Saturday, 22 October 2016

The Uist Connection

Here are details to dip into concerning a book published last month. It's by Libby Patterson, who lives in South Uist, and is the second book in a trilogy, with Hebridean Storm being the first. Read more about The Uist Connection.

Scottish Islands Explorer - admires but does not cover fiction
Digital Edition: plenty in store

Friday, 21 October 2016

Forty Years at Tingwall

Tingwall Airport, sometimes called Lerwick Airport, is situated near the village of Gott, some four miles north of Shetland's main town. It has been in use for 40 years and next Monday - 24 October - will be hosting an Open Door Celebration from 12.30 - 16.30. For most of its existence there have been scheduled, though limited, services to airports well beyond, but in recent years flights for the public are restricted to and from Foula, Papa Stour, Fair Isle and the Out Skerries. This is, of course, in addition to services involving ambulance, rescue, coastguard, lighthouse and oil installations. Shetland News has a full account of its history and operations.

Scottish Islands Explorer - not on sale at this airport
Digital Edition: quietly serves readers both near and far

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Heritage Angels

Between sea and sky, on Marwick Head, Orkney, stands the Kitchener Memorial. It has recently been restored, with additional commemorative features, and the organisers of the project have won a Scottish Heritage Angels Award. More information is in The Orcadian.

Scottish Islands Explorer - occasionally wins acclaim
Digital Edition: arrives like an internet angel

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Eighty Years On

It was 80 years ago - on 18 April 1936 - that Britain's first triangulation pillar or trig point was erected. This was at Cold Ashby, Northamptonshire. Eventually the country was covered - with 6,500 of them, including the one above on a distinctive Shetland position. They were essentially surveying stations, but have now been made virtually redundant, owing to aerial photography, digital mapping and the Global Positioning System. Enjoy a tour of some Scottish island trigs compiled by Marc Calhoun.

Scottish Islands Explorer - trigs often appear on its pages
Digital Edition: a part of the new techniques for data

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Sanday Sealcam

There's a lot to see on Sanday, Orkney, but no easier way to watch the lifestyles of seals than through the Sealcam operated by the Sanday Ranger. The end of October / November time-frame is when grey seals come ashore to give birth.

Scottish Islands Explorer - new issue born last week
Digital Edition: comparable technology that gives instant access

Monday, 17 October 2016

Start the Week in Style

Here is a splendid way to start the week - if you have ten minutes to spare. Go, in the company of Declan O'Byrne and crew, on a voyage around the Hebrides and feel elevated with some stunning aerial views. The Alice Rose is waiting to take you to sea. What's holding you back from clicking on here?

Scottish Islands Explorer - here, indeed, is exploration at its best
Digital Edition: always ready to be accessed, night and day

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Shaped by the Hebrides

A new book - Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey by Madeleine Bunting has recently been published by Granta and its themes received full treatment in The Guardian last weekend. Well worth clicking onto the article as well as seeing Barnhill, the house on Jura where George Orwell wrote 1984.

Scottish Islands Explorer - shaped by the Hebrides and others
Digital Edition: has a futuristic feel

Saturday, 15 October 2016

New Editions on Sale

The latest issue of Scottish Islands Explorer - November / December 2016 - should be in the shops, a shade ahead of schedule, this weekend. The digital edition ran a little late, but is available from this morning. Click on here or below.

Scottish Islands Explorer - ready to be purchased if on the shelves
Digital Edition: will be on your screen in seconds

Friday, 14 October 2016

Mod(ern) Tweed Design

There's a new range of Harris Tweed designs and accessories commissioned for the Royal National Mod being held in Stornoway. Read about the tweed-weave direct from the producer, Harris Tweed Hebrides of Shawbost.

Scottish Islands Explorer - new issue should be in shops this weekend
Digital Edition: latest version due out later this morning

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Siberian Accentor

Here's a bird that has attracted quite a following. It's a Siberian Accentor that has just been seen for the first time in Britain. The sighting occurred on Sunday afternoon at Mossy Hill, Scousburgh, Shetland, when the creature well off its usual flight-path - from Northern Siberia to South-East Asia - was spotted by Hugh Harrop and Judd Hunt  founder and team-member of Shetland Wildlife. Read on in Shetland News.

Scottish Islands Explorer - few readers in Siberia
Digital Edition: capable of such flights in split-seconds