Friday, 27 March 2015

Junction for Tagon

Tagon Stores, Shetland, is on a significant junction where you take, if heading north, the left route for Brae and beyond or the right for ferries to Yell, Fetlar and Unst. The successful shop itself is at a commercial junction with new owners about to acquire it. The story is in Shetland News.

Scottish Islands Explorer - crosses a new junction every eight weeks

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Depicting Light

An image by Eve Graham, from Lewis, has been selected from over 21,000 to be in the top ten of the Velux 'Lovers of Light' competition. Look at her Lewis Black House and an account of the event in the Stornoway Gazette.

Scottish Islands Explorer - its readers tend to love light

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Church to Community Centre

Investment in vessels has obviously taken place in Grimsay Harbour. Now plans are afoot to raise funds to convert the former Free Church building into a community centre. The Stornoway Gazette has the details.

Scottish Islands Explorer - some change of use here

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Shared Journeys

It's now six years since these pupils from Papa Westray were photographed using the world's shortest scheduled flight that serves the neighbouring island of Westray and their school. However, they may have memories of the four times a week experience of the two-minute crossing undertaken while the ferry-boat was out-of-action. If so, there could be a suitable account for a project being run by the Scottish Book Trust which features Journeys. It's all a matter of 'inspiring readers and writers'.

Scottish Islands Explorer - shares the same trade

Monday, 23 March 2015

... or Chapel Going?

There was an opportunity yesterday to take a look into a primitive, natural church on South Rona. Today the focus is on North Rona and its Chapel - said to be the third oldest existing place of worship in Britain.

Take a look at the gallery of North Rona images presented by Charles Tait and at his website featuring his publications about the Northern Islands.

Scottish Islands Explorer - takes you places ... in comfort

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Going to Church ... Cave?

When South Rona was fully inhabited there was a demand by congregations for places of worship. Until the 1930s there were services in the Church Cave where the stone pews were certainly hard-wearing. An account of a visit is towards the end of a finely-illustrated account of a journey in walkhighlands and the photograph here was taken by Marc Calhoun, with his wife, Shawna, anticipating, perhaps, a sermon! Marc has visited the island some five times and his blog focuses on many of its features.

Scottish Islands Explorer - supports the Church of Congregational Comforts

Saturday, 21 March 2015

From Eclipse to New Light

Yesterday saw the shadow of the moon cast over the Isle of Lewis; today its Arnol Blackhouse is depicted in a new light. Go to the BBC website to see what 3D imaging technology can do.

Scottish Islands Explorer - spreads new light every eight weeks

Friday, 20 March 2015

Bark Worse Than Bite

The Viking ships, and their sailors, must have made a terrifying impact wherever they landed. However, their influence on indigenous populations was not as long lasting as once thought. Orkney residents, for example,  have some Norse DNA coding in their genetic make-up, but its limited to 25%. New studies are featured in a BBC website item.

Scottish Islands Explorer - a pedigree publication?

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Looking Up

It's a week for 'looking up' in the United Kingdom - with a fine show of the Northern Lights, a near total eclipse of the sun and George Osborne's assessment of the British economy. The photograph, by Euan Finlayson, is of Oban on what looks like a celebration of St Patrick's Day. There's a good array of Aurora Borealis images in a compilation to be found on Flipbook.

Scottish Islands Explorer - always trying to look out for interesting items

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Top Tourism

When Norse sailors first saw Muckle Flugga, the lighthouse was about a thousand years away from being constructed. It has become the most northerly building in Britain.

The replica Viking ship at the north end of Unst continues to attract attention and Tom Morton, the broadcaster and editor of Shetland Life has been appointed the island's tourism development officer for six months. He looks forward to promoting a top destination. Shetland Times reports on his intentions. 

Scottish Islands Explorer - has a vested interest in such promotional work