Islay, 15th-19th April 2015

We had a short trip to the Isle of Islay, camping at Port Mor

Cal Mac Ferry Kennacraig to Port Askaig
Heading out on the Cal Mac Ferry from Kennacraig to Port Askaig, 15th April 2015

Seal
Eider
Caolas nan Gall Tide Race
There was a fearsome tide race pouring through between the South West of Islay and the small isle of Orsay on 16th April - in from the South, and cascading out through the Caolas nan Gall. Tens of seals were playing in it, singing as they surfed the current; a pair of Eider enjoyed the spectacle with us

Hare
Hares
Further round the coast, the hares were still full of Spring energy, chasing each other through the grass

Lossit Bay
Lossit Bay
Lossit Bay
Lossit Bay

Colourful Gneiss, Lossit Bay
Some particularly colourful banded gneiss on Lossit Bay

Dead puffin
puffed out :-(

Beinn a'Chaolais
Jen had missed out on Beinn a'Chaolais on our previous visit to Islay and Jura (not long after Freya was born), so she set off up it the next day while I went to Traigh Mhachir with the girls

Traigh Mhachir Sunk Boat
Overdue boat maintenance work

Traigh Mhachir
Traigh Mhachir

Mermaid's purseMermaid's purse
Mermaid's purseLitter
The difference between litter left by dogfish, skate, and human

Traigh Fleisgein Bheag
Traigh Fleisgein Bheag, 18th April

Crenelations in schist
Crenelations in schist

Ravine
The soft schist has been carved into many spectacular forms by the waves and pebbles

Lambs
The weans and their mum

Pony trekking at Ballivicar Farm
Pony trekking at Ballivicar Farm

Traigh Bhan
Traigh Bhan

Belt of Venus over Ireland
The Belt of Venus (Earth's shadow, dusk approaching) over Ireland, from Port Mor by Port Charlotte

Drowned adder
A drowned adder on Saligo Bay, 19th April

Fossils in flint
Fossils in flint

Breakers
Breakers

Saligo Bay
Saligo Bay

Feolin Ferry
The Feolin-Port Askaig ferry struggling against the racing tide between Jura and Islay

Sound of Islay
Heading home across the Sound of Islay



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