Day 528 a lovely lazy day with a recap on beautiful Jura 🚐⛴🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿☀️🏝 from yesterday

Oh what a night….. 🎶 🎶🎶🎶 do do do do do…… yeah it wasn’t as much fun as that tune might suggest.

Bhruic the model pupper developed a dodgy tum around oooooh maybe 12.22am precisely!!! So the night went something like this….

  • Lights out 10ish
  • 12.22am first trip out for pooper pupper
  • 1.21am back out again
  • 1.56am 3rd time lucky
  • 2.34am 4th 🤦🏻‍♀️
  • Sometime later a plane ✈️ flew right overhead bound for Islay Airport
  • 5.17am the neighbours start their engine and leave the site…. I spend the next few minutes trying to think why….. they’ll just be headed to Port Ellen for the 7am ferry…. I allow it.
  • 5.45am 5th time and not much happening’ now…
  • 6.30am my bloody phone alarm goes off 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤣
  • 6.40am it starts raining….
  • 7.34am back out with Bhru for a sniff around
  • 9.28am drop my toilet bag in the toilet 🚻 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️💥🥳🤣🤣🤣

I assure you I do not make this stuff up….

But you know the best of it…. I am smiling inside. I’m laughing at the craziness of it all. Isn’t it funny how our mind works. I’ve been a nightmare on and off since we got here. A day in the sun yesterday and suddenly I’m calm. It’s due to rain here today so we’re planning a lazy day and gonna walk to Bruichladdich as it’s the only distillery we haven’t been in to years. The shop that is…. 🤣

So back to the magical day yesterday. It was a stunning sunrise.

Just breathtaking

We were up early and on the road before 10am. The Islay/Jura ferry runs back and forward all day I think. I had a slight moment of terror driving on to the ferry…. Oh my actual god…left a bit, right a bit, forward, slow down, keep coming. As my wonderful husband will tell you these words are like triggers to my anxious mind. How does he know you wonder?!? 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️💥💥💥

Port Askaig is beautiful.

Hard to imagine this wee guy takes all the traffic from Islay to Jura and back.

That hop across the water was a mere £25…. Captive market I guess.

Abbie the camper van is sailing!!
Arriving in Feolin in Jura.

This sign is at the harbour…. How very true is this?!

Jura has a long single track road with passing places and the first place you come to is called Craighouse. (Course it is!) it’s the most beautiful wee place with palm trees and is home to the Jura Distillery.

Jura Distillery
Actual palm tree 🌴 outside the distillery
Loved the colour of the hills in the distance.

Of course we popped in to the distillery and Craig got a wee dram! Bhru got to come in too.

It’s a lovely wee shop. It was also scorching outside. Such a beautiful day.

There’s a wee pure white sandy beach and harbour
The trickle of this water was the only sound
A beautiful drive out of Craighouse

And then we found the Corran Sands…. A pure white sandy beach with crystal clear water that stretches for miles.

It’s so shallow that you can walk out it it and you just have to brave the very cold moment as you walk in. We played with Bhru for ages. She had a blast. I was gutted I’d left my swimsuit back at camp…… dammit!!

This is as deep as I go…. But pretty hills in the background!
Craig and Bhru almost marooned but not quite…. 🤣
It was very peaceful out here
Just paddling around

Right I think that might be enough photos of the beach. You get the gist. Tropical with baltic water!

We jumped back in the van and headed back on the road again but found ourselves almost at a dead end and by that time I was kinda done with the drama of driving everywhere. We still had a long drive back to the ferry albeit it in stunning surroundings.

So what did we do…. Stopped back at the beach. Of course we did.

So back along to Craighouse and on to the ferry. Look how steep the ramp is!!!!

Not sure this pic does it justice
CalMac is docked over in Port Askaig so we have to wait until she empties!
Here she comes… can hardly wait…. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤣

I actually had a wee gulp of tears once we got on and we’re sailing away and again when I drove off at Port Askaig. Just a wee overwhelm but I’m bloody chuffed at me doing all that…. Don’t know why as I would have expected Craig to do it in the past and I’m not sure I would have congratulated him for it!

So just when you think we are done… next stop is Bunnahabhain Distillery.

Should say here Caol Isla is closed for renovations… actually did mention that the other day. It’s up this same way but we couldn’t even drive up to see it.

Very uncomfortable deck chair!!
Stunning views of the Paps of Jura

Then finally we got dinner from Peatzeria in Bowmore on the way back.

Islay Crab 🦀 and rocket 🚀 pizza 🍕

We sat out until sunset at 8pm. It was still hot until then.

From sunrise to sunset the perfect day

Until it got dark and pup monster started her poop fest. 🤦🏻‍♀️

So today we’ve had a much quieter day. No driving apart from moving the van on the campsite. We walked to Bruichladdich today a 5 mile round trip. It was meant to be torrential rain. Thankfully it’s hardly rained at all. We tried to come home a day early as today was meant to be so bad but we couldn’t move our booking as everything was full. I’m so glad we stayed. It’s been a lovely day to chill (after walking 5 miles of course!)

Bhruic at Bruichladdich!!
Bruichladdich also make the Botanist Gin
The view outside the distillery
Met this guy….
Stunning hydrangeas
The Port Charlotte Hotel
Awwww looked who’s knackered now…. No wonder.

So that’s us caught back up. Tomorrow we’re travelling home in fog. Let’s see how that goes…. 🌫 🌫 🌫 ⛴ 🌫🌫🌫

Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️