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Diardaoin, 09/Jul/2015

Reporting back from an Islay holiday

Islay Fun in stencil

It's about time I get back to blogging here. I had planned to write something before I left for my summer visit to Islay three weeks ago, but for various reasons (busy in the day job, preparation etc) never got round to it. Anyway, I'm back now after two great weeks on Islay. Let me start with a rare picture of me on Islay, with thanks to Mark of Islay Studios:

Picture of Armin Grewe flying a DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter

This was at Finlaggan last Friday morning, you will also notice the DJI Phantom 3 flying in the background. I was lucky and during this visit was able to fly on four days in five different locations: Machir Bay, Saligo Bay, Port Ellen, Port Charlotte (catching up on parts of the village not covered in Port Charlotte, Islay, with a DJI Phantom Quadcopter) and of course Finlaggan.

Apart from the flying I managed to get in three nice walks (along the coast from Claddach to Lossit Bay, to Loch Drolsay in the hills behind Knockdon and from Laphroaig to Beinn Bhreac), enjoy some birdwatching birdwatching at Gruinart and elsewhere, spend some time on the beaches in Machir Bay and Saligo Bay, visit two distilleries (Laphroaig and Bruichladdich as usual) and meet a number of friends.

While I was there Prince Charles dropped in for a flying visit (to Islay, not to me) and shortly after I left Russian bazillionaire Roman Abramovich arrived in his yacht twice as long as the Islay ferry MV Hebridean Isles. But a lot of normal people also visited during that time, some of which I had a nice chat with in a variety of places.

The weather was mostly quite decent, although it was colder than I had expected for the time of year. During the rainy days I just relaxed in the cottage in front of the open fire, luckily that only happened twice. The cottage at Islay Cottages was an excellent base again, comfortable with everything I needed.

To close a short teaser video from one of the flights mentioned earlier:

YouTube: Approaching Port Charlotte, Islay, past the Loch Indaal lighthouse

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