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.
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 distillery courtyard.
Ardbeg Distillery 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.
All these paintings are now sold.