Today was a very mixed day, it started off very cloudy and towards the afternoon the sun came out. This kind of day brings in the midges, tiny little creatures that swarm and bite without being seen. They are worse than sand flies and very annoying.
First part of the day we headed seven miles along the coastal road from Port Charlotte to Portnahaven which is a pretty little fishing village at the southern tip of the Rhinns of Islay. The whitewashed cottages wrap around the bay where we saw seals lounging on the rocks. Out from here is the island of Orsay which houses the Rhinns of Islay Lighthouse, built by Robert Louis Stevenson’s father in 1825.
Our next port of call was the Islay Ales Brewery where we tasted and bought 2 bottles of the special Islay Festival beer, which was matured in whisky casks for the occasion, a stout and a bottle of ginger cider. We put them on the fridge to chill for consumption later tonight.
We then returned to the carpark where we parked on Monday for the Caol Ila Open Day, had the traditional complementary dram and caught a shuttle bus to Bunnahabhain Distillery Open Day. The distillery is at the end of a 4-mile one lane track with passing bays and limited parking which is why they provided a shuttle service. The distillery has beautiful views over Bunnahabhain Bay and is situated very close to the Corryvreckan Whirlpool area. Once again there were people everywhere, food stalls this time were selling pizzas, burgers and lamb wraps, music by a guy playing his acoustic guitar and the tastings on offer were a variety of whiskies and 1 cocktail. We added to our collection again with another purchase of one bottle of 12-year-old!
Tonight, we sailed from Port Askaig to Kennacraig on the mainland to continue on with our Scotland adventure with 4 bottles of whisky and great memories of the Isle of Islay.