Sunday, 16 December 2018

Picts to Vikings

Old Scatness has some history as a settlement. It's in the South Mainland of Shetland and illustrates how one culture, in this case Pictish, developed a 'residential area' that was taken over by another, Viking. Then it became a ruin, to be resurrected with archaeological discoveries during airport construction work. Now there's a possibility that its status could be enhanced as a World Heritage Site. More details are in Shetland News.

Scottish Islands Explorer - brings history to the surface
Digital Edition: transmits regardless of culture and distance

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Eco-House With View

Grand Designs attracts us to other people's houses and concepts of residency. Here's a house to dwell on (as well as in) that's on the Isle of Skye. To learn more, click here.

Scottish Islands Explorer - likes looking in as well as beyond
Digital Edition: lends itself to the minimalist approach

Friday, 14 December 2018

Skye, Mull and ... Mars

Here is part of the Black Cuillins on Skye which are not often confused with the red planet, Mars. However, recent research has suggested that there are similarities between the soils of Skye and Mull with the ground covering on Mars. Follow the connections on the BBC website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - tends to be down-to-earth
Digital Edition: more ethereal by nature

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Schools Hebridean Society

The Schools Hebridean Society was founded by John Abbott in 1962. The first camp that he organised was on Gometra and many subsequent ones followed. Rhenigidale (below) is featured on the Gatliff Hebridean Hostels Trust website following the expedition there in 1974. The picture above is from an encampment at Lord Salisbury's Dam. Take a look at the website of the now defunct organisation, but, if you have memories of involvement, do respond to the appeal by Tom Abbott. He is raising funds for Alzheimer's UK following his father being diagnosed with the condition.

Scottish Islands Explorer - has carried articles on the SHS
Digital Edition: the organisation had ceased before this system opened

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

New Estates

The type of estate above - Soval in the Western Isles - is unlikely to increase, but the property-style estates are destined to grow there according to a report in The Press and Journal. Moves are afoot to attract the young by providing more housing.

Scottish Islands Explorer - always looking for growth
Digital Edition: has the potential to expand rapidly

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Dark Skies Winner

Casey McIntyre, of Berneray, has won a photographic competition that's a prelude to The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival to be held in February 2019. Read about this image and the events to come - on the BBC Website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - tends to look out and around rather than up
Digital Edition: traverses the heights regardless of light

Monday, 10 December 2018

Home Alone

Populations vary on islands and a few, such as Eilean da Mheinn, are recorded as one. It has 7.4 acres, is some hundred yards to the west of Crinan, in Argyll & Bute, and ironically has a name meaning island of the two mines. The mooring of boats in this area is so popular that anchoring off parts of the island is no longer possible.

Scottish Islands Explorer - has more readers on Tristan da Cunha
Digital Edition: serves any number with ease

Sunday, 9 December 2018

An Easdale Opportunity

The Puffer Café and Pub on Easdale is up for sale, offering an opportunity for a prospective proprietor. The details are in The Press and Journal. The short ferry journey to the island brings visitors on a daily basis throughout the season. Each September the World Skimming Championships attract some 300 contestants from many countries.

Scottish Islands Explorer - for studying or skimming
Digital Edition: skims in split-seconds to global destinations

Saturday, 8 December 2018


Across the road in Garyvard - featured here yesterday - is a two-bedroomed house, with a garden, vegetable plot, artist's studio, access to a harbour and jetty plus stunning views. Seahaven is open to offers over £125k and can be viewed through Zoopla.

Scottish Islands Explorer - likes what it sees
Digital Edition: conveys the creative

Friday, 7 December 2018

The Poet's Garden

The South Lochs area of the Isle of Lewis has much to offer and a contemporary house at Garyvard - the Poet's Garden - is something special. Take a look through Zoopla and see what's on offer - at around £127.5k.

Scottish Islands Explorer - has much space to offer
Digital Edition: every property needs access to broadband