What Does an Islay spring break have to offer?
Are you tucked up on your sofa in the middle of winter, wondering how your spring is going to look?
Now is the time to start making those exciting plans for a spring break. What could be better that a little holiday, just as the sunshine begins to appear? A Spring break on the Scottish Isle of Islay.
Let me guide you in the beauty of spending a little springtime in Scotland. Springtime in this beautiful corner of the Hebrides.
Relax and enjoy as your Islay spring break unfolds…
Are you ready?
Well, when, sometimes, at the end of your day…
A day that you have spent exploring and adventuring, as beautiful spring time journeys and adventures unfolded….
Journeys that just ignited your senses…
as you indulged in exploring those delicious whisky tours and tastings. Meandering along the rugged, wild Islay coastline, happening upon Islay’s historic Distilleries. Distilleries tucked into the shoreline, once ready to transport those casks on the Puffer boats of bygone days.
Stepped into exciting vast welcoming visitor centres, oozing with island charm and character. As you enjoyed the perfect opportunity to sup your way through those whisky journeys. From the source to the tip of the tongue. The bubbling springs on the hillside, leading you down on a journey to the fabulous peat bogs. Clods of peat cut like slabs of thick butter, neatly stacked, are ready to be transported on those whisky adventures.
Days of running free across the machair
and down to the sandy shore. Paddling in the bluest of seas, as the waves ebbed and flowed across the shore. The icy cold water. The refreshing afterglow, as those toes tingled and tickled, from nature’s very own spa therapy, long after the beach time fades into a distant holiday memory.
An Islay spring break gives you the freedom and the time to really indulge your senses and enjoy that much needed quality time.
Just Think of those Days spent hiking out over the headland to the Shore
The sweet scent of bog myrtle, as the crisp, refreshing, salty sea breeze, blowing in from the shore, envelopes you in one almighty huge hug. A couple of deer, stand poised high on the hillside, watching you make your way across the tussocky grasses, under huge skies, with billowing white clouds, down to the turquoise seas below.
An Islay spring
and the air is fresh, with an icy sting. The sunshine is bright, as the bluest of skies emerge over crystal clear seas, which are calling, guiding you on sea adventures to watch the dolphins and seals at play.
The Corryvreckan whirlpool
on the north tip of Jura, and a day spent exploring the dramatic and wild coastline on fantastic sea adventures.
As taste journeys unfold
and days flow into evening. Enjoy platters of the finest of seafood, freshly harvested and served up in the Lochindaal Seafood Kitchen. Melt in the mouth lamb, beef, and venison, oysters, scallops and halibut, freshly prepared and cooked in the nearby Ballygrant Inn. The choice is fantastic.
There’s the opportunity to forage and harvest
from the shoreline and beach. Enjoying feasts of cockles and mussels, samphire and kelp. Cooked over open fires made from driftwood, gathered along the shore, if the spring weather is kind.
Soon we will be poised on the exciting cusp
of the changing seasons as winter fades. The dawning of an Islay spring, and all the promise this beautiful season presents, can be yours to enjoy.
As beautiful sun’s rays light up the landscape as on the farm, enjoy watching the Highland cows and Hebridean sheep chewing the cud, basking in the warmth, sheltered from the chill of the breeze.
Farm tracks and villages light up with vibrant yellow daffodils bursting into flower across the island.
New life emerges. Spring lambs appear. The puddles and bogs are filled with frogspawn, and the hedgerows are alive with the many species of nesting birds that have migrated back to these island shores, ready for the nesting season.
Just sometimes….then, at the end of a day…
A day filled with the freshest of air, the finest adventures. Sometimes….all you need is a huge, comfortable bed, with the softest of sheets, to snuggle down into. Relax and unwind, enjoy the refreshing glow of those days spent exploring. Enveloped in Islay magic.
We look forward to seeing you soon