Port Charlotte from near Tallant, Isle of Islay


Picture of a distant coastal village, seen across a sea loch and some landA slightly different view to what I think most people will be familiar with, Port Charlotte seen from near Tallant (admittedly through a telephoto lens). The house in the foreground is in the Cruach/Cruach West area (I’m not entirely sure, I hope someone can provide details in the comments). In the distance on the left the tall shed is the waste processing facility, to the right of it is Gartbreck. On Loch Indaal a ship, I think that might have been one of the oil tankers on its way out. Then on the other side of Loch Indaal is Port Charlotte, Shore Street with the pier just right of centre.

Showing my father something on Islay


Picture of two men, the younger pointing out something to the older (his father)A slightly unusual picture for this blog, this is me and my father in Port Charlotte in June 2007, during his only Islay visit. After a long and fulfilling life he passed away this weekend at almost 87 years old. While he didn’t fall in love with Islay as much as the rest of his family he did agree to a family holiday on Islay after my late mothers cancer diagnosis in 2006. I’m not sure what I’m pointing out to him here, although I think it might have been the American Monument on the Oa where we were going to go on a walk the next day.

Picture courtesy of my sister Imke.

Lighthouse lightroom clock in the Museum of Islay Life


Picture of an old lightroom clock and a petroleum vapour burner together with spares and mantlesThe old lightroom clock and a petroleum vapour burner together with spares and mantles from the Rhinns of Islay lighthouse on Orsay, displayed in the Museum of Islay Life in Port Charlotte after modernisation in 1978.