Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Terns Return

Green for go; red to stop - particularly for the Little Tern of which 80 to 90 breeding pairs (5% of the British total) are to be found on the machair of the Western Isles. Read about this favoured habitat for these birds on the BBC website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - many readers keep returning
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Monday, 23 May 2016

Reviving a Racing Vole

Here is a photograph of an Orkney racing vole, The Skua, built in the early 1930s for the novelist Eric Linklater. The craft will return to being on display again at the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre after conservation. The full story is in The Orcadian, although googling the words 'skua' and 'vole' will bring up birds and beasts rather than boats!

Scottish Islands Explorer - googling will hit the spot
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Sunday, 22 May 2016

'Tight-land Walking'

This image of walkers treading the tidal strip of land to Davaar - with Ailsa Craig in the background - was taken by William McClelland and features in the new gallery of the BBC's Your Pictures of Scotland.

Scottish Islands Explorer - prefers sailing to 'tight-land walking'
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Saturday, 21 May 2016

Kidnapped130 - Off!

The adventure has started. To commemorate the 130 years since the publication of Robert Louis Stevenson's book Kidnapped, a journey of 500 miles by sail and 260 miles on foot, started yesterday from South Queensferry. Follow the progress of the 18-day venture through Kidnapped130.

Scottish Islands Explorer - has outposts en route
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Friday, 20 May 2016

The Future Is ... CalMac

The announcement was made yesterday that CalMac will retain the operation of ferry services in the Hebrides and Clyde for the next eight years. Read all about it in the BBC website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - sailed to Skye and Raasay on CalMac this week
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Thursday, 19 May 2016

I Stand Alone

Earlier this week, while on Skye, I purchased a framed photographic-print from the gallery of landscape photographer, Tim Wilcock. So this image, I Stand Alone, will soon be hanging on the wall over my desk and reminding me of Elgol, in particular, and of Skye, in general. Do go to his website and enjoy the visit.

Scottish Islands Explorer -  stands apart, but attracts attention
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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

South Uist Captured

Shona Grant grew up on South Uist and returns there annually, particularly in the winter months. Some of her photographs are here to be enjoyed. Look how she has captured the grey shore- and seascape (above) and brought out the lustre of a shade. Lochskipport (below) is a place that is static with that sinister element of decay - both captured in the image.

Scottish Islands Explorer - looks forward to presenting Shona's work
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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Suisnish on Screen

It was last week that a photograph of Suisnish was featured on this blog. I am now on Skye, but with insufficient time to visit. Here, however, is a alternative - an evocative piece of film footage of Boreraig and Suisnish on YouTube. The abandoned places come to life.

Scottish Islands Explorer - helps resurrect memories
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Monday, 16 May 2016

PS: Pleasure (on) Skye

The acclaimed PS Waverley will be coming over the sea to Skye in early June. That's 69 years to the month after its inaugural voyage and 70 years since its launch. Read about it in, and book tickets through, the West Highland Free Press.

Scottish Islands Explorer - a fraction of the pleasure steamer's age
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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Coll A Constable

Looking at you or watching out for a constable? The Crofting Commission has appointed a Constable to replace the Upper Coll Grazings Committee on the Isle of Lewis. The details are in the Stornoway Gazette.

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