Tuesday, 23 May 2017

St Kilda Challenge 2018

There's plenty to think about St Kilda - and this year's Challenge for yachts is one of the topics. Consider its background in the item that appears in the Stornoway Gazette.

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Monday, 22 May 2017

The Admiral's House

Read in the West Highland Free Press about the legacy of studios for artists from the estate of Vice Admiral Sir Roddy Macdonald. It's an example of one generation's interests being passed to the next and, in this case, it has happened at Brae, on Skye.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Arctic Terns on May

The title of today's blog sounds rather political, but it introduces birds' rituals captured by photographer, Eric Niven, on the Isle of May. It appears with a number of stunning images from the most recent BBC - Your Pictures of Scotland. Click on to be transported. Incidentally, there are 26 places named 'May' in the world, with only one 'Corbyn' and that's in Texas.

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Saturday, 20 May 2017


A Saab 340 freighter aircraft had been delivered to Loganair and will be involved in the delivery of mail to and from the Northern Isles. The RMA Shetland Flyer will be reviving the 1930s tradition of using the 'RMA' title - 'Royal Mail Aeroplane'. Read on at Shetland News.

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Friday, 19 May 2017

More on a Great Mystery

Read about the production of a film based on the mystery of the lighthouse-keepers on Flannan Isle. It's documented in the Stornoway Gazette, the local paper for the island, where the original event occurred almost 110 year ago.

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Anticipating Aurora

Lancaster University's AuroraWatch UK team is planning to construct devices in Shetland to alert people to the appearance of the Northern Lights. Read the item on the BBC website and enjoy the image above of a building controlled by the Northern Lighthouse Board. It is to the south of many in Scotland - at Barns Ness, Dunbar.

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Fixed Link to Whalsay?

Trade flourished in and around the Whalsay  booth of the Hanseatic League. Fishing has long been a mainstay of the local economy. Now the Shetland Islands Council is being asked to re-consider the proposal of a fixed link to the island. Read on at Shetland News.

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Spy Fears ... on Rockall?

Classified papers have been released to show that Rockall was regarded as a potential spy base for securing information about a range of features - shipping, aviation, rocketry, geological - well to the west of the Hebrides. Here is the Irish Navy's vessel , the Roisin, undertaking a routine maritime patrol in the area. See the suggestions about the wider interests of more distant nations on the BBC website.

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Monday, 15 May 2017

Choice of Six

Voters in the parliamentary constituency of Orkney and Shetland will have a choice of six candidates in next month's General Election. Five are from the mainstream parties and one is running as an Independent. The details are in The Orcadian.

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

En Route to Lismore

A post box set in a wall at Port Appin was photographed by Alison Lewis when she was making her way to the Lismore ferry and appears in the latest gallery of the BBC's Your Pictures of Scotland. They provide a stimulating selection for Sunday viewing.

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