Kilnave Cross

On the left hand side of Loch Griunart, is the ruined chapel at Kilnave, which has another beautiful Celtic cross. I loved the contrast in texture between the chapel and the cross.

Sharp edges here…
…softness of the weathered cross…
…which is amazingly thin.

Port Charlotte & back

We had an amble down to Port Charlotte and back…

…we saw lots of sheep…
…this rather nice lighthouse…
…this bluestone grave stone…
…and the memorial to a Sunderland crew who died during WW2.
And ALPACAs! Not what I expected.

Bowmore

The ‘metropolis’ of Bowmore is a bonny town. The tale is that the church is round ‘so there’s nowhere for the devil to hide’.

Not a great deal of space for visiting yachts here.
Obligatory distillery photo.
I assume that this boat rushes you to the airport.
Not sure why this pair of shoes was at the top of the stairs leading to what seemed to be an uninhabited building.

Machrie Golf Links

As a self confessed GHH (golf hating harridan), you might think that I’d avoid the Machrie, for all it’s an iconic links course. However, my Pa and I popped in to pick up a little something for Adam.
We were most intrigued by this little stone circle on the putting green? Dad suggested it might be the tomb of the unknown golfer.

Kildalton Cross

Aided by by Hamish Haswell-Smith’s excellent book on the Scottish islands, we decided to make our way to see the Kildalton Cross. On the way we spotted this yacht, which had found a nice little anchorage.

The bluestone cross dates from the 8th century, and it beautifully detailed.
It’s thought that the artist is from Iona, as it looks like it’s by the same hand as three crosses found there.
The metalwork like (OK that’s not good English) bosses are fabulous…
…but I was most taken with this Mother and child, quite lovely.

Gigging – Port Ellen style

On our first evening in Port Ellen we heard a rhymthic clunking noise. I went up on deck to see this four person gig coming in. This was a ladies’ crew…

…the next day the mens’ team was out.
I was amused to see that the boats were called ‘Isis I’ and ‘Isis II’. Interestingly, although at first glance they look like traditional clinker built boats, they’re made from moulded plastic.

Port Ellen

We motored over to Port Ellen on Islay in very overcast conditions.

However it brightened up a bit later…
…which meant we could see where we were more moored, and have a wander round town.

I loved this garden – clearly the owner has a great sense of humour.

Islay v the Mainland…all of it?
We posted a few cards…
…and had a few drinks. One of the locals, Keith, bought us round after round of drinks. As it was his birthday, we really should have been buying for him, but he was faster at getting the barmaid’s attention!
Time to relax…
…and watch the sun go down…
…and maybe a bit of blogging!

Hello Sailor!

I arrived home from Islay last night, after a great few days with my Pa. Lots of pics to sort through, so it may take a while, especially as I still have some Turkey snaps to put up yet!