Monday, 28 July 2014

A Significant Number

Some members of the Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club worked relentlessly for 24 hours in an international competition with their morse- and voice-transmitters. Between 13.00 on Saturday until 13.00 yesterday they occupied a site on Gigha and managed, from this island, to make contact with 1314 other islands worldwide. The results of the competition will not be known for some time, but all participants from the Ayrshire club were pleased with the tally they achieved on air.

Scottish Islands Explorer - Would like to sell one copy on each of the islands  

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Gaelic Decline

The welcome in Gaelic is becoming weaker in the Islands, apparently, Read the West Highland Free Press article for insights into the trend.

Scottish Islands Explorer - alas, no bi-lingual issue being planned

Saturday, 26 July 2014

After Rockall

There is an informative account in the Stornoway Gazette, of Nick Hancock's departure from Rockall and his arrival, by Kilda Cruises, at Leverburgh. Is this a rare image of Helen's Reef, the usually submerged rock off the iset where Nick survived for a record-breaking 45 days?

Scottish Islands Explorer - interested in reefs off islets

Friday, 25 July 2014

Watercolour Music

Mary Ann Kennedy and Scott Macmillan: Aiseag on Saturday 2 August 2014  21.30  Main Auditorium Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

New Music Biennial 2014: Mary Ann Kennedy/Watercolour Music     
Strings of Scottish Festival Orchestra; Inverness Gaelic Choir
Mary Ann Kennedy and Scott Macmillan: Aiseag (The Ferryboat) for seven musicians, string orchestra & chorus.

Commissioned by Watercolour Music Aiseag (The Ferryboat) is connection. A lifelong fascination creates a journey between the Highlands and Canada's Gaelic diaspora. Electronica and found sound, Cape Breton and Scottish Highland musicians, a Gaelic choir and a Glasgow string section all aboard with composers Mary Ann Kennedy and Scott Macmillan, audio designer Nick Turner and poet, Aonghas MacNeacail.

Here are the details of a concert and above is an image of Cape Breton Bay. So check out the photographs of Declan McCullagh.

Scottish Islands Explorer - aware of colours and sounds of the sea 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Wild Cats' Home?

One of the few havens for the Scottish Wildcat is the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and at its hub is the island of Carna. Endeavours to preserve the species continue and are reported on in this BBC item

Scottish Islands Explorer - keen to conserve and preserve

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Following On

The current, July /August 2014, issue of Scottish Islands Explorer has the Sumburgh Lighthouse complex on its front cover. Yesterday it was visited by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, as part of his first official visit to Shetland. The last time a serving British Prime Minister came to the island was 34 years ago. A full report on what was a 'surprise' appears in Shetland News.

Scottish Islands Explorer - the PM follows SIE

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Restoration Work

One of our regular blog-observers has sent in a recommendation - for the photographic restoration work of Richard Haines. Here are some of his images of Colonsay and here at

 PhotographsForever are the details of the services available. Giving old images a new lease of life for record-keeping or memory-stirring has so much to offer.

Scottish Islands Explorer - cherishes records and memories

Monday, 21 July 2014

Faray Brought Near

Faray was featured in this blog some weeks ago. It now makes a welcome return through the lens of Premysl Fojtu, an amateur photographer based in Kirkwall. Take a look at his work through his Facebook entry. Be transported.

Scottish Islands Explorer - accustomed to looking through the lens

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Going ... Gone?

Here's a house that has 19 acres around it and then sea. In 1986 it was for sale at £40,000; on 19 April 2012 it was featured on this site in an item 'Modern a Way'; then on 31 May 2014 it was on rightmove when advertised at £550,000. See what you think and do let us know if Gigalum moved ... in the property market, that is.

Scottish Islands Explorer - does / did the house command the price?

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Built to Last

When constructions have been made on Hoy - the 'high island' - in Orkney there has been a longevity about them. Work on Dwarfie's Stane (below) relates to the era of 5000 years ago.

The house at Rackwick has been brought up-to-date, but probably was commenced a couple of hundred years in the past. Now there is talk of reviving the oil tanks built in the Hoy hillside for protection during

the Second World War. Northern Oils, from Banff, will be investigating whether these 60-year-old facilities, which appear to be in remarkably good condition, can have their usage revived. Continue with The Orcadian report. 

Scottish Islands Explorer - some 15 years of information in store