Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Seaweed for Gin?

Gin drinkers like their flavours, but juniper is the one most often mentioned. The new Isle of Harris Distillery is adding something that is locally plentiful ... seaweed. See what's happening by clicking on above.

Scottish Islands Explorer - gin and iodine now have something in common

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

1700 Years and Counting

Some findings announced last April indicated a Pictish fort of some age and significance. The sea stack, Dunnicaer, near Stonehaven, has yielded more evidence and archaeologists are now suggesting that the original construction work took place in the Third and Fourth Centuries. Delve deeper through the BBC website.

Scottish Islands Explorer -  still in minority years

Monday, 27 July 2015

Saving Devices

The ways and means of saving whales - by this style of pontoon, for example - have encouraged donations, bringing in over £4,000 in four days. Read and see the new device that will be used on the north-west coast in this Stornoway Gazette item.

Scottish Islands Explorer - saving readers if a priority

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Opening Up

The opening up of part of a famous archaeological site finished yesterday and Open Days for the public now begin. See The Orcadian for details.

Scottish Islands Explorer - get exploring beneath the surface

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Shetland Show

Shore by David Sinclair is one of the images featured at the Islesburgh Photographic Club's exhibition covered by Shetland News.

Scottish Islands Explorer - often looks north for inspiration

Friday, 24 July 2015

Trailing and Tracking

The clouds are trailing over St Kilda and it is hoped that the current calm conditions will persist from the 4.00 start this morning for the relay team of swimmers making the epic journey of 60 miles. Their progress may be tracked through a Stornoway Gazette item.

Scottish Islands Explorer - has relays of writers

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Head in the Clouds

For a sustained display of noctilucent clouds, a place to be is Rousay, Orkney, in the company of John Vetterlein.

Scottish Islands Explorer - worth looking up

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Significant Skye Steps

Thinking of making that significant change of life? There's an hotel for sale - the Balmacara - on the way to Skye. There is also a photographer - Lynne Kennedy - ready to record weddings which take place in the vicinity. Check out both sites for a sense of commercial or personal venture.

Scottish Islands Explorer - changes every other month

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Are You The One?

This may be a belated 2015 Japanese New Year card, but the Soay sheep is indicating that you could be the one for an opportunity this year. Find out about the card at Northern Light Charters and consider how you could be the person who fills that late space on a great trip taking in, perhaps, the home of the animal with the compelling gaze.

Scottish Islands Explorer - earlier offers of 4 & 5 July were taken up

Monday, 20 July 2015


'Nesophile' has come out of the common wealth of words to attract my attention. It means 'a lover of islands' and deserves wider currency. The image here is of the memorial stone which marks the deaths of Malcolm MacDonald and Murdo Mackay on North Rona. They had been banished to the island, the most remote of the British isles ever to have been settled, and so may not have been enthusiasts. The details are to be found on the blog of a real nesophile, Marc Calhoun.

Scottish Islands Explorer - a haven for nesophiles