With the Loch Ness marathon complete, it’s about time I write about my last race, the Islay Half Marathon. My co-worker and fellow Canadian Chelsey headed to Islay (pronounced I-la), a small island off the west coast of Scotland.
The easiest way is through a timeline:
Friday August 3rd
- catch taxi to Edinburgh’s Waverley train station & pick up running partner in crime Chelsea on the way
- train ride from Edinburgh to Glasgow
- bus from Glasgow to Port Kennacraig
– landslide causes 75minute diversion
– miss 12:30 ferry to Port Ellen
– decide to hitchhike to the nearest town for food
– get stranded in said town because the lone taxi driver is out of town
– call flatmate (who is also running the 1/2 marathon) and comes to the rescue
- arrive back at the ferry terminal, and board ship to Port Ellen, Islay
- arrive on Islay late in the evening, the buses are no longer running & all the taxis have left… we are stranded again!
- police officer takes pity on us and drives us to our B&B
Saturday August 4th
- sleep in!
- breaky @ the B&B
- race time!
- Explore Bowmore
Sunday August 5th
- sleep in – again!
- breaky @ the B &B
- explore Bowmore
- Afternoon Tea
- whiskey tour of Bowmore Distillery
- Picnic in the square
- Pack up & head to the airport
- Flight from Bowmore, Islay to Glasgow
- Train from Glasgow – Edinburgh
- Walk home 🙂