We left early this morning as we needed to get to Bowmore early to find a park near Bowmore Distillery as it was their Open Day. We walked and lined up with hundreds of others outside the distillery and waited for it to open, the first 1000 people through received a gift. As we passed through we each received a blue backpack string bag with Bowmore Distillery printed on it. Inside was a pen and a whisky glass and holder and two complimentary tickets for drams of whisky, another bonus for visiting.
Inside there was a stage area for the bands, a marquee with table and chairs, a burger barbecue stall and a pizza oven stall. Under the marquee is where you traded in you tickets for tastings of a variety of whiskies and you could also purchase oysters in 12-year-old whisky. At the edge of the marquee was a table which served whisky cocktails. Ian tasted 2 of whiskies and I had a vanilla, ginger beer cocktail, which was delicious! I spoke to the bartender about its contents and he gave me the recipe, another bonus! (Check out the photo on the blog for the recipe just in case you would like to make it). This distillery also has a beautiful outlook overlooking Loch Indaal on the north part of Islay and the weather today is perfect!
The Georgian village of Bowmore, the capital of Islay, is very pretty and has a very distinctive shaped church named The Round Church which was built in circular form to ensure that the devil had no corners to hide in an interesting theory!
At two o’clock Ian went to his whisky tasting class which consisted of 4 whiskies of differing ages and styles and was run by Dan, an Aussie who runs a whisky bar in Byron Bay. It was really informative. We now have more whisky in the motorhome to be consumed.
Tonight we returned to Port Askaig and wild camped in the ferry carpark across the road from the Port Askaig Hotel ready for our trip to Jura tomorrow on the passenger ferry which leaves from here. We went to the pub for live music at 9:30pm. The musicians had been tied up at another gig and didn’t arrive until 10:15pm but played continuously until 3am. They played traditional Celtic music and were fantastic. Another great night!