Thursday, 8 October 2015

False Catshark

Here is an unusual specie - a false catshark caught in the Indian Ocean. Turn to the pages of the West Highland Free Press to see one that was captured, surveyed and relesed 40 miles to the west of St Kilda at a depth of about 3000'.

Scottish Islands Explorer - pleased that its readers are not rare

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Jenny Gilbertson

There will be an opportunity to view screenings of some of the work of pioneer film-maker, Jenny Gilbertson (1902 -90) at Shetland venues on Sunday and Thursday of next week. She focused her attention on 'Northern Outposts' - from Shetland to the tundra areas of Canada. An assignment at Grisefiord, 900 miles into the Arctic Circle, was undertaken by her, aged 76. Details of the film events are in Shetland News.

Scottish Islands Explorer - also features northern outposts

Tuesday, 6 October 2015


Researchers from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, will be presenting an exhibition and investigating people's views about the social, cultural and historic significance of Kirkwall Airport and the communities that it serves. There will be some who recall the days when it was RAF Grimsetter, as in the post-Second World War image above, and others for whom 'changing planes at Grimsetter' (the title of the photograph below) was a significant event in their lives. The details are outlined in The Orcadian.

Scottish Islands Explorer - links the past and present

Monday, 5 October 2015

Post Ice-Age

An archaeological dig at Staffin, Skye, has yielded many finds which give a glimpse of the lives of the first settlers following the Ice Age. Insights are available through an item in the West Highland Free Press.

Scottish Islands Explorer - looks above and below

Sunday, 4 October 2015

North-West to Westminster

The discoverer of the North-West Passage, Dr John Rae, will be honoured at a service in Westminster Abbey today. The Orkney-born explorer's achievements are featured in The Orcadian.

Scottish Islands Explorer - acknowledges a hero

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Grind of the Navir

Climbing the Grind of the Navir in Shetland can be undertaken safely only in calm conditions. Take a look at what things are like when it's not.

Scottish Islands Explorer - appears in all weathers

Friday, 2 October 2015

Gaelic Stats

The 2011 Census has revealed significant information about the extent of the Gaelic language in Scotland. Details are to be found in the Stornoway Gazette.

Scottish Islands Explorer - remains monolinguistic

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Ringing Up Numbers

There are times when the old phone boxes look neglected. However this one -on Canna - came into its own recently when big numbers started ringing up. Go to The Scotsman.

Scottish Islands Explorer - use or lose, like everything

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Hearach

Here's the Harris Distillery in its latter stages of construction. Now it's complete, whisky production is underway and The Hereach, its first brand, will be ready in four years time. Gin production takes around four days and so the liquor with a seaweed additive will be marketed much sooner. Hold up your glasses to the BBC website for more information.

Scottish Islands Explorer - four years means 24 issues

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Sun and Ice

The Summer managed to give the Western and Northern Isles something of a miss this year. However, something has been happening in the North, with an Aberdeenshire company producing something of a paradox. Mac Mackie of, guess, Mackie's Ice Cream, is pictured leaning against one of the 7000 solar panels that his company deploys in the the creation of power to make four million litres of ice cream. An account of this phenomenon appears in The Press and Journal.

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