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Islay
and Jura
Painting Hebridean islands

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Islay and Jura in the Inner Hebrides were the subject of a watercolour paintings project for early summer in 2008 for John Stoa. This summer may have turned out to be the wettest in living memory, but John's trip to the island of Islay and Jura in the inner Hebrides was so hot and sunny that he got quite sunburnt with cloudless skies every day.

Tarbert Bay

The trip came at the end of May during the Islay Whisky Festival (malt and music), with a visit to Ardbeg Distillery where the best malts were available at only £1 for a very large measure. Music and dancing were also enjoyed in the dIslay boats and Paps of Juraistillery courtyard.
Ardbeg DistiBoats at Tarbertllery also have a fantastic and very popular restaurant where John sampled the delicious local Islay beers.
Other whisky distilleries well worth a visit inclued Lagavulin, Laphroaig distillery, also Bowmore, Bruichladdich and Bunnahabhain and the quieter but very distinctive Caol Ila Distillery near Port Askaig.
The island of Jura lies alongside Islay so a trip to Jura Distillery was also arranged crossing over at Port Askaig where the short ferry ride of a few minutes runs constantly most of the day. John got plenty of ideas for landscape paintings of coastlines, distilleries, small harbours and the Paps of Jura. Although many of these are now sold, there is still a few available.
Tarbert Boats

All these paintings are now sold.