It's certainly easier to fly to Islay but there's something romantic about going to an island via a car ferry. The Finlaggan of Caledonian MacBrayne did not disappoint nor did the scenes of Islay, Jura, and Gigha. Port Ellen is a gorgeous little port village with the names of whisky distilleries on the street signs. For the record I'd rather head towards Ardbeg than Bowmore. We also hiked to The American Monument which memorializes two World War 1 troop ship wrecks off the coast of Islay in 1918. It's a stunning place for a memorial with gorgeous clifftop views across The Atlantic of Northern Ireland. We hiked there at sunset and had seemingly the entire peninsula of The Oa to ourselves, aside from some highland cows (coos?) and some sheep. After 2 short days it was time to head back to London. We took the scenic route which resulted in 3 ferries to Glasgow on an absolutely gorgeous summer day.