Storm clouds over Islay, Scotland

This morning we embarked on our pre-arranged trip from Glasgow to Islay, latter being an island off the west coast of Scotland. This journey coincided with predictions of an emerging strong storm named Abigail.

We duly departed Glasgow at 8.45 am and drove west with first stop at Luss on Loch Lomond. Here we encountered first snow of the season with summit of Ben Lomond covered.

Ben Lomond, Scotland

Next, we continued through Tarbet and Arrochar then tracked Loch Long to Rest and be Thankful. As we continued into Argyll we encountered some good scenery with snow topped hills.

Argyll Scenery, Scotland

Inveraray, Scotland

On arrival at Inveraray  on Loch Fyne we stopped for refreshments before moving on to Kennacraig to connect with the ferry to Port Askaig on Islay. Despite the weather disruptions the ferry actually departed 30 minutes early, which was a relief. During the 2 hour journey we encountered white caps but the voyage was otherwise uneventful.

Kennacraig Ferry Terminal, Scotland

Cal Mac ferry on way to Kennacraig

On arrival at Port Askaig we drove south to our destination of Port Ellen which proved interesting in context of the blustery weather. On the way we encountered a few rainbows, scenic island views, a flock of sheep being moved and peat cuttings.

Port Askaig, Islay, Scotland

Peat Cuttings, Islay, Scotland

Islay Landscape, Scotland

Flock of Black Faced Sheep, Islay

Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland

On arrival at Port Ellen we duly checked into our hotel, in course of fierce hail storm, only to find the hotel, in common with rest of the island. was experiencing a power cut which lasted late into the evening. Consequently we had to dine by candlelight.

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