Saturday, 24 June 2017
People look at islands in different ways. This photograph of three lochans on Tanera Mor is to promote Wild Swimming. However, the exhibition at the Rhue Gallery, Ullapool, features the work of Kevin Percival who was employed on the Summer Isles and whose images of people and places are captivating. See a preview on the BBC website.
Scottish Islands Explorer - exhibits itself every two months
Digital Edition: always available
Friday, 23 June 2017
The vintage bus, a Bedford OB, which left Norwich for Lerwick, Shetland, last week, has reached Kirkwall, Orkney. It was covered on this blog, but now read more about the venture in The Orcadian.
Scottish Islands Explorer - gets around the country as well
Digital Edition: take a tour of the website yourself
Thursday, 22 June 2017
What is today the Youth Hostel on the Old Scapa Road in Kirkwall, had been opened in the Second World War for postal and communications staff. However, in 1947 its use changed and part of it became a hostel for girls from the outlying Orkney islands attending school in the town. At a special lunch, former residents recalled their time in the accommodation supervised by a 'formidable but kind' matron. The Orcadian covered the event.
Scottish Islands Explorer - more accustomed to boarding ferries
Digital Edition: has its own communications hub
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
The BBC website has a fine collection of images of sunsets throughout Scotland taken recently. The one shown is from the Loch of Clumly, Stromness, Orkney, by Graham Lyon.
Scottish Islands Explorer - often looks to islands in the west
Digital Edition: also 'in the clouds'
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Conditions look placid on, around and above Rockall from the photograph. Recent research has revealed much about the underwater features and marine eco-systems below this most remote of islets and its adjacent rocks and reefs. Dive into a new world here.
Scottish Islands Explorer - appreciates all dimensions
Digital Edition: Rockall provides interest but no sales
Monday, 19 June 2017
Here is one of the first sights of Papa Stour, Shetland, for those arriving on the ferry. It's the waiting room and adjacent camp-site. So visitors are certain to boost the island numbers substantially as the resident population is now down to eight. Take a closer look at what there is to see and learn about the fascinating place from the blog, A Lifetime of Islands.
Scottish Islands Explorer - likes to see numbers boosted
Digital Edition: steadily building its base
Sunday, 18 June 2017
Saturday, 17 June 2017
This is an ultimate shot - of Muckle Flugga Lighthouse and of Out Stack beyond - the most northerly parts of Britain. The photograph is by Terry Mooney, employed as a search and rescue winch operator on the Shetland Coastguard's helicopter. You could soon be seeing this destination yourself - for a newly-delivered tour-boat, the 42ft Compass Rose, has reached Yell and will soon be operating in these waters. Read about its proposed ventures in Shetland News.
Scottish Islands Explorer - takes you the distance
Digital Editions: serves all parts of the globe
Friday, 16 June 2017
Scottish Islands Explorer - do take a look
Digital Edition: it's yours in an instant
Thursday, 15 June 2017
For that sense of stimulation by a property and inspiration about a residence, go to Rural Design Architects, the Skye-based practice, and their creation, The Deck House, at Waternish.
Scottish Islands Explorer - a magazine with views
Digital Edition: designed especially for you
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
It is 20 years since the community buyout of Eigg, one of the Small Isles. Time to toast the event and to take a look at the many interesting facts related on the BBC website - none more so than the rise in population from 64 to 100.
Scottish Islands Explorer - a fine percentage increase in sales that would be
Digital Edition: available on Eigg
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
In 1986, 18 junior members of the South Dartmoor Cyclists' Touring Club undertook a tour of Scotland and one of them took this photograph of Stockinish Youth Hostel, South Harris. It had doubled as a primary school and temporary hostel in the 1960s and '70s, but has long closed. An account of the tour, however, is available on the club's website. Anyone who has memories of the Gairloch (below) and Ratagan SYHA Hostels on the Mainland should consider the West Highland Free Press article that draws attention to their 85th anniversaries.
Scottish Islands Explorer - those cyclists were real explorers
Digital Edition: for fast access with copies not for recycling
Monday, 12 June 2017
Ten experts on British coasts were asked to submit what they considered to be fine walks and they appeared in Saturday's edition of the Daily Telegraph. Among them was Madeleine Bunting's description of the Isle of Eigg (above), with a reference to its old village of Cleadake (below) captured here by the Birmingham-based photographer, Mark Holland. His portfolio is well worth seeing.
Scottish Islands Explorer - provides plenty of scope for walking
Digital Edition: let your fingers walk over the keys to connect
Sunday, 11 June 2017
Peter Fletcher, a music producer, has long had a dream of being able to produce sound waves within earshot of sea waves. This 'aural vision' was particular felt when he resided in Nottingham, a city far from the ocean. Now the fantasy is about to come reality with the near-completion of his music studio in the former crab-processing factory at Kirkibost, Great Bernera, Isle of Lewis. The West Highland Free Press has the story.
