Winter is often a great time for watching waves coming in from the Atlantic Ocean and there is probably no better place on Islay to do so than on the south-western tip of the island, at Port Wemyss and Portnahaven. The latter is particularly interesting around Claddach, the part between Portnahaven and the Currie Sands, close to where the Wavegen Power Station used to be. The Power Station is dismantled but it remains a fabulous place to watch sunsets, and most of all waves. Today was such a day, wall to wall sunshine and a rather turbulent sea at times. The waves sounded like thunder when they crashed on the rocks.
We are blessed with an exceptional spell of glorious weather. With blue skies and a light breeze we headed to Ardnave today to enjoy the stunning nature and relax on the many beaches and dunes. Over the course of the entire day we have seen pretty much every rock, dune and beach on Ardnave as we walked all over the place. We had our lunch on one of the high dunes at Ardnave Point, basking in sunshine, while Skylarks and the gentle sound of the waves provided the perfect musical background. BLISS! On days like this Islay is paradise and while the island is quite busy at the moment we have only seen four people during the entire walk. Nice sightings were a Peacock Butterfly, dozens of seals on Nave Island and a group of 10 Chough over the dunes.
After the long, wet and cold winter we really needed a warm and sunny day and fortunately Easter Sunday was just the day we were waiting for. It started off misty, especially in the central part of the island, but further west it was much brighter and sunnier. I always say it’s best in the west and in spring and early summer the west of Islay tends to be sunnier than the eastern part. Anyway, we left misty Port Charlotte and headed to Kilchoman beach which was bathing in sunshine. It felt like spring, almost summer, and we stayed there for hours to enjoy the warm sunshine, to listen to the waves and the birds, play in the sand (my daughter) and to take a great series of pictures. Please enjoy them, this is our Easter present for you!