Saturday, 27 May 2017

Roundabout Nesting

Roundabouts have a knack of attracting traffic, but not birds, especially when it comes to nesting. However, consider what are the advantages to an oystercatcher of starting a family on the busiest gyratory in Orkney. The answer could be in The Orcadian ... or not.

Scottish Islands Explorer - not known as a nesting-site
Digital Edition: more aviation than avian

Friday, 26 May 2017

Wild Swimming

The temperatures have been steadily rising this week. Soon you may want to follow in the strokes of a wild swimmer in Loch Coruisk, Skye. Read on at the BBC website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - print has to cool, but not this low
Digital Edition: take it hot off the press

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Chance to Paddle?

Next week presents opportunities to travel on the Paddle Steamer Waverley and take in Skye, Raasay and that remote corner of the mainland, the Knoydart. Read about the route and background of the vessel in the West Highland Free Press.

Scottish Islands Explorer - paddles its way through island coverage
Digital Edition: faster than jet-propelled

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Shetland Sunday

Last Sunday was, indeed, a 'sun day', particularly in Shetland. The weather was glorious. It ended in splendour with the sunset off St Ninian's Head captured by the camera of Gordon Siegel and published in Shetland News.

Scottish Islands Explorer - accustomed to evening lights
Digital Edition: always ready to cast light

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

St Kilda Challenge 2018

There's plenty to think about St Kilda - and this year's Challenge for yachts is one of the topics. Consider its background in the item that appears in the Stornoway Gazette.

Scottish Islands Explorer - keeps returning to the archipelago
Digital Edition: accessible from Hirta in the group

Monday, 22 May 2017

The Admiral's House

Read in the West Highland Free Press about the legacy of studios for artists from the estate of Vice Admiral Sir Roddy Macdonald. It's an example of one generation's interests being passed to the next and, in this case, it has happened at Brae, on Skye.

Scottish Islands Explorer - to be passed on one day
Digital Edition: very much a product of the current generation

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Arctic Terns on May

The title of today's blog sounds rather political, but it introduces birds' rituals captured by photographer, Eric Niven, on the Isle of May. It appears with a number of stunning images from the most recent BBC - Your Pictures of Scotland. Click on to be transported. Incidentally, there are 26 places named 'May' in the world, with only one 'Corbyn' and that's in Texas.

Scottish Islands Explorer - few political views, many island scenes
Digital Edition: available in all Mays and the one Corbyn

Saturday, 20 May 2017


A Saab 340 freighter aircraft had been delivered to Loganair and will be involved in the delivery of mail to and from the Northern Isles. The RMA Shetland Flyer will be reviving the 1930s tradition of using the 'RMA' title - 'Royal Mail Aeroplane'. Read on at Shetland News.

Scottish Islands Explorer - will be conveyed by this plane
Digital Edition: has helped quicken deliveries

Friday, 19 May 2017

More on a Great Mystery

Read about the production of a film based on the mystery of the lighthouse-keepers on Flannan Isle. It's documented in the Stornoway Gazette, the local paper for the island, where the original event occurred almost 110 year ago.

Scottish Islands Explorer - the magazine is no mystery, it appears!
Digital Edition: more new technologies are applied to it

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Anticipating Aurora

Lancaster University's AuroraWatch UK team is planning to construct devices in Shetland to alert people to the appearance of the Northern Lights. Read the item on the BBC website and enjoy the image above of a building controlled by the Northern Lighthouse Board. It is to the south of many in Scotland - at Barns Ness, Dunbar.

Scottish Islands Explorer - sheds light on insular features
Digital  Edition: operates through the skies