Scottish Islands Explorer - makes a sound on delivery
Digital Edition: delivers silently and at speed
Saturday, 10 June 2017
This Bedford OB bus is 67-years-old and started its working life in Shetland. The vintage vehicle will be returning to some of its original routes, leaving Norfolk for the long journey on Monday. Read about the outing and the people involved in Shetland News.
Scottish Islands Explorer - has been running for 18 years
Digital Edition: ready to catch day or night
Friday, 9 June 2017
There were two children at the Primary School on Foula, Shetland. One is off to High School in Lerwick next term and so the number drops by 50%. Almost £50k is the salary of the head teacher whose job has been advertised recently. That's about £1k a week, including three months holiday a year, rental accommodation available and one pupil to teach for the foreseeable future Nice work if you can get it! The BBC has the details.
Scottish Islands Explorer - nice read when you get it
Digital Edition: there for you, delivered now
Thursday, 8 June 2017
It's ten days to Father's Day. Why not take him to a Skye ridge or, on second thoughts, give him a gift of Scottish Islands Explorer magazine? Indicate in one of the boxes on the subscription form the message you would like us to send and he will receive it, together with seven issues for the price of six. It's a present that will certainly last until Father's Day 2018.
Scottish Islands Explorer - waiting to be delivered to fathers everywhere
Digital Edition: on offer at £9.99 for the whole year, anywhere
Wednesday, 7 June 2017
Go to the North Ronaldsay Sheep Festival website and look at the 2017 Schedule of Events to discover more about activities, in general. and 'punding', in particular. You will not be disappointed with this, the most northerly of the Orkney group
Scottish Islands Explorer - activities galore featured
Digital Edition: a fine electronic engagement available
Tuesday, 6 June 2017
Whether you are jumping for joy on a summit or cycling on a flat stretch at sunset ... or just feeling that you would like to engage in 'microadventures' of this kind ... then go to the website of Alastair Humphreys. Updates have taken place; the newsletters are re-appearing; it's all go, although the pace and pursuit of adventures can all be within personal comfort zones.
Scottish Islands Explorer - encourages the 'out and about'
Digital Edition: the zones are worldwide and instant
Monday, 5 June 2017
The Gatliff hostels at Berneray (above) and Rhenigidale have seats for visitors to relax on and feel relieved that they have reached rather stunning settings. The Gatliff group is featured in a VisitScotland blog that identifies nine unusual hostels - with an image of Howmore. Take a look and then plan a visit.
Scottish Islands Explorer - to read when exploring great hostels
Digital Edition: like the Gatliff hostels, always open
Sunday, 4 June 2017
The premises of The Blue Door charity shop in Victoria Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, may not look particularly inviting, but since establishment in 2003, it has raised £1.7 million for various causes. Its work has now been honoured by the Her Majesty the Queen. See the BBC for the story behind this remarkable initiative.
Scottish Islands Explorer - awaiting royal attention
Digital Edition: available to all who have computers
Saturday, 3 June 2017
Here's an interesting looking inlet, at Gravir, in the Lochs district of Lewis. You may want to look at a property, which appears to be relatively-close to the shore, marketed for around £17.5k. See Gil Mhor Cottsge and what's offered. For fine Hebridean images as well as house details, go to the home-page of the agents Ken MacDonald & Co.
Scottish Islands Explorer - likes peeking at properties
Digital Edition: can focus on them fast
Friday, 2 June 2017
The Brough of Birsay, off Orkney Mainland, looks a safe haven, but an unexploded device has been washed up on the tidal island. Disposal experts will be dealing with it this morning. See the BBC.
Scottish Island Explorer - ready to go off, not be washed up
Digital Edition: a device that you can detonate safely
Thursday, 1 June 2017
The hump-backed whale off Tiumpian Head, Lewis, may not have leapt as high as this comparable one in a similar location, but it was captured on camera and is ready to be viewed on the BBC.
Scottish Islands Explorer - ready to capture many aspects
Digital Edition: moving footage incorporated
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
A ship with a capacity of 2400 passengers made its maiden voyage to Kirkwall yesterday. So the Norwegian Cruise Ship Lines Norwegian Jade arrived - the first of five visits this season, conveying mainly North American passengers. The Orcadian covered the event.
Scottish Islands Explorer - appears six times a year in Kirkwall
Digital Edition: always ready to come to yours in an instant
Tuesday, 30 May 2017
The village of Hillswick, Northmavine, Shetland has a new addition for its storehas been converted to an art gallery. Renovation has been by Geoff Jukes, who works in the international music business. The full details are in Shetland News.
Scottish Islands Explorer - resurrected every other month
Digital Edition: converts printed pages into screen images
Monday, 29 May 2017
You can see why the Silver Sands of the Isle of Eigg appeals to visitors. However, permanent residents have been coming to settle in homes on the island and are eagerly being counted. Read The Guardian article from last month.
