Islay Journey

The Happy Farmer’s breakfasts come in layers of such ‘juicy deliciousness’

As the morning air is filled with the mouth watering aroma of bacon crisped to perfection. Croissants and toast gently warming, intermingled with the heady scent of coffee, as beans are ground, ready to be added to a cafetière warming gently on the Aga.

Layers of bacon, egg, and potato scone, are gently placed on warm buttered rolls. Croissants are lifted from the oven. The toast, ready to be spread with marmalade, as everything is carefully arranged, ready to be served to our guests in the farmhouse bed and breakfast suite at Persabus.

It’s not just about ‘breakfast layers’

there are so many varied layers to the ‘Persabus Experience’. It is why a lot of our guests journey back to visit us time and again. Each party on their own unique journey. Journeys that flow with happy memories, as the island’s layers gradually unfold and unfurl, adding more depth and beauty to the whole Islay experience.

May brings a spring awakening as whisky journeys call

With the annual festival of Music and Malt, celebrated at the end of the month. There is a carnival atmosphere to island life, both in the gradual build up, to the start of the ‘festival week’, as the island gets swept up in a buzzing climax of celebrations.

The many layers of sensory journeys

with whisky adventures unfolding, as each Distillery hosts events. Behind the scenes a culmination of creativity, talent, and hard work, celebrated in each unique experience. The nosing and tasting of fine drams. The concerts and ceilidhs, as talented musicians and dancers, from across the Hebrides and beyond, entertain.

A celebration of the finest of Islay produce, as restaurants, food halls and stalls, conjure up and capture a magical journey that leaves those taste-buds tingling.

It’s been a soggy, wet start to this exciting month, but as those whisky gods will tell you, the distilleries need plenty of rain to keep the lochs and spring water flowing, the vital source of the whisky’s journey.

Nature too is a hive of activity during this busy month

The hedgerows are filled with the chatter of nesting birds. Swallows swoop and dive around the old farm buildings as nests are constructed, and the mating season gets underway. The cuckoo can be heard, waiting for an opportunity to evict a few eggs from a host’s nest, who unwittingly will be left to adopt and  raise the cuckoo chicks.

Tiny dragon files hover in around the trees and shrubs, like mini helicopters. The hum of buzzing fills the air, as the bees work overtime to pollinate all of the spring flowers that have opened up, lifting their heads to enjoy the warm burst of sunshine.

As we journey down to the beach

the swan raises her long neck, waking from her slumbers. She is perched, majestically, on her nest of seaweed, as she patiently waits for those eggs to hatch. Her mate, keeping a watchful eye, as he fishes in the still waters of the Sound.

From the tiny insects, to the huge Sea Eagles, from the deer on the hillside to the otters, the layers of wildlife unfurl in May, as you sit a while, at the water’s edge, taking in the layers of colour in those huge, beautiful, vibrant skies.

There are so many layers to the ‘Persabus Experience’

Come and join us on a journey soon and adventure through those layers of Islay life.

A very warm welcome awaits….

Until next time…

Breakfast rolls on a tray
Teapot on an Aga
Sand dunes, sandy beach and sea
Old ruin in field
Highland cow
looking out across the sea from the ferry
A farmer followig sheep along a single track road
A lamb feeding in the sunshine
Girl walking across the beach