Sunday, 18 February 2018

The Decca on the Market


The Decca was originally built as a navigational signalling station at the top end of the Isle of Lewis.It served its purpose and has been converted, over the years, into a 12-bedroomed accommodation complex with restaurant facilities. It's for sale and offers a unique business and lifestyle opportunity with a distinctive name plus a memorable address - 'Lionel, Ness, Lewis'. Full details are with the appropriately-named PrimeLocation.

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Saturday, 17 February 2018

At the End of a Journey


Imagine you have been tramping through the many trackless sections of the east coast of South Uist and have past the lighthouse at Ushinish (below). The only place to stay is the MBA's bothy (above) and what a welcome sight it would be. It's mentioned in an item in the website of the Gatliff Hostels through which there is access to an article in the Country Diary series of The Guardian. Take the screen trail.


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Friday, 16 February 2018

New Connections


There's an innovative venture being set up to bring together details of the maritime knowledge that is scattered throughout the Northern Isles. Remember that it's difficult on Shetland to be more than three miles from the sea. Look at the 'New Connections' item about the move to create awareness of the wealth of historical interest, some of which is in danger of being lost. Take, for instance, Baltasound Pier once the terminal of the 2'6" gauge Hagstone Chromate Railway. It was a shortlived feature on Unst with an existence from 1907 until 1937.

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

More Atlantic Links


Yesterday's blog highlighted links between distant Atlantic communities. Seumas Morrison, who owns SeaHarris, commented on the item and related how his first vessel, Enchanted Isle, which served St Kilda for day-visits, was sold to a company in Jamestown, St Helena. For details of the similarly-named craft now operating out of Tarbert, Harris, click here.


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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

A World Away ... Yet



Tristan da Cunha, (above), in the South Atlantic almost mid-way between South Africa and South America, is a world away from St Kilda (below), in the North Atlantic some 41 miles off the Isle of Lewis, and yet they have a number of things in common. One of them was discovered by someone who knows both remote islands, Alasdair MacEachen, the Chairman of The Islands Book Trust. Here is his account of an unexpected encounter.



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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Digital Delivered


The March / April 2018 edition of Scottish Islands Explorer has been printed and the mailing process started. However, the Digital Edition has been delivered to subscribers who prefer to pay £9.99 for a year's supply online. Why not consider joining them?

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Monday, 12 February 2018

Jura ... on Mars


Here's a creature which knows the landscape that many will immediately identify as Jura. However, most people would not be aware that some of the geological formations on Mars are named after this island as well as Rona, Scalpay and other Scottish places. By chance, photographs taken by NASA's Rover, Curiosity, have yielded some interesting connections with crystal formations found on Jura, Earth. Read about it on the BBC website and look at panoramic views of the landscape of the Red Planet through the Mail Online.

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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Hall of Gorn, Holm


If you are looking for an old farmhouse and outbuildings, with 57 acres in a prime rural location, plus views over Scapa Flow, then consider offering over £250k. For this you would acquire a property with a distinctive name, the Hall of Gorn, Holm. The last occupants left in the 1980s and although the walls are sound, the buildings are uninhabitable. The details are here and action through the Orkney Auction Mart is required by the end of the upcoming working-week. The Orcadian carries the necessary timings.

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Saturday, 10 February 2018

The Million Mark


We need to go back to 11 May 2011 when I started this daily blog. I indicated then that I had been visiting the Scottish islands for some 25 years and writing for Scottish Islands Explorer for eight. Now I have owned and edited the magazine for eight years and produced, so far, 2468 items on consecutive days. Yesterday marked one million visits to the blog since that day in '11. Onwards and upwards ... like the aircraft using Barra Airport.

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Friday, 9 February 2018

Much for Bucks on Yell


Here's a substantial property looking for offers of over £169k. It's on Yell, Shetland, and commands both facilities and views. Take a closer look at Brough House. It could revolutionise your lifestyle.

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