Port Askaig is set in a picturesque nook halfway along the Sound of Islay. It's little more than a hotel, shop (with ATM), petrol pump and ferry pier. There are three distilleries within reach and ferry connections to the mainland and Jura, just across the strait.
Three miles southwest, lush meadows swathed in buttercups and daisies slope down to reed-fringed Loch Finlaggan. This bucolic setting was once the most important settlement in the Hebrides, the central seat of power of the Lords of the Isles from the 12th to the 16th centuries.