|It will fit in !|
We managed to stuff everything into our boats in some sort of order, miracles do happen!
We eventually set off, in no great hurry, who wants to battle against a strong flow in the Sound of Islay!
After our long drive, it was good to be back in the boat. We carried on down the coast past McArthur's head lighthouse and stopped to have a wee nosy in at the bothy at Proaig. We then made our way through the skerries before stopping for the evening in Claggain Bay. I think by now, our long drive and lack of sleep was really hitting home, the paddles were just going in automatically, cruise control!
We gathered enough sticks together for a fire, had our tea, then crashed out. Because of the tides, we weren't in a hurry to get up, thank goodness!
Next morning, back in the boats, we carried on down the coast round Ardmore point with lots of seals and our first of quite a few otters. Coming round the bottom we got our first glimpse of IRELAND (Ansgar!)
|2 whisky lovers|
Along a bit, then what a surprise - a distillers - Ardmore! who'd have thought! We got out "to stretch our legs!" The place was shut! Back in the boats, another wee paddle along, then distillers No2 - Lagavulin - also shut!! Back in the boats again, Hubby dear is by now panicking! A wee bit further along again, distillers No3 - Laphroaig - open, woohoo! We got out of the boats again, traipsed into the visitor centre looking slightly damp. The welcome we got here was wonderful. Free hot chocolate!, lovely hand cream samples!, a freeby wee nip (of course). We had booked into a tour for 10.30 the next morning. When the bloke asked where we were staying, we stated some beach somewhere, he replied with "We don't really encourage camping, but you can pitch on the sheltered flat grass (we had already spotted that site), here's some cheese and biscuits, a couple of miniatures and I'll arrange a hot shower in the mash house for you. There's plenty fresh water as well" That's much better customer service than a lot of official paid for sites.
Next we headed back along the road, popping into Lagavulin on the way. We had another whisky tour here. Whilst waiting on our tour to begin, we made ourselves at home in their very comfortable lounge. Our dripping jackets were draped over various surfaces and radiators, whilst we settled down in the comfy chairs, so comfy we didn't hear the previous tour return! There was the four of us out cold, must have been the tiredness, it couldn't possibly be the whisky!
|VERY comfy seats!|