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Picture of a mountain behind a freshwater loch, Ben Lomond at Loch Lomond Finally I was on the way to Islay again, the first journey in 2008 and the first with my new car. As usual I had driven up the M5 and M6 the previous evening and stayed in Carlisle over night. Now I only had to cross the border (after finishing some grocery shopping) and drive over to Kennacraig.

I had left it a bit late and getting stuck in traffic on the way didn't help, so I didn't have much time when I arrived at Loch Lomond. Just a quick rest stop with a view of Ben Lomond, looked like still a bit of snow at the summit.

Soon I was on my way again, only stopping in Inveraray at the temporary traffic lights for a quick picture. The journey continued and finally West Loch Tarbert came into view. Almost there.
Picture of a view of coastal village from a temporary traffic light Picture of road leading out towards a sea loch in the distance
Picture of a panoramic view down a sea loch
Picture of the sun breaking through clouds above the sea Arriving at Kennacraig and waiting for the ferry the weather didn't look too promising: Grey, overcast, dull and rain coming in from the west. Hopefully not an omen for the walking week!

Soon the ferry arrived and boarding was completed, I was on the final stretch on my way to Islay. After the dull start to the ferry crossing the weather improved, the sun started to break through the clouds and the clouds over Islay started to lift. We arrived in Port Askaig just in time for the sunset, which provided some nice light while the ferry landed.

A quick drive over to The Meadows Guesthouse and after some quick blogging about my arrival I went to bed. Well, after a quick listen to the geese out in the fields around the house.
Picture of the sun breaking through over an island Picture of a small harbour with a ferry terminal, seen from the ferry
Picture of a guesthouse with a red Mini Clubman parked outside The next morning started quite promising: While it was quite cold it was mostly bright and the rising sun provided some great light. For my morning run I ran along the road to Mulindry, enjoying the fresh air and watching various birds in the fields.

After a quick shower I enjoyed a great homecooked breakfast, storing up energy for the long walk to come. I filled up my water bottle, packed my bags and after taking a few pictures of the house and the views left for Lossit Lodge.

Time for the first walk of the 2008 Islay Walking Week.
Picture of a panoramic view over a wide landscape, a sea loch on the distance
If you are interested in more information about Islay, Colonsay and Jura you might also be interested in my Isle of Islay pages. There you will find many more pictures and further information about Islay, Jura and Colonsay.

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