Saturday, 19 January 2019

Rae Revival

There has been over the past few years a revival of interest in the life and work of Dr John Rae (1813-1893), the eminent Orcadian, Arctic explorer. His name has been entered for a posthumous mapping award. Go to The Orcadian for details.

Scottish Islands Explorer - will it receive an award in the 23rd Century?
Digital Edition: reaches with ease parts that Rae mapped with difficulties

Friday, 18 January 2019

Fare Finding

The Road Equivalent Tariff on CalMac's services on the West Coast has seen a reduction in fares and an increase in use. However, local residents sometimes have problems at peak times in booking cars because visitors have secured places well in advance. So there is a proposal to introduce higher tariffs for the more popular journeys on certain routes. It sounds like ticketing for London commutes. See the story of the BBC website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - consistent pricing in place
Digital Edition: low tariffs at all times 

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Young and Old

Young children on the beach at Lionacleit, Benbecula, contrast with the recent remarkable old finds by archaeologists in the vicinity. The BBC website gives full details of ancient objects unearthed.

Scottish Islands Explorer - brings incidentals and images to the surface
Digital Edition: what will it yield for generations in centuries time?

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Sea Stacks and Solitude

Here's an appeal. Scottish Islands Explorer has exhausted its stocks of the DVD compiled by the late Chris Mylne, who was a teacher and missionary on St Kilda before becoming a film producer. So if anyone could sell or direct us to a copy of his Sea Stacks and Solitude featuring St Kilda in 1966 and Fair Isle in 1978, it would be appreciated. If appropriate, please respond to the Editor.

Scottish Islands Explorer - enjoys featuring these two distinctive island groups
Digital Edition: by-passes print and video formats

Tuesday, 15 January 2019


It looks small and is such - Inchmarnock - beyond Bute deserves further exploration through Lonely Isles. Once 30 residents, now zilch.

Scottish Islands Explorer - ready for revival
Digital Edition: ready to access

Monday, 14 January 2019

'Worldering Around'

There's something about starting the week slowly and thinking of what there is to do rather than what has to be done. Take the attitudes of Aga, for example, and follow her Worldering Around blog when it presents views of the Isle of Mull and some of its off-shore islets. It could involve going from a Monday meandering to a life of exploration.

Scottish Islands Explorer - a good publication with which to begin
Digital Edition: and a fast way to get away

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Jura Deer

The name of Jura may have come from the Norse for the 'Island of Deer' or from the Gaelic work 'diura' meaning resilient or durable. The herds of deer have been both resilient and prolific, with early writers mentioning some 300 of the creatures and the current number of around 7,000. The image below was taken by Konrad Borkowski on Jura with the background of the Caol Ila Distillery across the Sound of Islay. Take  look at his products on the website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - has durable qualities
Digital Edition: robust with remote access

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Cross the Sound to Run

There's a new custom in Shetland - cross the Sound of Bressay from Lerwick and take the Parkrun. Some 40 people a week are doing just that and they are coming from far and wide. The BBC website has the story.

Scottish Islands Explorer - why not run for a copy from your newsagent?
Digital Edition: it will run to you at speed

Friday, 11 January 2019

Land in Shetland

Here's an interesting contrast. Objections have been raised concerning the proposed building of new houses close to the Clickmin Broch, Lerwick. See Shetland News. Separately, 40 acres of land and a demolished valve house adjacent to a Shetland loch remain on sale at £60k, but without, as yet, planning permission for development. Go to Zoopla.

Scottish Islands Explorer - plenty of choice for living as well as exploring
Digital Edition: a crucial factor in choosing locations

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Loganair's New Aircraft

Here is an Embraer 145 aircraft which will soon appear in Loganair livery operating on Benbecula and Manchester routes. The details of the improved services are in the Stornoway Gazette.

Scottish Islands Explorer - distribution aided by air mail
Digital Edition: distribution at the speed of light