Tuesday 27 May 2008

Wish you were here!

I'm posting this from an internet cafe overlooking the sea on the Isle of Islay in Scotland. Many months ago I was invited here on holiday with a group of friends but I had no idea how beautiful the island is. What's more, this week the island is hosting its annual Malt and Music festival.

Last night I went to a whisky tasting followed by a ceilidh. I do have a soft spot for a good peaty single malt, but back in London I probably wouldn't bother to go to an evening of traditional folk dancing. Here, the small village hall was packed with people - local and tourists, from children to the elderly - and everyone had a fantastic time.

Much of the rest of my holiday here has been spent walking along gorgeous sandy beaches and through countryside rich with wildflowers. There is plenty of wildlife to see too - hares, grouse, oyster catchers and hen harriers are just a few of the animals and birds I've spotted. I'm looking forward to seeing otters, which are apparently relatively common around the island.

I'm having a great time - the weather is wonderful - wish you were here!

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