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Didòmhnaich, 24/Apr/2011

Back from Islay Walking Week 2011

Islay Events written in stencil

My numbers for this week: 7 walks, 5 islands (in order of appearance: Islay, Texa, Colonsay, Oronsay, Jura), 2 tick bites, 1 sunburn (well developed through the week), 1 otter, several hundred (probably over a thousand) pictures, 1 corncrake (heard, not seen. On the last morning), 2 Golden Eagles (unfortunately both only in the distance) and most importantly a lot of fun and a lot of great people. Some highlights in pictures:

Picture of Lagavulin distillery on Islay seen from a speeding motorboat

The visit of Texa was special, the crossing was worth it alone already. Very much enjoyed the crossing in Gus' of StormCats fame boat. It was rather hazy for most of the time, but there were still a few nice views during our walk in the north of Islay, like the shortened Rhuvaal lighthouse in the heat:

Picture of the top of a lighthouse appearing behind a hill

On Jura we had great views of the Paps of Jura from just below them, this is Beinn an Oir with Allt an t-Sluic Bhrodaich:

Picture of Beinn an Oir on Jura

Walking around Ardnave Point is always nice, it's even better with a group of old and new friends:

Picture of a group of walkers on a beach with seaweed

Over the coming weeks I will post more pictures on the Islay Pictures photoblog, at some point I also hope to catch up with the WalkIslay travelogues. For pictures taken during the week with my phone and some short reports from the walks try all entries tagged ‘walkislay2011’ on my Isle of Islay posterous account. There are a few pictures on various Facebook accounts, but I'm not sure if they are public. Becky has posted a set Walk Islay 2011 on Flickr. If you have uploaded any Walk Islay 2011 pictures somewhere or are aware of more please leave the link(s) in the comments.

A huge thanks again to everyone for making the walking week such a great event: The organisers, the walk leaders, the welcoming hosts and land owners, the cooks and chefs, the drivers and boat crews, the many silent helpers and of course the walkers coming from all over the world. I hope to see many of you again next year!

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