Tuesday, 24 April 2018
The Gaelic language has its 'heartlands' in the north-west of Scotland. It has received a boost from new funding of £2.5 million for the next phase of a full Gaelic dictionary that will take up to 30 years to compile and feature some 100,000 words. Read (in English) about it on the BBC Website.
Scottish Islands Explorer - looks forward to covering its completion by 2048
Digital Edition: undoubtedly new technologies will be used in compilation
Monday, 23 April 2018
Although milk production ceased in Stornoway in 2012 and ended a long Western Isles tradition, it was only a temporary break. A 60-head herd of Guernsey and Ayrshire cattle is now producing at Moorpark Dairy in South Braggar, Isle of Lewis. Details are in The Press and Journal.
Scottish Islands Explorer - in production since 2000
Digital Edition: now supplying demand continuously
Sunday, 22 April 2018
Yesterday was viewing day for The Shed, at Tokavaig, Isle of Skye, a property designed for her own use by the architect, Mary Arnold-Foster. It is featured here by The Modern House.
Take a look at her work and locations of properties by accessing her website here. What a stimulating way to spend part of a Sunday morning ... or any day for that matter.
Scottish Islands Explorer - loves exploring properties
Digital Edition: a full-read, through the latest technologies
Saturday, 21 April 2018
Two of our most regular readers, David and Margaret Gartside, researched the internet following yesterday's blog. They discovered this Google image of The Windhouse. It, let alone the house, is haunting.
Scottish Islands Explorer - has a low fear-factor
Digital Edition: impresses with its speed of impact
Friday, 20 April 2018
One of our readers, Mark Stockdale, has sent in this 'atmospheric' image of The Windhouse, on Yell, Shetland. It is apparently among the most haunted houses in Britain. It was originally built as a laird's house and is still featured as being 'on the market' with Harper Macleod, a local estate agent.
Scottish Islands Explorer - has readers on Yell
Digital Edition: connects to houses by internet
Thursday, 19 April 2018
Digital subscribers received their copies last weekend; print-versions to subscribers started arriving from Monday; all retail outlets had been stocked by yesterday. So the May / June 2018 edition of Scottish Islands Explorer is out and there to be enjoyed. Do join in.
Scottish Islands Explorer - from £24.97 a year
Digital Edition: just £9.99 for the six issues each year
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
The atmospheric conditions at Uig Beach, Isle of Lewis, are captured here by Diane Scott and published in the BBC's Your Pictures of Scotland series. There is, as ever, an interesting range of photographs in the gallery.
Scottish Islands Explorer - the BBC series always incorporates island images
Digital Edition: would come through despite the cloud build-up
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Yesterday saw the re-introduction of a service, last seen in 2013, for the residents of Benbecula and the Uists - daily newspapers on sale in the morning. Loganair's 07.15 flight from Glasgow to Benbecula brought newspaper supplies ahead of the times linked to ferry services. See the Stornoway Gazette for details, but wonder whether in the past five years digital deliveries direct to devices must have been taken up from 04.00 daily.
Scottish Islands Explorer - not tied to such tight schedules
Digital Edition: usually days ahead of the print edition
Monday, 16 April 2018
The Norwegian wartime vessel, the recently-restored Hitra arrived at Scalloway on Friday morning as part of the anniversary of going into service, 75 years ago, with the Shetland Bus operations. Full details are in Shetland News.
Scottish Islands Explorer - in service for a quarter of that time
Digital Edition: conveys information at the speed of light
Sunday, 15 April 2018
The MBA bothy at Dibidil, Isle of Rum, was the destination of a backpacker whose blog is particularly well-illustrated. It also features on the cover and in the contents of the new Scottish Islands Explorer magazine. Copies will be in the shops on Wednesday 18 April, but digital subscribers have already received theirs. Why not consider joining them? See below.
Scottish Islands Explorer - encourages all levels of accommodation
Digital Edition: ahead of the print format