Tuesday, 26 September 2017

From St Kilda

Here's a reminder to our readers who live on Lewis and Harris. Tonight at 18.00 the AGM of The Islands Book Trust will be taking place in the Education Room of the Lews Castle Museum. At 19.30  Maureen Kerr will be talking about her experiences in working on St Kilda as well as visiting the Blasket Islands off the west coast of Ireland.

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Monday, 25 September 2017

Rum Bunkhouse

Thinking of a late break or considering an adventure for next year? Bear in mind that the Rum Bunkhouse has much to offer. The website is innovative; the construction is imaginative; the location is inspirational.

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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Open Doors

September is into its last full week and Doors OpenDays Scotland will soon be closing. Take a look at a wide range of doors and doorways - with an Isle of Skye and a St Kilda example presented here.

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Saturday, 23 September 2017

The Past Surfaces

The Windhouse, Yell, is allegedly Britain's most haunted house, and tales about it are set to continue. Two skeletons, perhaps some 750 years old, have been unearthed close to the property and just six inches below the surface. Read the item in Shetland News and, if still gripped, the essay by Lynn Cherry called The Haunting of Wndhouse on Yell.

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Safer for Storm Petrel

The Shiant Isles, in The Minch, look formidable enough in the winter light. However, this group wintered over as part of the RSPB's Shiant Isles Recovery Project with the intention of clearing the islands of non-native black rats.

According to a BBC Report, their work is showing signs of success with the return of Storm Petrels, which are not found in the same vicinity as rats.

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

The Competitive Thrust

Orkney has been and is in the forefront of lifestyles. The ways of life and death of the Neolithic people there is examined in a BBC item; the increase in the amount of disposable income among islanders during recent years is featured in The Scotsman. The constructions above were state of the art in their day; the architectural detail of this house near the beach in Durness, across the Pentland Firth in Sutherland, attracts.

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017


Seascapes, comparable to this one captured by Emma Smith on her way to Elgol, Skye, feature strongly in the current gallery of the BBC's Your Pictures of Scotland. View as soon as you fancy an escapade.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Opening and Closing

The weekend saw the opening of the R & B (Raasay & Borders) Distillery on the Isle of Raasay; yesterday afternoon the closure of the last bank branch on the Black Isle. The BBC covers the red-letter-day for spirits in the west as well as a black day for banking to the east.

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Monday, 18 September 2017

Different Style Schooling

Here are reminders of the changing style of schools. The old schoolhouse on Isle Martin, near Ullapool, was closed in 1925 and the 'new' one (above) was built. It continued to be used (below) until 1949.

Recently a group of local children were joined by school-pupils from Glasgow to help clean the island beach. An account of this venture is on the BBC website and full details of an Isle Martin Heritage Project are compelling.

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Looking at and from Glenelg

There is something about Glenelg - the place with the longest palindromic name in Britain -  that has the feel of 'an island on the mainland' together with views of Skye. There are two properties currently on sale there with prices that are somewhat different. Knight Frank has Scallasaig Lodge a six-bedroom traditional sporting estate property at £595k and Goldsmith & Co has Corsaig Cottage, above and below, at £150k.

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