Friday, 20 October 2017

Petrel Patrol

Storm petrels fly a long way out to sea to gather food and have to wait until prospective predators are asleep before they return. So seeing them can be arduous and involve late nights. Two RSPB scientists looked into the possibilities of setting up a long-term project with infrared cameras on the uninhabited Shetland isle of Mousa. Read about their findings in Shetland News.

Scottish Islands Explorer - tends to go to bed early
Digital Edition: always awake and read

Thursday, 19 October 2017

New Issue at Hand

If you are a subscriber, then the new issue of Scottish Islands Explorer should be at hand. If you purchase your copy from a retail outlet, then supplies should now be within reach. The edition will take you to Orkney, Shetland, the Outer and Inner Hebrides, to places where significant transport links to the islands are made, Mallaig and Inverness as well as away to Scottish connections in the Falkland Islands. There's also an exclusive interview with the CEO of Flybe - an airline that's ready to convey you to many of these parts.

Scottish Islands Explorer - be taken there
Digital Edition: making the journey, if you wish, in an instant

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Reprinting Owing to Demand

There's a new guidebook to the Outer Hebrides from the publisher, Bradt. It has had to be reprinted owing to demand and that's within just three months - as reported in the Stornoway Gazette. The author, Mark Rowe, has every reason to be pleased and, by chance, his contribution as Guest Columnist appears in the new edition of Scottish Islands Explorer that is officially launched today. Look out for both book and magazine, just as this observer is looking out from Bosta Beach, Lewis.

Scottish Islands Explorer - looks around coasts and lochs throughout Scotland
Digital Edition: delivering its findings fast

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Picture Perfect

Neist Point, Skye, photographed by Stephen Docherty, appears in the new series of images, Your Pictures of Scotland, on the BBC website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - new issue officially out tomorrow
Digital Edition: the new one has been online for the past five days

Monday, 16 October 2017

Skye's the Limit

This Press and Journal photograph of Danny MacAskill shows him on top of his native Skye. A BBC Scotland item endeavours to explain the science behind his masterful manoeuvres.

Scottish Islands Explorer - recognises a genius when it meets one
Digital Edition: also appears to defy gravity

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sea Loch Swim

Last weekend saw two swimmers making the first successful challenge of the sea-loch route from Achiltibuie (pictured above with the Summer Isles in the distance) to Ullapool. That's 14 miles through Loch Broom. The full story of this epic swim is relayed in the West Highland Free Press.

Scottish Islands Explorer - tends to take less strenuous ways
Digital Edition: covers 14 miles in a nanosecond

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Shetland Sea Salt

When entrepreneurs are recognised for their skills and products, there is usually cause for celebrating and savouring the news. Go to Shetland News and see an example how local salt manufacturing, Shetland Sea Salt, has been awarded acclaimed status.

Scottish Islands Explorer - new print edition out early next week
Digital Edition: available now

Friday, 13 October 2017

VisitScotland Changing

These VisitScotland offices of similar designs - in Tarbert, Harris (above) and Castlebay, Barra - may well have different futures. The tourist organisation plans to close 39 of its 65 centres and Castlebay is to be one of them. The future of others in the Outer Hebrides is under review. There has been a significant decline in the number of people visiting them in recent years as digital research has grown. The BBC website has the full details of where and why.

Scottish Islands Explorer - provides tourists with certain levels of information
Digital Edition: there and then as required and with new issue today

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Ulva Buyout Back

The last three blog-items have been about the acquisition of personal property; today's is a return to potential community buyouts. The residents of Ulva, off Mull, have learnt that the North West Mull Community Trust may go-ahead to try to raise funds for purchasing the island's 4,500 acres.

The asking price is £4.25m; the area is seven square miles; the current population is six. Scottish Islands Explorer once visited the fine Georgian house soon after it was converted to a hostel and looked into the Thomas Telford-designed church nearby. Go to the BBC website for more views.

Scottish Islands Explorer - looks forward to re-visiting
Digital Edition: will soon be available ahead of next week's new print issue

Seeing Double

Yesterday's blog brought out a record recent number of visitors. It focused on a property on Westray, Orkney. A shortcoming (or possibly advantage) is that it requires a two-ferry-crossing from the mainland. Access to today's two-house-offer does not require ferrying - for it's a bridge to Skye.

They are at Uig, on the far side of the island and perfectly placed for the CalMac services to Harris and North Uist. Here, with sea loch views, are two properties - a traditional and contemporary - for the price of one - with offers in excess of £395k. Go straight to Remax for full details and a gallery of images.

Scottish Islands Explorer - plenty of value here as well
Digital Edition: two for one with copy and speed