The Whisky Tasting Club

Ardfern, Argyll and Bute

Often after a holiday you are quite glad to be going home, but not this time. We both felt we could easily have spent another week on islay.

So our islay festival summary:

Festival Events: Its between Ardbeg and Bruichladdich for the best festival events, both were fantastically organised, ardbeg maybe had the better attractions and value (5 drams for £5 for Ardbeg as opposed to £5 for 2 with laddy) but I think the prize goes to Bruichladdich for the great atmosphere, attendance and food (and the sunshine helped!). Special mention for Bunnahabain for making a real effort and running a great event.

Festival Bottlings: we didnt get Kilchoman or Ardbeg, but of the ones we did get we most liked the Lagavulin and the Laphroaig. The bowmore is also very nice. However, we rerserve judgement as we will do a full whisky tasting club tasting within the month, I’ll be interested to hear Dom’s opinions.

Islay walks: If we had to recommend one walk for a sunny day it would  be the walk on the Oa. We think Ardnave is perhaps the most attractive spot on the island but the Oa walk had more variety, woods, beach, heath, views, rocks, bluebells and a bit of adventure!

Exit islay :(

Michelle and I first got  together 7 years ago, and it started with me whisking her off to scotland for a long weekend in Ardfern, Argyll at the Galley of Lorne. We had a magical weekend from which all else has followed. So this time, to round off our islay trip, we booked two nights in the same place.  We left islay on saturday on the 6 pm ferry from port ellen with a car laden with whisky and whisky glasses. The port ellen to kennacraig ferry takes 2 hours and  cruises past the south coast distilleries,  which gives a really good feel for the geography of the island. Its about an hour drive to Ardfern which is 14 miles north of Lochgilphead and sits at the head of Loch Craignish. The galley of lorne has been renovated, but we had the same room as the last time with a view straight over the loch. This is an islay blog so I wont give the full description of our stay. Suffice it to say we had a fantastic stay and it is worth noting that I asked michelle to marry me, and she said yes :)   This has been a wonderful holiday, we hope to be back for next year. Thanks for reading, I wrote this blog partly for fun but also partly as the resource I would have liked to find  before we went. I’ll check back occasionally, but if you have any questions please feel free to email me tony@thewhiskytastingclub.co.uk

Tony, Michelle and Arby.

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