And Colonsay, and Jura and Arran. Yes, The Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society is back from its annual pole festival - and just in time for Appreciation Day too (September 21st). Turns out it's unimaginable that anyone would visit Islay for anything but the distillery tours (9 and counting). When I said that we were there just to look at telegraph poles they suggested I must already have been at an extended malt tasting session. Honest, that island and its visitors are whisky bonkers. Mostly male visitors from Japan, Scandinavia and (inevitably) USA formed queues to strip to their trunks and dive into the huge copper vats of peated malt whisky then talk bollocks about top notes of butterscotch and salted lemon peel. Then they complained of kidney pain and passed out.
Anyway, while they were doing all that, they missed out on the terrific lines of olde poles that can be found on this Hebridean gem. We found further, albeit fewer, interesting poles on neighbouring islands. Here is a splendid photo gallery of edited highlights for you. I haven't put captions on any of them because I have a banging headache still.