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Port Charlotte, The Jewel Of Islay

Picture of a coastal village in the summer morning sunshine

As hinted on Saturday I'm currently working on a page about A Morning in Port Charlotte for my Scotland Summer 2006 travelogue. This is also an excellent opportunity for my loose series linking to old pictures from Islay and Jura. Many consider Port Charlotte to be the prettiest village on Islay, I'm certainly among them.

Part of the appeal is probably that it hasn't changed too much over the years. I'm not sure what exactly the term means, but I believe Port Charlotte has the status of a ‘conservation village’. It's not exactly the same angle, but take a look at this picture of Port Charlotte, Rinns of Islay on Am Baile from 1902 and compare it to the picture above, taken in August 2006. Looks strikingly similar, doesn't it?

I just love the whitewashed house so close to the shore, especially on a sunny clear day. The blue of the sea and the sky, the silhouette of The Oa in the distance, just beautiful. Or the view over the Port Charlotte Lighthouse to the Paps of Jura, there's a reason I've chosen it for the banner of the blog...

Earlier entries in this loose series:

  1. 13/Feb/2007: Sanctuary Crosses Near Kilchoman, Islay
  2. 15/Feb/2007: Keils, a Crofting Village on Jura



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