Monday, 25 July 2016

Caught on Camera

Whether you prefer Dalmore Beach waves, Isle of Lewis, by Joanne Baird or a puffin landing on the Isle of May by Eric Niven, you will probably enjoy the selection of photographs from the regular BBC website feature. Click on and get carried away.

Scottish Islands Explorer - also full of photographic perspectives
Digital Edition: get there fast through the air and waves

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Orca Watchers' Haven

The Lerwick-based photographer John Coutts, spotted these orca-watchers and the Shetland Wildlife Holiday director, Hugh Harrop, captured the orca images that appear in Shetland News. The headline includes, of course, the words ... 'Whale of a Time'. Follow the leads by clicking above.

Scottish Islands Explorer - off-shore mammals often feature
Digital Edition: no need to wait long for the version to appear

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Postellers Appeal

From city centres to seasides and islands, there are opportunities for enjoyment with Postellers YHA. The organisation has been going for 48 years and is at something of a crossroads. Thousands in London and the South-East have got out and about together, but now more leaders, members (10-14 year-olds) and funds are needed. Find out more by clicking above and here.

Scottish Islands Explorer - has introduced many to islands and beyond
Digital Edition: awareness aroused with acceleration

Friday, 22 July 2016

Arm Found

Within this complex of the archaeological site at the Ness of Brodgar, an arm bone has been excavated. It has been waiting to come to the surface of Orkney for some time. Read the account on the BBC website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - hopes to continue reaching out for decades to come
Digital Edition: within a finger's reach

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Strip, Field and Port

Yesterday we kept at ground level with a feature on the North Ronaldsay Sheep Festival. Today we take off with the flying facilities on the island - for yesterday saw the opening of a new waiting room at the terminal. The Orcadian has the report and makes a reference to the 'airport'. In the image above it is referred to as an 'airstrip'. In between must come the term 'airfield'. Any technical definitions?

Scottish Islands Explorer - aware of many landing places
Digital Edition: available through the airwaves without aircraft

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Note and Go

It's always worth looking into festival events and dates to see whether what appeals can be fulfilled. So click onto the North Ronaldsay Sheep Festival and you may be drawn to the most northerly of the Orkney group. You have nothing to lose by looking.

Scottish Islands Explorer - constantly looking around
Digital Edition: downloaded on shore or in the skies

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Flannan Anyone?

There are a few chances each year to reach the Flannan Isles and then it's possible to be thwarted by heavy swell. An opportunity appears on Saturday 30 July when a limited number of places are offered by The Islands Book Trust. Click for a trip, perhaps?

Scottish Islands Explorer - always ready to take off
Digital Edition: given the internet, available on Flannan

Monday, 18 July 2016

Sheep Maps

The Faroe Islands have some interesting terrain, flocks of sheep and ways of using them. Cameras have been strapped to their backs and film footage captured. See the BBC item and the MailOnline piece and then speculate how, for instance, Soay, Scarp, Foula or Fair Isle could be seen in a new perspective.

Scottish Islands Explorer - a new breed of readers encouraged
Digital Edition: also carries new technologies

Sunday, 17 July 2016

The Road to Elgol

Here is a photograph to lure you to Skye - on the long, twisting and highly-scenic route between Broadford and Elgol. It's a there-and-back-again road, well-worth travelling,

Scottish Islands Explorer - always scope for discovery
Digital Edition: a one-way system that takes you straight there

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Too Close for Comfort

A regular wild swimmer who has a daily dip off Lerwick was confronted with a bull orca sharing space with her. Read about this encounter in Shetland News and feel relieved that all ended safely.

Scottish Islands Explorer - does not relish meeting killer whales
Digital Edition: able to escape quickly and provide cover