Thursday, 23 March 2017

Prominent and Prolific

Some properties just stand out - as does this self-catering establishment at Overby, Yell, Shetland - and some people show prolific interests - as does Andrew Dishington Matthewson (1799 - 1887), the first headmaster in East Yell. In a sense his career involved teaching for over 80 years. Read more in Shetland News about this astonishing schoolmaster who took duties on himself while still a 'master' - in the juvenile sense.

Scottish Islands Explorer - reaches its majority next year
Digital Edition: has years ahead of it

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Orkney Roastery

There must be readers of this blog whose introduction to coffee was through Camp (i.e.chicory essence) before being invited to instant powder and then on to granules.Then the 'real stuff' appeared on the scene in bean form. Now ultimate varieties have come to Orkney through its newly-opened Roastery. Read about it on the BBC website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - aware of changing tastes
Digital Edition: and of different ways of accessing

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Top Shop in UK

Norwick Beach, Unst, is another example of a high-end location with exciting sea and sky formations. Another exciting development on this, the most northerly of the British isles, is the opening of The Best of Unst - an online shop that markets unique products from the island in the Shetland group. Do have a browse and then read about the retail story in Shetland News. Looking for that distinctive, different gift for Mother's Day? - then look up for it!

Scottish Islands Explorer - would also appeal to some Mothers
Digital Edition: plenty of time to acquire this version of the magazine

Monday, 20 March 2017

High- and Eye-Catching

Anything about Fair Isle tends to catch my eye. I visited it in June 1999 and that was just six months before Scottish Islands Explorer was launched in January 2000. Little did I realise that our paths would cross. Take a look at the website of the Fair Isle Development Company with the photographs of Dave Wheeler - for perhaps your path will cross with what it offers?

Scottish Islands Explorer - has evolved over 17 years
Digital Edition: has been innovated

Sunday, 19 March 2017


For images of Vallay House (above) on its own island go to Flickr and for an account of the life and times of its former owners click on to the Nothing To See Here blog.

Scottish Islands Explorer - plenty to see here
Digital Edition: delivered within seconds

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Unexpected Perspective

I had pictured Millport, the only settlement on the relatively small island of Great Cumbrae, to have a cramped setting. I should have seen the above image by Iain Campbell, from the current BBC Your Pictures of Scotland Gallery, before visiting. The photograph below also shows the expansive perspective of the Millport Esplanade.

Scottish Islands Explorer - aims to be intensive and expansive
Digital Edition: uses the full range of the internet

Friday, 17 March 2017

New Storing

You would not think it, but there is a shortage of space - for the 'storage' (aka parking) of cars relatively close to Skye's Old Man of Storr. Soon there may be provision for vehicles and people's needs with monies set aside to create facilities for visitors. Read all about it in The Press and Journal.

Scottish Islands Explorer - packing, not parking, required
Digital Edition: a complete package electronically delivered

Thursday, 16 March 2017

This Island Life

Despite the waves at Yesnaby looking fierce, Maggie Fergusson takes a calm, detached and enthusiastic view of Orkney, which she considers to have a special kind of peace. Read her article, This Island Life, in the current edition of The Economist 1843 - a new magazine of ideas, lifestyle and culture.

Scottish Islands Explorer - well aware of the Northern Isles' attributes
Digital Edition: Orkney was a hub; now it's technological

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The Scottish Bothy Bible

The images are of of An Claddach Bothy, Islay, and of Maol Bhuidhe, east of Plockton between Glen Carron and Glen Shiel. Imagine staying at the above in sunny weather; coming across the below distant 'residence' in the remotest of country. For a taste of such places, do go to the BBC website and learn about The Scottish Bothy Bible by Geoff Allan from Wild Things Publishing. It's a compelling book, imaginatively-illustrated, durably-produced and reasonably-priced at £16.99. Get ready to get out and experience some of the simple things of life.

Scottish Islands Explorer - a range of island-bothies are ready for you
Digital Edition: access to this service could be difficult from some bothies

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Columbarium Coming

The broch on Mousa, Shetland, looks impressive and has made an impact on a farm owner in Thornbury, Gloucestershire. He is replicating it - an Iron Age fortress - within a memorial woodland garden. The structure is known as a columbarium - the Latin for dovecote - and is featured in an article in The Times.

Scottish Islands Explorer -  distributed in both Shetland and Gloucestershire
Digital Edition: replicates the print edition ... plus