Saturday, 22 November 2014

Contrasting Crossings


The MV Dagalien conveys passengers to and from Mainland Shetland and Yell throughout the day and into the evening. Some crossings are sedate and calm - as this YouTube clip suggests, and some are livelier - as a fully illustrated report from the Daily Mail indicates.

Scottish Islands Explorer - likes to strike up the band

Friday, 21 November 2014

Uttermost of Extremes


Captain Ronnie Maclean, from Lewis, has been accustomed to some remote places and positions. None more so than the most southerly recorded into the Antarctic's Ross Sea, achieved last January and recently appearing in the Guinness Book of Records. The details are in the Daily Record and a video of some of the scenes encountered is on the website of the Stornoway Gazette.

Scottish Islands Explorer - sales, not sails, throughout the world

Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Uig Hub


The road curves down the hill, around the bay and ends at Uig Pier, Skye. It appears peaceful enough here in this image - particularly with no ships in sight - but from 22 February - 7 April Uig will become something of a hub. Owing to improvement work on docking facilities at Ullapool, there will be a passenger-only service to and from there and Stornoway. Vehicle and freight carrying will be on two separate services on the Stornoway - Uig route. The crossings from Uig to Lochmaddy and Tarbert will continue unaffected. The Stornoway Gazette has the details of this six-week amendment to CalMac's changes.

Scottish Islands Explorer - services uninterrupted ... all being well

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Kit-free for Tiree


The above image was staged by a PR company in 2009 in an attempt to promote a surfing competition on Tiree. It appeared ... and did the trick. The image below also has natural attractions and indicates why Tiree has become something of the 'Hawaii of the Hebrides'. Residents of the island are aware that the popularity of the sport leads to crowded ferries and over-demand for seats on aircraft, especially in the summer months. Taking kit off may get your picture around the world, but it won't secure a ticket to Tiree.


Scottish Islands Explorer - covers waves, boards and beaches

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Foula or Corfu?


The Noup - a fine feature of Foula - looks imposing at any time of year. However, staying on Foula, the most remote permanently-settled of the British isles, requires some planning and around now is when it can well be done for next. The crofthouse bungalow, Leraback, could be a place to begin looking. If you want an alternative, by name only, then there is the Villa Foula ... in Corfu.They're somewhat different!


Scottish Islands Explorer - its preferences lie northward

Monday, 17 November 2014

Saved from the Water


The waters of North Uist are either of the wide sea or from its many inland lochs. These photographs, taken from a 1946 Auster aircraft, show how extensive they are. Recently a prehistoric basket was retrieved on the shore and it has now been been sent for analysis. The first suggestions are that it is 3,500 years old. The Stornoway Gazette item supplies more details.


Scottish Islands Explorer - preserved in a CD Archive

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Beauty and the Beach


This image of Luskentyre Beach, Harris, serves as a good introduction to a regular Slideshow that appears each week in the Stornoway Gazette. Readers are invited to send in their photographs of the 'beautiful islands'.

Scottish Islands Explorer - panoramas, places and people

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Massive Metalwork


The Fetlar Bronze Armlet (below) was found at Brough Lodge (above) as part of a hoard in 1772. It dates from a period in the latter part of the Iron Age when there was a 'massive metalwork' phase evident in the north of Scotland. It became part of a collection in the University of Cambridge, but will be on view at the Shetland Museum, Lerwick until 20 January 2015. The full story of this intricate, hinged piece of body armour is to be found in Shetland News.


Scottish Islands Explorer - requires a different type of craftsmanship

Friday, 14 November 2014

Through the Lens


Make a note - Saturday 29 November at the Kildonan Museum, South Uist - of a presentation - Through the Lens - of the photographs of Margaret Fay Shaw. This is an evening, promoted by the Islands Book Trust, in the company of Professor Hugh Cheape and others. Be prepared by reading his obituary in The Independent of the late musicologist, photographer and writer who died, aged 101, in 2004.

Scottish Islands Explorer - will be that age in 2101

Thursday, 13 November 2014

North Way to Norway


A new service opens later this month - the Bergen Air Transport link to Sumburgh, Shetland. A 12-seater Beechcraft plane will be used for both business and leisure passengers to and from Bergen and it will re-establish some of the connections that go back centuries before flying. Why not consider a couple of weeks in the Northern Isles and a long weekend in Norway? Some of the details are to be found in a BBC website item.


Scottish Islands Explorer - seeking connections between communities