Wet return to Bunnahabhain, Isle of Islay

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Picture of a coastal landscape along a sound between to islands under heavy clouds, a distillery in the distance
Wet return to Bunnahabhain, Isle of Islay

A memory from an Islay walking week a few years back. After a rainy wet walk to Rhuvaal lighthouse and a rainy wet lunch at the boathouse the walkers are making their way back along a soggy track to Bunnahabhain.

Imke returning from a walk to the north of Islay

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Picture of a woman on a hilly landscape with a sound between two islands in the distance
Imke returning from a walk to the north of Islay

A memory from a walk to the far north of Islay with my sister Imke in June 2013. We had walked from Bunnahabbhain along the Sound of Islay to Rhuvaal lighthouse. From the lighthouse we followed the coast west to Bàgh an Dà Dhoruis. After lunch on the beach we continued towards the raised beaches before turning south east and returning to Bunnahabhain over the low hills west of Sgarbh Breac (where I took this picture of my sister enjoying the views over the Sound of Islay and Jura with the Paps of Jura)

Rubha a’ Mhill, where the wreck of the Wyre Majestic used to be, Sound of Islay

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Picture of a rocky coastline at the end of a bay, where a wreck used to be
Rubha a’ Mhill, where the wreck of the Wyre Majestic used to be, Sound of Islay

After over 40 years it’s finally gone. For decades you could see the wreck of the Wyre Majestic, which ran aground at Rubha a’ Mhill near Bunnahabhain in 1974 (here’s an older view of it from a similar angle). But the strong currents and exposed position at the Sound of Islay have finally taken their toll and now it is pretty much gone. At low tide it’s sometimes possible to see some last bits from the shore, but that’s about it.