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WHISKY TRAIL | Click photo to enlarge

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It could be said that Arctica is on the whisky trail. After the first
night of the season at Tighnabruaich, the next port of call was
Campbeltown, home to two distilleries – Glen Scotia and Springbank. It
was once the whisky capital of Scotland with 21 producing distilleries
in 1886! A rare and favourable ENE wind took us round the Mull of
Kintyre and nicely up to Islay, where there are 7 working
distilleries. We are moored for the night in the small anchorage at
Lagavulin, sheltered by islets outside and guarded over by the ruins
of a castle on the point. With the UK Coastguard taking industrial
action there are no usual weather forecasts for the next few days, but
we can get alternatives by VHF from Ireland, on Navtex and on the Met
Office website. The easterly airflow is set to continue, which is
ideal for us as we sail north.

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