Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Variation on a Theme

The last two blogs have featured ecclesiastical properties. For the third time of asking - as they say in the calling of wedding banns - is there any  interest in Ryburn Cottage, Stronsay? It has been reduced to a lower fixed price of £85,000 and enjoys views across to Papa Stronsay with its monastery.

Scottish Islands Explorer - at least a room with a view here

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

... and Another?

The sale particulars of Meal Church, Burra, were featured yesterday when information from a reliable source indicated that a valuer had visited Papa Stour Church. So another similar sale could be on the cards in Shetland. Watch the ecclesiastical space.

Scottish Islands Explorer - appreciates new life for old buildings

Monday, 31 August 2015

Conversion Potential

Meal Church in Hamnavoe, Burra Isle, Shetland, is for sale with offers of over £45,000 considered. Planning permission for residential purposes would be required; though not for commercial activities of certain types. See the Church of Scotland Law Department for details as well as for the interior colours of the property.

Scottish Islands Explorer - also a good buy

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Both Bothies

For details of a journey - ideal to read on an August Bank Holiday Weekend - consider Peter Edwards' Writes of Way and how he went from the bothy at Cruib Lodge, Jura, to An Cladach, Islay. His account and the reward of relaxation for the couple below should, at least, encourage us all to get out of the house!

Scottish Islands Explorer - for occasional bothy items

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Light and Time Lapse

Turn to the Stornoway Gazette and open up a timelapse video of the Aurora Borealis taken by Karen Munro from a vantage point in Lossiemouth.

Scottish Islands Explorer - needs to explore more of the skies

Friday, 28 August 2015

Bee-eaters that Bewitch

This group of seven Little Bee-eaters were photographed in The Gambia. However, last Wednesday a flock of seven adult Bee-eaters turned up in Tingwall, Shetland, and perched on a power cable. Within minutes birdwatchers, in general, and 'twitchers', in particular, were flocking to see them. There is a full account and images in Shetland News of the 24-hour landing by avian and enthusiastic visitors.

Scottish Islands Explorer - the magazine is occasionally spotted in The Gambia

Thursday, 27 August 2015

From Italy to Skye

This image of the Fairy Pools, Skye, was taken by Sergio del Rosso, a 32-year-old Italian photographer with only four years of experience. His work appears on the National Geographic website. For more shots of Scottish scenes by a range of photographers, survey the BBC website item.

Scottish Islands Explorer - always a wide range of island images

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

In the Running

The Sanday Archaeological Group has been short-listed for its work on preserving a number of coastal features and is in the running for the Heritage Angel Award. Dig into The Orcadian item for more details, including information about the Meur Bronze Age burn mound and well.

Scottish Islands Explorer - plays its part in preservation

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Oyster Catch On

The stock market may have lost billions owing to concerns about China, but the investment in oyster production with Traigh Mhor on Barra is up. Read about in on the herladscotland website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - the new issue is selling well

Monday, 24 August 2015

Scarp in September?

Visiting Scarp, North Harris, is always special ... and this make Saturday 12 September a day to note. The Islands Book Trust is organising a visit to the island as part of the Harris Mountain Festival. Take advantage by signing up and going out.

Scottish Islands Explorer - Scarp is a favourite of many explorers