Weekly photo challenge: Foreign (2) – Islay

Seven Mile Beach.

If it is anything like 90 mile beach in New Zealand it won’t be seven miles, but either way, it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.

Islay, the most southerly of the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland, is known as the Queen of the Hebrides. And quite rightly so. Who could visit Islay and not fall in love with its beauty? Or its malt whisky?

If the word foreign means exotic, unknown, a different country to my own, Islay fits all those descriptions.

It’s often been said, by many people before me, that if it wasn’t for the weather, Islay and the rest of the Hebrides would be Caribbean paradise islands with their low population, beautiful buildings, white sandy beaches and clear blue water. The trouble was, when we went, the weather was wonderful. It truly was a paradise.

Endless days of sunshine, camped above Seven Mile Beach, at Kintra camp site.

We noticed a couple in a caravan or a motorhome with glasses and a bottle of wine. I resolved to buy some posh plastic glasses in future to enjoy our cliff top camping.

In the morning, we took the dogs on the beach. In the evening, we did the same.

One of the best ‘foreign’ holidays I have ever had.

I’ve added a gallery version to replace the previous slideshow, as the pix are slightly bigger like this.

25 comments on “Weekly photo challenge: Foreign (2) – Islay”

  1. Wow. Seriously gorgeous!!
    I am so there! πŸ™‚


  2. As I said one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. Foreign and exotic almost on my doorstep, just another country and ferry ride away. I wish DT would let me post bigger piccies and a bigger slideshow though.

    You have posted some beautiful pix of your corner of the world. I truly think this matches up to anywhere.


    • the gallery slide show does provide a larger view. and i fully agree – this is absolutely lovely. that’s why i always say that my favourite spot on the planet is that – so far πŸ™‚


      • Yes, I don’t really like gallery but DT obviously doesn’t really cater for decent slideshows so thought it might be a better option. I like the effortless of slideshows and the motion but gallery is clearly the better option. Thanks for the feedback. I may take the slideshow down now.


  3. A truly beautiful place πŸ™‚ though with very poignant memories for me 😦


  4. Seven miles might be exaggerated, but it is indeed close to 5 miles at least (depends on how exactly you measure).


    • Thanks for the comment, lovely islay blog there πŸ™‚

      whatever the length, it is one gorgeous beach – and islay is seriously one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited


  5. I could look at these images forever, wishing myself there. Foreign but they seem so familiar. I love dogs on beaches – they are the essence of “in the moment” No matter how lost I am I can always find myself on a beach. Your pics bring back my own happy memories πŸ™‚


    • A natural undeveloped quiet beach is always beautiful. And to get glorious weather too made it perfect. You can tell how quiet it was because we had let the dogs off the lead as there was no-one or no other dogs for them to disturb πŸ˜€

      It was just a lovely place. It was quite hard to leave actually, but we had an island pass for 17 days that gave us all the ferry journies for a couple of hundred quid so we had to make the most of it and see as many islands as possible.

      Aus has its own beautiful beaches too though. I must find some of those. I’ve got a few of Tassy actually. Not sure about NSW! Apart from Bondi of course.


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  10. Beautiful slideshow. I love the beach and the sunset. It looks really peaceful. πŸ™‚


    • Go, seriously, it is gorgeous. Vicky has some good Islay pix too. Try summer though πŸ˜‰


      • I will definitely have to try and talk Pat into it.

        Btw…got good news from work today. I don’t have to cover on reception at HQ and they want me to stay at CISS until the end of the month at least. (Phew! got out of that one easy) πŸ˜‰


        • Well, it will probably piss it down πŸ˜€ Normally they have hellish good summers, it’s a little-known secret.

          I am sure you would be a charmer on reception. I wouldn’t mind it if they paid me shedloads.

          I owe you a mail I’m still in Monday syndrome, ie I do nothing on Monday, so sorry about that.


          • As for the mail, I do remember your problem with the time change jet lag thingy and I figured in your own time you’ll get to it. See, I think about you and am not totally unsympathetic. πŸ˜€


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