Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Gin drinkers like their flavours, but juniper is the one most often mentioned. The new Isle of Harris Distillery is adding something that is locally plentiful ... seaweed. See what's happening by clicking on above.
Scottish Islands Explorer - gin and iodine now have something in common
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Some findings announced last April indicated a Pictish fort of some age and significance. The sea stack, Dunnicaer, near Stonehaven, has yielded more evidence and archaeologists are now suggesting that the original construction work took place in the Third and Fourth Centuries. Delve deeper through the BBC website.
Scottish Islands Explorer - still in minority years
Monday, 27 July 2015
The ways and means of saving whales - by this style of pontoon, for example - have encouraged donations, bringing in over £4,000 in four days. Read and see the new device that will be used on the north-west coast in this Stornoway Gazette item.
Scottish Islands Explorer - saving readers if a priority
Sunday, 26 July 2015
Saturday, 25 July 2015
Friday, 24 July 2015
The clouds are trailing over St Kilda and it is hoped that the current calm conditions will persist from the 4.00 start this morning for the relay team of swimmers making the epic journey of 60 miles. Their progress may be tracked through a Stornoway Gazette item.
Scottish Islands Explorer - has relays of writers
Thursday, 23 July 2015
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Thinking of making that significant change of life? There's an hotel for sale - the Balmacara - on the way to Skye. There is also a photographer - Lynne Kennedy - ready to record weddings which take place in the vicinity. Check out both sites for a sense of commercial or personal venture.
Scottish Islands Explorer - changes every other month
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
This may be a belated 2015 Japanese New Year card, but the Soay sheep is indicating that you could be the one for an opportunity this year. Find out about the card at Northern Light Charters and consider how you could be the person who fills that late space on a great trip taking in, perhaps, the home of the animal with the compelling gaze.
Scottish Islands Explorer - earlier offers of 4 & 5 July were taken up
Monday, 20 July 2015
'Nesophile' has come out of the common wealth of words to attract my attention. It means 'a lover of islands' and deserves wider currency. The image here is of the memorial stone which marks the deaths of Malcolm MacDonald and Murdo Mackay on North Rona. They had been banished to the island, the most remote of the British isles ever to have been settled, and so may not have been enthusiasts. The details are to be found on the blog of a real nesophile, Marc Calhoun.
Scottish Islands Explorer - a haven for nesophiles