SCOTLAND : ISLAY + JURA
The isle of Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland and is probably most well known for its whisky production. Islay is the fifth largest of the islands of Scotland covering some 239 square miles (620 sq. Km) with over 3000 inhabitants. It's terrain varies from cliffs and beaches to wild moorlands with its climate governed by the temperate Gulf Stream. I have given Islay its own space here as it one of my favourite, and therefore most frequented(!), of the Scottish Islands. Jura, to the north east of Islay, can be reached by ferry from Port Askaig. It is dominated by the twin peaks known as "The Paps of Jura" and has the famous Corryvreckan whirlpool to the north. The island is mountainous, bare and infertile, covered largely by vast areas of blanket bog but large enough still to have the "Isle of Jura" distillery.