Monday, 1 September 2014

Hunda For Sale

Hunda or translated from the Old Norse, Dog Island, is for sale (£600,000 for the uninhabited island and a farmhouse on adjacent land) and the estate agent, Savills, has attracted international attention to this part of Orkney connected to nearby Burray by causeway.

The MailOnline gives it substantial treatment with text and images and the Orkney Image Library provides details of its history, particularly in the Second World War when the team below built the causeway. This gave access to a substantial store of ammunition.

Scottish Islands Explorer - pleased to promote; keen to connect

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Loch Seaforth En Route

Compare the image above of what the new MV Loch Seaforth will look like and the photograph of her sailing from Flensberg, Germany, to Odense, Denmark, during the final phase of her construction. More information is available through the Stornoway Gazette.

Scottish Islands Explorer - ready to board when delivery made

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Caving Climax

Clear blue skies above, at Esha Ness in Shetland; dark and cavernous below;

the ways and and means of access allows penetration to what is thought to

be Britain's largest cave. Take in the item on the BBC website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - literally, in this case

Friday, 29 August 2014

Summer Ends; Now Dancing

This wintry scene of the Northern Lights is not a harbinger of swiftly changing conditions, but a reminder that the days of Summer are drawing to a close. An item in The Orcadian reflects on the appearance of 'The Merry Dancers' over Rousay yesterday. It forecasts that there could  be frequent activities in the night skies during the next few weeks.

Scottish Islands Explorer - is active every eight weeks

Thursday, 28 August 2014

No Water Stops Play

There's plenty of sea-water around Colonsay, but the island's piped water ran short when the 'Ice Bucket' craze took off. The MailOnline reports.

There were sufficient supplies in Stornoway, however, to drench both the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and his wife, who took part in the charity challenge. Read about their escapade in the Stornoway Gazette.

Scottish Islands Explorer - supplies remain undiminished

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Animal Associations

The Norse explorers would sometimes link a smaller, associated island to its larger neighbour with an animal association. Hence the Calf of Eday (above right and below) and the Horse of Copinsay - both in the Orkney group. Calf Sound can be a particularly spectacular and dangerous stretch of water

with Grey Head evident in both above images, adjacent to Red Head on Eday. The smaller island has not been inhabited in modern times, although a chambered tomb (below) and an Iron Age House are to be found on its southern shore. Orcadians would have had a taste for the 600-acre island as its now redundant saltworks supplied the surrounding area.

Scottish Islands Explorer - also provides a taste of islands

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Scenery Slideshow

Here's a glimpse of Reef Beach, Lewis, as a prelude to a slideshow of local scenes in the August series of readers' photographs from the Stornoway Gazette. The adverts may have to be endured before the images are enjoyed.

Scottish Islands Explorer - is always image conscious

Monday, 25 August 2014

Scarp Settings

The slipway at Huisinish is quite a drive from the Tarbert - Stornoway road, but it provides an entry to sheltered waters, with Scarp beyond and, in the distance the hills of West Lewis.

The beach above is opposite Scarp and the one below is on the island itself. Home-owners are permitted to stay there until the Autumn when the place becomes depopulated as happened in December 1971 when its last permanent residents left.

Scottish Islands Explorer - likes the settlements beyond the road

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Fly Orkney

The history of civil and military flying will be the focus of the five-day Orkney Aviation Festival to be held from 10 - 14 September. There will be references to the world's shortest - the scheduled flights between Westray and Papa Westray as well as to the contrast - between the ancient and and the innovative with the Old Man of Hoy being closely monitored by a Loganair Islander. More details are in an item from The Orcadian.

Scottish Islands Explorer - a frequent flyer when delivered

Saturday, 23 August 2014

CalMac Ticket Concepts

This CalMac ferry looks young beside the ancient rocks. The tickets for getting on board one of the more popular crossings (below) will soon look out-of-date as a new system is soon to be introduced. Read about the concepts for e-ticketing and mobile technology for booking in a Stornoway Gazette item.

Scottish Islands Explorer - has its own digital issue