The Sound of Islay is another of those places in this part of the world with tides strong enough that you can't go though against the tide in most small (or many big) yachts, but it is one of the easier ones with straightforward pilotage and no serious over-falls.
I arrived with a couple of hours of the favourable spring tide remaining and went through very easily despite the wind increasing to more than 15 knots.
|The "Paps of Jura", the 85 metre coaster was heading to|
Port Ellen with grain (barley) for the malt whiskey distilleries.
|Bunnahabhain Distillery, Islay.|
|Ardnahoe Distillery, Islay.|
|Caol Ila Distillery, Islay.|
|The CalMac ferry berthing at Port Askaig, going into 5 knots|
of tide in the channel with >15 knots of wind behind.
|Port Ellen from the offing. The factory looking building is a malt |
house for those distilleries that don't do their own malting.
|Port Ellen ferry terminal and berth for the grain ships.|