps of Jura from Bowmore, Islay, Hebrides

Clouds over Bowmore, Islay, Scotland

Next, we drove through Bridgend and then turned left towards Port Charlotte in order to photograph a single prehistoric standing stone standing upright in a field near the sea. This stone has probably been in situ since first erected around 3000 BC-2000 BC.

Prehistoric Standing Stone near Bridgend, Islay

Next, we returned to Bridgend and then left to Port Askaig where we availed of some refreshments before connecting with the short ferry crossing to Jura.

Paps of Jura from Port Askaig, Islay

On arrival on Jura we followed the single track road down to the principal community of Craighouse and then through the village for a few miles before returning for lunch at the Jura Hotel from where we witnessed a vibrant rainbow.

Video clip of coastal drive from Feolin to Craighouse

Jura coastline near Feolin

Paps of Jura, Hebrides, Scotland

Waterfall, Jura, Scotland

Jura landscape

Craighouse, Jura, Scotland

Rainbow over Small Isles viewed from Craighouse, Jura

Next, we walked across the road to join the 2.00pm tour of Jura Distillery. Although having a lineage dating back to the early 19th century the current buildings date from the 1960s. Here, we were escorted around the production process from malting and mashing to fermentation, distillation and maturation culminating in  a tasting.

Jura single malt

Video clip of washbacks at Jura Distillery

Whisky stills at Jura Distillery, Scotland

Jura Distillery

Following the Distillery tour we returned to the ferry port to catch the 3.15 pm ferry back to Port Askaig and then returned across Islay to our base in Port Ellen.

Looking back on the day, we experienced, sunshine, showers, heavy rain and strong winds. In addition to the varied scenery we saw herons, swans, a huge flock of Canada Geese and ducks.

Tomorrow, we catch the early ferry back to Kennacraig and then on to Glasgow.

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