Friday, June 05, 2015

A taste of the Sound of Islay.

An Cladach in SE Islay is an exceptional bothy,

 ...and we soon made ourselves at home. Some other bothies do not have libraries as they are too easy to get to and some visitors think that books are fire lighters.

 The food preparation area had been left very clean.

 The notice board had information about the history of the bothy.

 There was even a bag of dry fire wood by the fire.

We soon had our evening meal on and consumed it with relish before...

...taking some air outside the bothy.

 We were joined by not one but three otters!

This one suddenly surfaced close inshore and climbed on a rock  to look at us. He took me by surprise so this shot is blurred.

Unfortunately the noise of the shutter sent it back under the water.

 We took a stroll in the sunset to gather some firewood.

 We sat for ages on a rock just watching the tide running in the Sound of Islay.

At 20:50 the MV Hebridean Isles motored down the Sound.

She was on the Saturday service which left Oban at 16:30, stopped at Colonsay, Port Askaig on Islay and was now on her way to Kennacraig on Kintyre, where she would arrive at 22:50. We left the Sound of Islay  to the gathering darkness and the fading rumble of the Hebridean Isles engines.

It was time to get the fire on, get the baked potatoes cooking and pour a dram of Caol Ila. What does Caol Ila mean? It means the Sound of Islay  ...what else?!


  1. Perfect evening in a stunning spot Douglas.... :o)

  2. Heard a lot about that bothy and almost walked into it twice but opted for other things. Next time hopefully as it looks fantastic. The beauty of having kayaks in Scotland.

  3. Thanks all.

    Bob a kayak is a great way to get to An Cladach. A friend walked in over the bogs and hills and despite the short distance found it incredibly tough. He decided to walk back by the coast which was even worse! :o)

  4. Stayed there on our wee Islay jaunt last year, it provided a very welcome break from the relentless head wind we had. Glad to see someone has removed the socks my husband left behind by mistake! :)

    1. Hi Sarah, a great place but no sign of socks! :o)