Big swell north east of Sanaigmore, Isle of Islay

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Picture of some big swell rolling towards a rocky shore, waves breaking over the rocksA view north east from Sanaigmore, some big swell rolling in from the west, from the Atlantic. Waves breaking over the rocky shore between Sanaigmore and Ardnave. On the left Eilean Beag with Nave Island behind. Taken on a nice June evening on Islay.

View north from the cliffs at Sanaigmore, Isle of Islay

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Picture of a view out to sea from some steep cliffs, other islands visible in the distanceA view out north from the steep cliffs west of Sanaigmore. On the right some parts of Islay just visible, first Ardnave (with Nave Island), then the northern part with Mala Bholsa. In the distance on the left Mull with Ben More, in front of it (slightly darker) is Colonsay.

Chapel and chimney on Nave Island, Isle of Islay

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Picture of the ruin of a chapel with a large chimney inside on small islandYes, you read that right and you’re seeing right, a chapel with a chimney. Not much is known about the history of the chapel on Nave Island, just off Ardnave Point on Islay. The chapel was abandoned around 250 years ago, at some point afterwards kelp burners (to obtain soda ash) set up shop in the ruin, hence the chimney.