Monday, 24 April 2017

Shape of Some Surf

It all looks so easy, especially the eating! Sanitised surfing is available in some leisure complexes and a Shetland company is trialling a machine to recreate the experience. Take a look - and a video trip - through Shetland Times.

Scottish Islands Explorer - some would say the print issue is the real thing
Digital Edition: others would disagree and recommend the ether issue

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Hebridean Happiness

This couple photographed on their wedding day on Bernera, Isle of Lewis, do have a reasonable chance of living happily-ever-after. The Office for National Statistics surveyed all parts of the UK and the highest number of people declaring themselves to be happy was in the Outer Hebrides. Read more in The Press and Journal.

Scottish Islands Explorer - our circulation figures suggest contentment
Digital Edition: available at a pleasing speed

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Skye High

The Scottish Colourist with an international artistic reputation, Cara McKinnon Crawford, has many links with Scottish islands and now with Scottish Islands Explorer. Take a look at her, above, and then at her work through a page of the magazine's website. Peruse the paintings and, perhaps, purchase them, the Fine Art Cards or the remarkable 17-minute DVD of some of the locations that have inspired her. It's appropriately-called Skye High.

Scottish Islands Explorer -  low on the Highlands; high on the Islands
Digital Edition: comes from high 'in the clouds'

Friday, 21 April 2017

Hebridean Blackhouses

These blackhouses certainly look that against the fields at Arnol on the Isle of Lewis. To have insights into the topic, go to the Hebridean Blackhouses item on the Hidden Europe blog. They are put into context.

Scottish Islands Explorer - the way they lived recorded every other month
Digital Edition: very much the way we live now

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Property Powers Up

Here are two items on a vibrant part of the UK's property market. The house above, on Burra, Shetland, is featured in the Daily Express, while the Financial Times analyses why this locality has been so powerful in raising prices in the last year - up 26%.

Scottish Islands Explorer - likes people looking up things
Digital Edition: powers remarkably fast access

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Ready for You

Over the Easter Weekend the latest edition of Scottish Islands Explorer - May / June 2017 - was delivered to subscribers and appeared on retailers' shelves throughout the country. Why not take a look - via the digital edition - or take out a subscription - through the secure payment facility on the website?

Scottish Islands Explorer - available here in the print format
Digital Edition: downloaded and available here much more quickly

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The Island Spirit

Here is a recently-published book, The Island Spirit, with the sub-title, Living with the Tides on the Western Isles, proudly presented by the photographer and author, Jorg Waste. Dipping into it will be time well-spent. Access as well as the opportunity to purchase are here.

Scottish Islands Explorer - has featured Jorg's work
Digital Edition: access and opportunity as well

Monday, 17 April 2017

Working Waves

It's good to learn, on a Bank Holiday, of the achievement of a turbine successfully working for our benefit. Read in The Orcadian about the new attainments of a large device of Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd. Gradually SWET - solar, wind, earth and tidal-  sources are replacing fossil fuels as driving forces in British energy supplies.

Scottish Islands Explorer - a primary source of local information
Digital Edition: powers the provision of publictions

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Go on West, to Vatersay

The image resembles rail tracks, but they are on Vatersay, below Barra on the Hebridean chain, and the photograph is actually of a beach decking-path. Yesterday's item was from Hidden Europe and that's today's link as well. It points to several aspects of the island and to the most westernmost occupied house in Scotland (below).

Scottish Islands Explorer - covers all points and many properties
Digital Edition: reaches Hidden Europe quickly

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Gateways to Barra

Hidden Europe is a magazine that is well worth considering as a source of interesting information. Take a dip into its blog, Letter from Europe, for a taste of its style. Go direct to a recent feature, Notes from a Hebridean Island, for insights into Barra, the island in the south of the Western Isles. So there are actually four gateways above - for a destination, for multiple observations, for considering a continent and ... for the beach.

Scottish Islands Explorer - new issue out on 18 April
Digital Edition: the gateway for early access