Loch Na Mile (Craighouse)

Chris & Helen King
Wed 30 Jun 2021 16:08

55:50.250N  5:56.626W

30 June 

Good result in the football for England yesterday - glad we listened to it. Discovered during our trip ashore yesterday that the dinghy was leaking. A little investigation showed that it was from the unnecessarily complex drainage bung which had to be removed, stripped, cleaned and re-seated.

Set off this morning in the mist to catch the last of the tide up the Sound of Gigha. We seriously considered staying another day as it is such a lovely spot:

Only a short motor across the Sound of Jura to Loch Na Mile behind the Small Isles. There were supposed to be visitors buoys but they have not been laid this year, presumably thanks to Covid. The holding here is notoriously poor due to kelp, but the bottom was visible and we found a spot clear of weed. The winds are light anyway, and forecast to remain so.

We took the dinghy ashore (glad to say no leak now) and had a beer at the Jura Hotel in order to use WiFi but, although promised, it did not deliver usable signal so we moved to the Antlers bistro for lunch (langoustines). 

We then went to the Jura Distillery Visitor Centre (for which read shop) - at least we didn't have to book online first. Bought an array of miniatures to do our own tasting at some point, and were given a couple of unusual ones free, in what look like sample jars, to add to the collection.

Some delayed photos from Islay:

Laphroaig Distillery