The Queen of the Hebrides, Scotland

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Hello there! It's been a while hasn't it... life has been a bit full on the last two months, so much so it's kept me well away from my laptop and camera.

My biggest piece of news is that hubby and I have had a offer accepted on a house! We are going to be first time home owners in London, and I have to say I cannot wait until we are no longer paying rent. For those of you unaccustomed with the housing market in the UK the process of buying here is different to most countries. The house is not officially yours until the day you exchange keys. In our case that might be a long way off as the people we are buying off are still to find a house to move to, so we have entered the dreaded 'house buying chain'.

The photos below are courtesy of my husband who spent the last May bank holiday merrily downing drams of whiskey at the famous Islay Whiskey Festival in Scotland. I made fun of him for taking this first pic of course. I mean, we are kiwis! It's not like he's never seen a sheep before...

lush green grass
leads to murky sky 
a blackface sheep stares yonder

Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, and is known by many as the Queen of the Hebrides. Like all of the Scottish Isles, Islay boasts dramatic scenery made up of sweeping beaches and rolling hills.

In fact I was rather impressed and jealous when I first saw these photos that my husband snapped on his phone while cycling around the island.

If you're a whisky fan I would thoroughly recommend you look Islay up. There are no fewer than eight distilleries there producing some of Scotland’s finest single malts including Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Bruichladdich. I'm not a whisky drinker myself but if I was this the place I'd want to be.

Even the gorse is picturesque...



Hope you all had a lovely April and May. Any interesting travel tales out there?

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