Thursday, June 07, 2012

Finlaggan and Islay

As O'Docker correctly spotted the previous days post was of the CalMac ferry on the way to Islay with the Paps of Jura in the background .

One of the top clues was the name of the ship, namely Finlaggan.

Finlaggan, the ruins of which can be seen in the photo above, is at the centre of Islay and was once the seat of the Lord of the Isles who ruled the Scottish isles from Islay to Skye. They controlled the sea lanes with Viking style galleys for around four hundred years from 1098.

The house we were staying in was nearby and often we'd walk down there in the evening, our heads enveloped by a cloud of midges.

During the day we'd go to the beach, for unlike the washout in London, we were lucky with the weather:
A wonderful island.


Turinas said...

And not a speck of bunting for miles

JP said...

Nope, the Scots really weren't into the Jubilee thing

kat said...

This post makes me want to jump on a plane and fly over, right away. The beach shot looks a lot like the South East coast of Oz...what a gorgeous beach!

JP said...

Sounds like a plan: clone #1 can take your place for a bit.