Monday, 16 January 2017

Sanday Schools

There is an interesting property choice on Sanday, in the Orkney group. Ready for renovation is the former South School and House (above) with views over Eday and available with an offer of over £130k. Ready to move into is the renovated School and House at Newquoy (below) to the north of the island. Here the sellers are looking for offers of over £195k. So go for details to D and H Law for the former and Lows for the latter.

Scottish Islands Explorer - likes looking at property
Digital Edition: travels between houses in a split second

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Washed Up

It's not everyday - and certainly not today - that such unusual objects are washed up on Hebridean beaches. However, the BBC Website has selected a medley of items.

Scottish Islands Explorer - seldom castaway
Digital Edition: goes wherever required

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Firing Up

The fire festivities of 2017 on Shetland are underway in Scalloway despite the cold weather. Join them now via Shetland News.
Scottish Islands Explorer - also firing up for the next edition, next month
Digital Edition: always on alert

Friday, 13 January 2017

The Lewis Connection

This is not a political endorsement, more of a riddle. How has the President-Elect become involved with the long-established BBC programme? The answer is on the Isle of Lewis, of which his mother was a native and from which the BBC Songs of Praise will be broadcast on Sunday on BBC One at 16.30. It is part of a series featuring some of the background aspects of Donald Trump.

Scottish Islands Explorer - has a significant American circulation
Digital Edition: also makes an impact

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Withstanding Storms

Lighthouses are accustomed to withstanding the fiercest of elements. When this week's high winds were gusting off the eastern coasts of Scotland, the Bell Rock Lighthouse remained its impressive self - now almost 206 years old. Consider its construction and operation on a short YouTube presentation.

Scottish Islands Explorer - it lights up some lives once every eight weeks
Digital Edition: depends on wifi not light

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Island Views

The route designated the North Coast 500 starts and finishes in Inverness and, technically, takes in only one island, the Black Isle, on its way around Wester Ross, Caithness and Sutherland. However, this High Road affords views of a significant number of places in the Highlands & Islands covered by Scottish Islands Explorer. Read about the appeal of the way around the shores of the north and over the Kylesku Bridge (above) on the BBC website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - likes to look over, not be overlooked
Digital Edition: can circuit the 500 in a split second

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Second Time Around?

This building may not look inspiring - the former primary school in Stromness, Orkney - but it is planned (and reported in The Orcadian) to make it the hub of a research campus. It is encouraging to think of the development of methods, products and inventive thinking here. Recent archaeological research suggests that in the Neolithic Era and later, Orcadians had cultures that were innovative.

Scottish Islands Explorer - first time around
Digital Edition: assisted by this rather special method

Monday, 9 January 2017

Cumbrae is Compact

There is something expansive about the approach to Millport, the main settlement on Cumbrae in the lower Firth of Clyde (originally located by me in the Forth!). Some 1400 residents live on the island that measures 2.5 x 1.2 miles. There is obviously room for them as well as for visitors. The house with the narrowest frontage in the world, The Wedge, provides an intensive entrance and a compact interior. Activities and accommodation details are to be found on the Cumbrae section of VisitScotland.

Scottish Islands Explorer - extensive coverage given
Digital Edition: comes in compacted form through broadband

Sunday, 8 January 2017

The Bute Appeal

As the crow flies, Bute is only 33 miles from Glasgow. In reality, it's a little further, but looking at the Visit Bute website, in general, and the gallery of images at the top of its home-page, in particular, there is much to attract visitors. If you are considering a long stay, like a career-move, then go to the website of Bruce & Co, business sales specialists.

Scottish Islands Explorer - sells well in Rothesay
Digital Edition: 33 or 3333 miles are all the same

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Arran Activities

Years ago the post, at this time of year, would contain many requested travel brochures. Such items have now migrated to the internet. So, if you are thinking of what activities take place on the Isle of Arran, they are available at the click of a button. Two are here: Scotcampus and Trip Advisor. Delve into what's on offer from such places as Glen Rosa (above) to Holy Isle (below).

Scottish Islands Explorer - covers what has gone on ...
Digital Edition: ... and is  available right now