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 […]
Today was an exceptional day on Islay, it was incredibly clear with lots of sunshine and very pleasant temperatures. A lovely spring day and the winter storms and gales have already been long forgotten, such is life I guess. Due to the clear conditions I took the 400mm tele lens out and shot some distant Islay views, both from the Sanaigmore Road and across the loch, that is from Bruichladdich and Port Charlotte looking over Loch Indaal towards the central part of Islay. With some more clouds in the afternoon the patches of dark and light were nicely spread over the hills and rocks which resulted in a nice atmosphere. The gallery below has pictures all shot at 400mm and all of them are taken today. If you look closely you can identify three Islay Distilleries – Kilchoman – Bowmore and Gartbreck.