Isle of Islay

Since I was – appropriately enough – traveling on Travel Tuesday, I missed my regular post. Sad day. So I thought I’d make it up with a combination Travel/Throwback Thursday (#tbt) to this time last year. For my 30th birthday, my brother and I traveled to Scotland to visit my spot. And exactly one year ago today, we were drinking our way around the beautiful little wonder that is the Isle of Islay (phonetic: aisle of eye-la).

Isle of Islay, Scotland

Clear morning views

Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides off Scotland’s southeastern shore. The island is home to around 3,000 residents primarily engaged in agriculture, whisky distillation, and/or tourism. It’s a relatively easy island to get around, which is great given that it boasts somewhere around 10+ distilleries. The island’s malt whisky is so distinct, Islay is actually a distinct region for Scotch.

Unfortunately, due to some rather windy weather, we were only able to spend one full day on Islay instead of our original two. We still made it to 4 distilleries though, so not too shabby (smile)! It’s a gorgeous place, even in the off season. I would love to see it in the summer months with the wildflowers blooming. (sigh) It’s certainly on the shortlist of places I really want to return to – there was just something so relaxing and inviting about the land and the people. Islay certainly stood out as one of my favorite places we visited on our Scottish road trip.

Isle of Islay, Scotland

I wouldn’t mind having one of these myself πŸ™‚

Sitting here in the desert sunshine today, I can’t help but wish I was back there. I’ll definitely be having myself a wee dram this evening to celebrate those beautiful memories…and making plans (smile).


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