This evening at the beach, two minutes from our front door.
The Kintyre Peninsula is in a very unique position geographically.
From my bedroom window I look out onto the Atlantic Ocean with the Inner Hebrides just a few miles away. I can stand on the beach and look out at Islay, Jura and Gigha. The hills on Jura, known as the Paps of Jura, are currently snowcapped and stand out beautifully against the blues of ocean and sky.
Walk a mile down the road in a southerly direction and, on a clear day, I can see Northern Ireland.
Travel six miles east across to the other side of the peninsula and Campbeltown where beautiful Davaar Island sits in Campbeltown Loch. Continue to look east and there is Ailsa Craig, floating like a giant pebble on the Firth of Clyde. Beyond that is the Ayrshire coast.
Head up the Carradale road and to your right is Aran where houses are clearly visible. Just now the mountains are glorious. Yesterday we drove to Peninver and spent ages just gazing out at Aran from the beautiful beach. Travel a little further north and you feel like you could almost reach out and touch “Scotland in miniature”
So next time you wonder why I moved over three hundred miles to Machrihanish, remember these photos and how beautiful my home is.
One of the things I have loved most about living here is the quality of the sunsets. All summer long George and I would wander down to the beach to watch the sun sink beneath the horizon. The sky was never the same any two evenings. One night we’d be treated to a range of purples and pinks and indigos; the next it would be oranges and golds and reds.
The reflections on the ocean were mesmerising. On more than one occasion I walked down with my camera, sat on the rocks and just waited, watching. Time stops at the ocean. I can hear the waves and observe the sky flirting with the setting sun, but I could be there at any time in history. It’s only when I turn my back on the sea and walk back to the road that the 21st century returns to me.
I hope you’ll enjoy some of the sunsets I’ve shared here.