Monday, 17 October 2011
ISLAY AND JURA
Sylvia and I have just completed our Hebridian journey with days on Islay and Jura. These islands are homes to wildlife and whisky. There are 9 distilleries here, or is it 10? There is an abundance of wildlife here.
We ask where we can see a golden eagle and at the exact spot we find two, both of which are very close to us. Further along, 15 choughs dance and sing around us. To reach this point we have passed thousands of barnacle geese that have just arrived from Greenland. We also pass over 20 hares in the fields and more deer than I have ever seen. These are wild animals and they share the fields with sheep and cattle all with the approval of the landowners. Earlier we saw an otter swimming and catching fish. A landowner on Jura is building a new hydro plant to power the island so less fossil fuels will be used.