Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Fund Fair Isle Heat

Fair Isle, where Scottish Islands Explorer was first published in 2000, can be bitterly cold. However, residents do not have to don traditional knitwear products every time they visit their Community Hall, although there are occasions when dressing up in warm clothing is needed. The boiler is not functioning properly and funding has become necessary. Read about it in Shetland Times and if you feel able to help, please donate.

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Monday, 19 March 2018

Ulva Buyout

The ferry to Ulva could be coming to fetch you to live on the island. At present only six people, including the landowner, live there. The plans are for more to take up residence if the community group that is interested can raise the money to purchase. The Scottish Land Fund has announced an award of £4.4 million for the property - covering the island and a part of Mull. The details are on the BBC website.

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Spring into Life

A sign of springtime is evident at Melbost Borve, Lewis, from a photograph taken by Derek MacLeod. It appears in the BBC's Your Pictures of Scotland series. Of the 24 images on display, only three have immediate 'island connections', but two-thirds are linked with water.

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Saturday, 17 March 2018

In the Black

These properties on the Black Isle may well leave their owners in the black, rather than the red, according to an article in the Bricks & Mortar section of The Times on house-prices in the Highlands. See why the market for homes, not holiday houses, has grown.

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Friday, 16 March 2018

Accommodation Concepts

The West Highland Free Press carries an item on a proposed development in Portree. It illustrates how the dynamics and concepts of accommodation have changed - with a hub, pods, pool plus more. Skye has enjoyed a demand for places to stay as the numbers of visitors have increased in recent years. The prospective developers already run The Cowshed - a boutique bunkhouse - at Uig.

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Getting Up and Away

Here are two of Orkney's islands - Papa Westray (above) and Sanday. If you want to descend to see a couple of properties on sale - each needing renovation - then go to Kimbland and Benziecott. They could be secured, separately, for close to £100k and have fine sea views. It may be difficult, however, to find a house without such an outlook on these islands.

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

A Seaweed Tonic

A carrageen seaweed pudding helped during a process that led to creating a distinctive gin on the island of Barra. Follow what happened from an item in the Stornoway Gazette. It's also in order to raise a glass to this, the 2,500th consecutive daily blog item. The series is now almost seven years old, having taken longer to distil than whisky, four years minimum, compared with gin-making, four days!

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Compare & Contrast

There's a somewhat misleading element about this photograph of a cruise ship in Lerwick Harbour with, apparently, four passengers strolling off. The season begins this week. When, later in the year, the MSC Maraviglia (171, 598 gross tonnes) arrives, one could see 4,500 passengers and 1,500 crew disembark, if all left the ship. Read the item in Shetland News, compare and contrast the numbers involved and, perhaps, be grateful that you are not in the town centre or at a tourist site on Shetland mainland. It could be crowded.

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Monday, 12 March 2018

A Site / Sight to Behold

Go to the Property Section of Saturday's Daily Telegraph and take in the views out to sea. The Black House, Skye, is one to savour, in particular.

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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Escape to Landscapes

The Scottish Landscape Photographers' Awards feature a range of landscapes and seascapes. Jeanie Lazenby's work (above) was an overall winner while the summer landscape award went to the image

above by Richard Clarkson. Martin Steele's capturing of the topic of weather (below)  was commended. For more in the gallery of compelling photographs go to the BBC website.

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