Sunday, July 28, 2013

Loch Gruinart and Sanaigmore Bay

Like so much of Islay, these northern destinations are a study in contrast. Loch Gruinart is a wetland wildlife preserve, while just down the road, Sanaigmore Bay opens onto the ageless Atlantic. It is also guarded by the most dramatic rock formations I've ever seen. In between are rustic homesteads, rough moors, and the Outback Art Gallery. Oh, and did I mention sheep?

Our visit to Loch Gruinart also included an evening stop at Kilnave, where once again we were enchanted by the historic beauty of Islay's heritage. The Kilnave Chapel and Cross are 'newer' than the Kildalton ruins, dating from the 14th Century. This beautiful spot has an exquisite water view, the perfect place to experience an island sunset.

Kilnave Chapel And Cross

Chapel Exterior Wall

Interior View, Kilnave Chapel

Loch Gruinart Overlook

Loch Gruinart Wetlands

Hurry Home

Gated Stream, Sanaigmore

Rocky Approach, Sanaigmore Bay

Weathered Rocks, Sanaigmore Bay


Anonymous said...

Simply amazing landscapes. One can easily imagine how stunning most of these images would look enlarged and framed in a gallery. Your trip was obviously quite exciting.

Anonymous said...

These are superb photographs. Not only are the motifs magnificent, but the composition of each one is so esthetic ally pleasurable. Thank you for sharing moments of great beauty.
Sylvie H.