The ever changing skies of Islay

Islay…where does a girl start…possibly somewhere between a whisky tour (it has to be Bruichladdich given my love of their astounding gin – The Botanist!) and a pint of prawns & scones down by the harbour in my favourite village of Portnahaven!

So last week was my 2nd ever visit to this little piece of heaven and as I scrolled through the photographs on my return I am still caught off guard and truly astounded by the beauty of this place.  Those of you who know me know that I love to travel and I have been to a fair few far flung places so far.  But in recent years I am finding myself seduced by some of the fabulous nooks and crannies of Scotland and spanning into Europe.  But there is something really special about Islay and I am not sure what that is.  I seem to meet kindred spirits, experience outstanding skies and find myself refreshed even when I feel quite exhausted on arrival.

So allow me to share the ever changing skies of Islay with you…2013-09-16_0502013-09-16_0322013-09-16_0332013-09-16_034Some of you may remember an image I created during my first visit to Islay in July 2011 called “Beauty in your Brokenness”  It was of an old, tired but quite majestic boat which I stumbled across down at the boathouse in Portnahaven.  It totally captivated me and when I got home I decided to create a vivid digital art piece which I have added at the bottom of this blog for you to see.  Well span 2.5 years and I was desperate to see if it was still there.  And it was.  She’s not in quite the same shape but without further ado, here is that old boat that I am so drawn to.  I am heading back to Islay in a couple of weeks and I am planning to head on down to the boatyard and see if anyone is there to tell me a little about this beauty’s history.

I am suitably curious :)  I’ll be sure to let you know if I find out any more about her!2013-09-16_0482013-09-16_0532013-09-16_0542013-09-16_0522013-09-16_0432013-09-16_0442013-09-16_0372013-09-16_0382013-09-16_0452013-09-16_0462013-09-16_0492013-09-16_0392013-09-16_0412013-09-16_0422013-09-16_047So there she is…can you see the attraction?  I love this place in a very simple way.  The light, the clouds, the beauty, the calmness and peace, the constant views of water and wilderness.  It’s soul food – I swear!  Somedays you just realise how many things there are to be thankful for.  Somehow Islay helps me do that!

And here’s ‘Beauty in your Brokenness’ for your pleasure.  I think you can expect to see something of a series developing from this beauty…


As always, my heartfelt thanks for stopping by, Jacqui x


12 thoughts on “The ever changing skies of Islay

  1. Another splendid collection, of a beautiful island.
    ‘Beauty’, is a touch more weather beaten now, but still beautiful in her brokenness.

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  3. Lovely, lovely photos! And yes, the skies ARE ever-changing on Islay. I found that true to be all across Scotland, actually. I really want to go back with just us (as opposed to a tour) so that we can spend more time off the beaten path and see some of the gorgeous places you have posted above. We were even talking the other night about where on the island we’d stay so as to see beyond Bowmore (although I do love The Bowmore House so much).

    • Hi Becky, I know what you mean. Yours are great but once you get a feel for a place it’s great to go it alone and then you can explore off the beaten track. I hope you both get a chance to return and I might well check out the Bowmore myself however I do absolutely love Port Charlotte as my base. Thanks for checking out my blog and commenting. Jacqui

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