One of the many pleasures of living by the sea is the presence of lighthouses. Already as a wee boy I was fascinated by the lighthouse in a nearby coastal village and the admiration for these guides in the night has remained my entire life. Little did I know back then that I would be living next to a lighthouse on Islay later on in life. During our time in Portnahaven the lighthouse was a comforting companion during the dark and windy nights when its light flashed every few seconds and lit the dark bedroom. With only 13 metres the Loch Indaal lighthouse near Port Charlotte is a great deal smaller than the Rhinns Lighthouse on Orsay island but it still is a respectable lighthouse, Its light however does not reach our bedroom. Loch Indaal lighthouse was built by the Stevenson brothers just as a few other lighthouses on Islay and it flashes every 7 seconds, white or red, depending on the direction. The Loch Indaal lighthouse is an automated light and serviced by the Northern Lighthouse Board. This lighthouse, same as many others, is pure white and set against the sometimes dark blue skies it’s a great building to […]
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!