Scottish Islands Explorer - many readers settle as subscribers
Digital Edition: more than a hundred could download simultaneously
Sunday, 28 May 2017
Tidal causeways are invariably exciting and the prospect of renting one of the four properties on Davaar certainly appeals. Take a look at what Kintyre Cottages have on offer.
Scottish Islands Explorer - has covered Davaar
Digital Edition: to mull over in Kintyre
Saturday, 27 May 2017
Roundabouts have a knack of attracting traffic, but not birds, especially when it comes to nesting. However, consider what are the advantages to an oystercatcher of starting a family on the busiest gyratory in Orkney. The answer could be in The Orcadian ... or not.
Scottish Islands Explorer - not known as a nesting-site
Digital Edition: more aviation than avian
Friday, 26 May 2017
The temperatures have been steadily rising this week. Soon you may want to follow in the strokes of a wild swimmer in Loch Coruisk, Skye. Read on at the BBC website.
Scottish Islands Explorer - print has to cool, but not this low
Digital Edition: take it hot off the press
Thursday, 25 May 2017
Next week presents opportunities to travel on the Paddle Steamer Waverley and take in Skye, Raasay and that remote corner of the mainland, the Knoydart. Read about the route and background of the vessel in the West Highland Free Press.
Scottish Islands Explorer - paddles its way through island coverage
Digital Edition: faster than jet-propelled
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Last Sunday was, indeed, a 'sun day', particularly in Shetland. The weather was glorious. It ended in splendour with the sunset off St Ninian's Head captured by the camera of Gordon Siegel and published in Shetland News.
Scottish Islands Explorer - accustomed to evening lights
Digital Edition: always ready to cast light
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
There's plenty to think about St Kilda - and this year's Challenge for yachts is one of the topics. Consider its background in the item that appears in the Stornoway Gazette.
Scottish Islands Explorer - keeps returning to the archipelago
Digital Edition: accessible from Hirta in the group
Monday, 22 May 2017
Read in the West Highland Free Press about the legacy of studios for artists from the estate of Vice Admiral Sir Roddy Macdonald. It's an example of one generation's interests being passed to the next and, in this case, it has happened at Brae, on Skye.
Scottish Islands Explorer - to be passed on one day
Digital Edition: very much a product of the current generation
Sunday, 21 May 2017
The title of today's blog sounds rather political, but it introduces birds' rituals captured by photographer, Eric Niven, on the Isle of May. It appears with a number of stunning images from the most recent BBC - Your Pictures of Scotland. Click on to be transported. Incidentally, there are 26 places named 'May' in the world, with only one 'Corbyn' and that's in Texas.
Scottish Islands Explorer - few political views, many island scenes
Digital Edition: available in all Mays and the one Corbyn
Saturday, 20 May 2017
A Saab 340 freighter aircraft had been delivered to Loganair and will be involved in the delivery of mail to and from the Northern Isles. The RMA Shetland Flyer will be reviving the 1930s tradition of using the 'RMA' title - 'Royal Mail Aeroplane'. Read on at Shetland News.
Scottish Islands Explorer - will be conveyed by this plane
Digital Edition: has helped quicken deliveries
Friday, 19 May 2017
Read about the production of a film based on the mystery of the lighthouse-keepers on Flannan Isle. It's documented in the Stornoway Gazette, the local paper for the island, where the original event occurred almost 110 year ago.
Scottish Islands Explorer - the magazine is no mystery, it appears!
Digital Edition: more new technologies are applied to it
Thursday, 18 May 2017
Lancaster University's AuroraWatch UK team is planning to construct devices in Shetland to alert people to the appearance of the Northern Lights. Read the item on the BBC website and enjoy the image above of a building controlled by the Northern Lighthouse Board. It is to the south of many in Scotland - at Barns Ness, Dunbar.
Scottish Islands Explorer - sheds light on insular features
Digital Edition: operates through the skies
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Trade flourished in and around the Whalsay booth of the Hanseatic League. Fishing has long been a mainstay of the local economy. Now the Shetland Islands Council is being asked to re-consider the proposal of a fixed link to the island. Read on at Shetland News.
Scottish Islands Explorer - copies could reach there quicker
Digital Edition: although not at the speed of this method
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Classified papers have been released to show that Rockall was regarded as a potential spy base for securing information about a range of features - shipping, aviation, rocketry, geological - well to the west of the Hebrides. Here is the Irish Navy's vessel , the Roisin, undertaking a routine maritime patrol in the area. See the suggestions about the wider interests of more distant nations on the BBC website.
Scottish Islands Explorer - spies on the insular
Digital Edition: employs even newer technology
Monday, 15 May 2017
Voters in the parliamentary constituency of Orkney and Shetland will have a choice of six candidates in next month's General Election. Five are from the mainstream parties and one is running as an Independent. The details are in The Orcadian.
Scottish Islands Explorer - more items are available here
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