Category Archives: Islands

The Coastal Path in Scotland – Leaving Islay

As we flew back to Glasgow our aircraft punched through a blanket of low-lying cloud-cover.  We left an underbelly of grey dreariness and rose into a stunningly bright sky of crisp, clear colour.  The cloud was low this morning, and … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path in Scotland – Bowmore Coastline

During our final day on Islay we went for a short walk along the coast.  We headed out from Bowmore (pronounced Bowmore, with the emphasis on the more) towards Gartbreck, in a southwesterly direction.  The tide was in, giving us … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path in Scotland – Jura

Jura is the eighth largest Scottish island by size, yet the thirty-first largest by population.  It is 36,692 hectares, and yet in 2001 was populated by only 196 people.  This means that there are 20 million square feet per person … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path in Scotland – Harvest Moon

If you are going to be away from light pollution for the Harvest Moon then Islay is better than London.  I’m not sure which I like more – the bright fullness of the moon or the impenetrable thick blackness of … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path in Scotland – Machir Bay

In September 2014 I visited Islay with my friend Campbell.  Islay is a beautiful island in the Inner Hebrides, some 75 miles east of Glasgow and something of a Mecca when it comes to whisky.  We always try to take … Continue reading

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65m – Portsmouth to Gosport

The Gosport Ferry does not take long to cross the harbour, but is well worth the trouble, and really it is not much trouble at all.  It is cheap, offers a regular service, has an open-air upper deck, and skips … Continue reading

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65l – Old Portsmouth to Portsmouth

On our way from Old Portsmouth to the “new” Portsmouth we saw something – a fishing boat.  It was fitting that this boat sat somewhere between Old Portsmouth and the “new” Portsmouth, because the boat itself was somewhere between old … Continue reading

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