Memories of Islay……

Islay

Kintra on the Isle of Islay, Scotland

Whilst digging through some old transparencies for some family shots I came across this Fujichrome transparency from July 1992….seems a lifetime ago.  So here is a quick scan.

It certainly brought back memories of this gem of a Scottish Island.  We had been there for just over a week and taken the car and caravan over on the ferry and found this idyllic base for exploring the island…you can make out the car and caravan just in front of the deserted croft on the left.

The weather was fantastic, hot, sunny and no midges of any consequence to spoil evening walks. For a small island Islay has much to see, great scenery, ancient monuments and wildlife and wild flowers in abundance, oh! and a few Whiskey Distilleries.

But for us the overriding memory was the last evening and night, we were to catch the dawn ferry back to the mainland. The shot above was the final shot of the day and the sky was changing.  Those white caps on the waves soon became mountainous North Atlantic seas and a wind grew quickly into a  Hebridean gale….so windy that in the middle of the night we had to move the caravan behind the old croft for shelter.  It was quite an experience not to be forgotten…. but did it take away any of the charm of the holiday….not one little bit!

The seas calmed a little and the ferry did sail next morning and with a still ferocious tail wind made it back to the mainland in record time.

3rd May

(C) David Oakes 2016

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2 thoughts on “Memories of Islay……

  1. Wow! NO midges??? In Scotland? Near water? No midges? You were so lucky! 😀
    It’s another beautiful shot of a beautiful place, David. Haven’t you ever thought of having calendars made from them and sell them? I will bet many people would love a memory of where they were and cherish it. Your photos are proper professional ones as far as I can tell.

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