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Islay – arrival

Unprecedented for a “two go on an adventure” trip, it is not sunny. Soon after the ferry left kennacraig the rain started, and now an hour after landing in port askaig, its still coming down. The weather definitely made our planned long trek to an claddach this evening much less appealing, more so when we clocked a cosy bar/hotel at the harbour. I was feeling shy but, buoyed by our previous experiences on islands, we went in and asked if there was anywhere close by they could recommend to pitch a tent. Immediate friendly response from first son, then mother (who runs hotel) was to check if someone was already there, and then invite us to pitch on the grass next to their little concrete slipway in front of their house, behind the hotel!

And so what seemed initially like a bad beginning to our adventure turned into a heart-warming reminder of how lovely folks are away from “civilisation”. After pitching our tents we went into the general shop as I needed to get some waterproof tape to fix a rip in my backpack. It was a shop that sold one of absolutely everything. Another customer bought cat food and party balloons. And we were offered a camping spot – we explained we were fine and turns out he’s the husband of the hotelier.
And thus the first 3 Islay folk we met all went above and beyond, volunteering information in order to ensure 2 strangers had somewhere to sleep, even when we already did!
Categories: politics
  1. LoraineClive Jones
    June 16, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Have a great time. X

    • June 16, 2019 at 9:07 am

      Thanks :) Hope you’re having lovely summer too x

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