Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Sand and Skye

When Skye ultra-athlete, Donnie Campbell, and his running partner, Dr Andrew Murray, were completing an epic run in Nambia last month, they could have suffered from delusions about the landscape. Above is the Namib Desert and below are the Red Cuillins. The full details of their remarkable run are in an item in the West Highland Free Press.

Scottish Islands Explorer - seen as read

Monday, 2 March 2015

Sharing Walks

Walking is either a singular pursuit or a shared pleasure. An author, John Fergusson, is returning to Orkney in April to begin compiling a series of walks. He would like residents and visitors to tell him about their favourites in order for them to be shared with others. Go first to The Orcadian to read the full story and to contact the author.

Scottish Islands Explorer - features walks in most issues

Sunday, 1 March 2015

A Compelling Compilation

For a few years, in the 1850s, two men became enthusiastic about photography and soon became eminent in this pioneering field in mid-Victorian times. Their compelling images, compiled in a new book, focused mainly on Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Iona and Orkney. Dr Thomas Keith and John Forbes White specialised in their respective careers, as a surgeon and miller plus art collector, and actually became brothers-in-law. The finely-produced 144-page hardback book, pictured above and produced in a strictly limited edition of 500 copies, has recently been self-published by the Scottish-born Professor John Hannavy. It is only available directly through him at the attractive price of £20 plus postage and packing from £4 (for UK mailings) and upwards. Contact John Hannavy for full details.

Scottish Islands Explorer - will it be re-produced in 160 years time?

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Kilda at Uig

Here's the land gifted for the prospective St Kilda Centre at Uig, Lewis. Here, in the Stornoway Gazette, is a report on an aspect of progress for the project.

Scottish Islands Explorer - regularly features the archipelago

Friday, 27 February 2015

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Shetland Seal Freed

There are some compelling images of a young seal being freed after being trapped on a North Mainland beach in Shetland - via the Daily Mail website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - released every two months

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Landmark Illuminated

The Northern Lights provide an impressive background to the well-known Orkney landmark, the Italian Chapel on Lambholm. Take a look at The Orcadian and the work of its staff photographer, Tom O'Brien.

Scottish Islands Explorer - can always rely on a lively background

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Who's Counting?

Question: Who's counting the best beaches in Britain? Answer: Those who connect with TripAdvisor. Luskentyre, Harris, has been placed in eighth position which is certainly high considering its number of visitors is relatively low. The West Highland Free Press reports on the matter. The top three beaches were considered to be Woolacombe, Devon; Weymouth, Dorset; Rhossili, West Glamorgan.

Scottish Islands Explorer - striving to be the top island magazine

Monday, 23 February 2015

Supertides Superseded?

The BBC item on the weekend of 'supertides' has not been replaced by news of damage and distress, especially in the Scottish islands. The phenomenon is explained in the Met Office News Blog and details of tides around the British coast are available from the National Tidal and Sea Level Facility.

Scottish Islands Explorer - plenty of scope for observations about water

Sunday, 22 February 2015

A First Thursday

It was on Thursday 20 February 1472 that Orkney and Shetland joined Scotland. The Scotsman has feature article on the event and Julian Paren took this photograph of The Noup, Foula, just over 50 years ago. It is a piece of landscape that has remained unaltered since then, despite fierce weather on occasions, and during the previous 543 years.

Scottish Islands Explorer - often first appears on a Thursday