View from upper deck of Islay ferry MV Finlaggan

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Picture of a view from the upper deck of a modern ferry cruising on a cloudy dayA view from the upper deck of the new Islay ferry MV Finlaggan, taken on a cloudy crossing during her first year of service. Unfortunately the Finlaggan has one “problem” for me, which is very limited space outside. There is a small walk (without benches) below the bridge and the main outdoor areas are two small seating areas at the stern of the ship (one of which is taken up by the smokers). Apart from that you can walk a tiny bit on the starboard side (from where this picture was taken) and that’s it. Not a lot if you like to be outside if the weather permits it in any way.

Paps of Jura from Beinn Bheigier, Isle of Islay

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Picture of a view over a landscape of hills and mountainsA view from a walk on Islay highest hill, Beinn Bheigier (491m), in April 2014. Behind the hills in the foreground hides the Sound of Islay, on the other side of it the Isle of Jura. The Paps of Jura tower over the landscape, from left to right Beinn a’Chaolais, Beinn an Oir and Beinn Shiantaidh.