Thursday, 29 June 2017

A Fair Isle Stare

They are looking at you with stares. Time for you to regard them - these Fair Isle sheep - on the website that features their island between Orkney and Shetland.

Scottish Islands Explorer - another way of looking
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Take a Tour or Two

Here are two ways to tour Orkney. Take the virtual reality method with Andrew Learmonth through VisitScotland; go in person with Patricia Long nee Leith who is a guide with an extensive and intensive knowledge of the island group. The photograph of the Ring of Brodgar is by Premysl Fojtu and there are Orcadians alive today whose ancestors helped construct the Neolithic henge.

Scottish Islands Explorer - helps build knowledge
Digital Edition: a product that's 10,000 generations down the line

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Words Woven in Song

The Shetland Tweed Company and the use of local words to brand its products was described by Eric Musgrave in his blog. A BBC programme introduction puts the Shetland dialect into context and now a choir and its leader, featured in Shetland News, have won an award for their promoting it through song and composition.

Scottish Islands Explorer - weaves words every eight weeks
Digital Edition: promotes them worldwide

Monday, 26 June 2017

A Few Fetlar Fotos

This image of the 'Stone of the Ripples' overlooking the Wick of Houbie comes from the Shetland island of Fetlar. It is one of many that are featured in a gallery to be enjoyed here from the blog Kozetland.

Scottish Islands Explorer - likes names that sound distinctive
Digital Edition: so easy to access

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Bere Barley

Bere barley has a Viking pedigree and has been grown on Orkney for many years. It is to be grown, first as a trial, on Raasay, Skye, in preparation for use in the new island distillery. The BBC website has an interesting account of the backgrounds to the crop and to the venture.

Scottish Islands Explorer - always open to experiment
Digital Edition: ready for most communicative processes

Saturday, 24 June 2017

An Island's Images

People look at islands in different ways. This photograph of three lochans on Tanera Mor is to promote Wild Swimming. However, the exhibition at the Rhue Gallery, Ullapool, features the work of Kevin Percival who was employed on the Summer Isles and whose images of people and places are captivating. See a preview on the BBC website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - exhibits itself every two months
Digital Edition: always available

Friday, 23 June 2017

Way North of Norwich

The vintage bus, a Bedford OB, which left Norwich for Lerwick, Shetland, last week, has reached Kirkwall, Orkney. It was covered on this blog, but now read more about the venture in The Orcadian.

Scottish Islands Explorer - gets around the country as well
Digital Edition: take a tour of the website yourself

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Memories of Matron

What is today the Youth Hostel on the Old Scapa Road in Kirkwall, had been opened in the Second World War for postal and communications staff. However, in 1947 its use changed and part of it became a hostel for girls from the outlying Orkney islands attending school in the town. At a special lunch, former residents recalled their time in the accommodation supervised by a 'formidable but kind' matron. The Orcadian covered the event.

Scottish Islands Explorer - more accustomed to boarding ferries
Digital Edition: has its own communications hub

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Sunset Boulevard

The BBC website has a fine collection of images of sunsets throughout Scotland taken recently. The one shown is from the Loch of Clumly, Stromness, Orkney, by Graham Lyon.

Scottish Islands Explorer - often looks to islands in the west
Digital Edition: also 'in the clouds'

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Beneath Rockall & Reefs

Conditions look placid on, around and above Rockall from the photograph. Recent research has revealed much about the underwater features and marine eco-systems below this most remote of islets and its adjacent rocks and reefs. Dive into a new world here.

Scottish Islands Explorer - appreciates all dimensions
Digital Edition: Rockall provides interest but no sales