Friday, 17 November 2017

Best in 17 Years


Mingulay was abandoned by its human residents in 1912 and its bird numbers have fluctuated ever since. However, the National Trust for Scotland, which manages the island almost at the end of the Outer Hebridean chain, reports the best season in 17 years for guillemots and razorbills. The BBC website carries a report 

Scottish Islands Explorer - enjoys rises in numbers
Digital Edition: is experiencing them

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Village for Sale


There's a 'holiday village' in Elgol, Skye, on sale through Strutt & Parker. Take a look at what Mary's Cottages have to offer as an investment for letting as well as living.


Scottish Islands Explorer - some investment potential
Digital Edition: low price entry level

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Space for Ship


There has long been a replica Viking ship looking down towards the whole nation from the top end of Unst, Shetland. Now there is a move to bring the launching of space-crafts, maybe space-ships, to the island. Consider what's proposed from the BBC website. Soon Unst visitors may have a complete view of the whole country?

Scottish Islands Explorer - fills its spaces with island material
Digital Edition: has a permanent presence in space

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Sanday School


The two figures on the school sign represent half the number of pupils who, in the last school-year, attended the primary school on Sanday, serving Canna on the Small Isles. Now all four children from one family have gone and the school has been 'mothballed'. There are just 17 people residing on Canna and Sanday. Quite an opportunity for schooling with a difference. Read about it on the BBC website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - numbers holding up
Digital Edition: subscribers racing ahead

Monday, 13 November 2017

New Era for Tanera


A chance encounter yesterday at a cafe on the shores of the Mediterranean led to meeting a relative of a former owner of Tanera Beag, one of the Summer Isles. Research followed and the discovery, missed in the Summer, that Tanera Mhor, the largest of the island group, had been sold after being on the market for exactly four years. The details are here and the new owner is Ian Wace, co-founder of Marshall Wace Asset Management, a London-based hedge fund. There's a new era ahead for this holiday haven in 2018.

Scottish Islands Explorer - last sold almost eight years ago
Digital Edition: currently trading in the ether of the internet

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Knitwear Resurgence



Yesterday's item drew attention to the resilience of trade in candles. Today's focuses on the resurgence of knitting as a creative activity as shown at a weekend event in Lerwick. Go to Shetland News for details.

Scottish Islands Explorer - printed publications maintain appeal over the years
Digital Edition: comparatively recent, but with growing appeal

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Essence of Harris


There's a family-run, candle-making company on the Isles of Harris that is going places internationally. See what Essence of Harris offers and read the report on their progress in the Stornoway Gazette.

Scottish Islands Explorer - illuminates island interests
Digital Edition: powered by the internet

Friday, 10 November 2017

Virtual Visitors Arriving


The St Kilda archipelago is marked here. In the background are Hirta, where people lived permanently until 1930; Soay where landing is extremely difficult and the sheep are feral. Closer to the plane from which this photograph was taken are Stac an Armin and Stac Lee, occasionally climbed by intrepid 'Marilyn-baggers'; Boreray, thought to have been permanently uninhabited until recent discoveries. The last is the smallest Scottish island with a summit of over 1000ft. It is also the focal point of a video game which is detailed on the BBC website. So virtual visitors are assured.

Scottish Islands Explorer - print and electronic; not video
Digital Edition: the modern way to absorb such places at St Kilda

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Box of Books Discovered


A member of The Islands Book Trust staff was clearing a space when a hidden box of books was discovered and some previously out-of-stock publications were back in print. They were advertised and some shrewd buyers purchased at original prices. See what's still available here.

Scottish Islands Explorer - some back numbers remain available
Digital Edition: once converted to this version, always on offer

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Cover Photo


This image by Shetland-based photographer, John Moncrieff, was selected as the cover for the British Wildlife Photography Awards' book. Read about and see more of his highly-commended work in Shetland News.

Scottish Islands Explorer - encourages a bi-monthly head-to-head
Digital Edition: makes contact as quickly as these puffins