Thursday, 14 December 2017

New Life in Old Manse?

The Old Manse dates from the late 1600s, is reputedly the oldest inhabited house in Lerwick, has six bedrooms, a double garage, mature garden, is right on the shore and has a guide price of under £400k. If the prospect of a new life in Shetland appeals, take a further look here.

Scottish Islands Explorer - likes to speculate about property
Digital Edition: takes you places regardless of location

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

IBT Books Free Postage

Here's an offer from the Islands Book Trust relating to free delivery on orders up until a week today. Time to take advantage?

Scottish Islands Explorer - delivery factored in
Digital Edition: comes at speed with pin-point direction

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Present Time

Enjoy the photography of Karen Thorburn that features as the centrefold of the new edition of Scottish Islands Explorer. Go a stage further, if you are already a digital subscriber, and use the new Digital Edition App to purchase presents of the magazine for family and friends. It's a snip (with many snaps) at under a tenner for a year. If not already a subscriber, then access below.

Scottish Islands Explorer - keen to be known
Digital Edition: the place to get started

Monday, 11 December 2017

Be Ahead

The Skidbladner is a replica Viking longship to be found at Haroldswick, Unst, Shetland - which is at the head of the country, with just three miles or so beyond to Muckle Flugga. It features on the cover of the new edition of Scottish Islands Explorer which will be in the shops a week today, on subscribers' doormats by the end of the week, but available as a Digital Edition now. Take a look and, perhaps, make a purchase.

Scottish Islands Explorer - like the longship, travels far
Digital Edition: like the longship, launched early

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Leverburgh Lifeboats

Leverburgh's old-style Mersey-class lifeboat will be replaced in the Spring of 2018 by a Shannon-class vessel currently being built at Poole, Dorset. It is powered by waterjets rather than propellers, having the flexibility of speed and shallow-water working. This makes the craft ideal for operating out of the Sound of Harris and around its distinctive coastlines. Full details are in the Stornoway Gazette.

Scottish Islands Explorer - rescues some readers' interests regularly
Digital Edition: operates speedily in virtually all conditions

Saturday, 9 December 2017

A Full-Day Single

The empty, secure and peaceful-looking elevated road, high above Stromness, Orkney, must have been a welcome sight for some passengers on the MV Hamnavoe which had docked at the pier yesterday morning soon after 09.00. Their arduous journey from Scrabster had started almost 24 hours earlier and involved a long extension of the usual 90-minute crossing and an overnight stay in the sheltered waters of Scapa Flow. It was a 'day single' to which many will not wish to return. Of the 750 visitors to this blog, some 600 clicked onto the item for further details,  such was the interest, sympathy and, in some cases, empathy with the passengers.

Scottish Islands Explorer - a safe way to experience the islands vicariously
Digital Edition: calmly rides the airwaves to reach you

Friday, 8 December 2017

'Not the Best Day to Sail'

Ian Fraser commented on Twitter that this was 'not the best day to sail.' His understatement is backed by the quiet tone of the report in The Orcadian. Here was a 90-minute ferry-journey that started yesterday morning at 10.05 in Scrabster, Caithness, and which will possibly end at Stromness, Orkney, within 24 hours. However, it's likely to be longer with all dependent on the winds.

Scottish Islands Explorer - not accustomed to delays
Digital Edition: internet assisted, seldom obstructed

Thursday, 7 December 2017

4G Rolls On

Earlier this week the prospective closure of the branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland at Castlebay, Barra, was announced. The ATM will be retained to dispense cash at all times. One reason given for the change is the popularity of internet banking. Yesterday the Stornoway Gazette featured an item on the ways in which 4G mobile network coverage has been rolled out over many parts of the Highlands & Islands and how more hubs will be added. So it's a matter, perhaps, of being 'cut off' in one sense and 'included' in another.

Scottish Islands Explorer - aware of what technology offers
Digital Edition: puts it into practice

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Caution About Caroline

The number of personnel on the Ninian South Platform, to the east of Shetland, is around 160. Some 70 of them are being helicoptered off as a precaution concerning the arrival of Storm Caroline tomorrow. So some huge seas could be experienced by the remaining 90. It's intriguing to see these figures in relative terms - for the population of Coll is about 164, but these residents live on 7,685 acres of land. Some difference. However, read more about the imminent threat to the platform, on the BBC website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - subscriber distribution is also different
Digital Edition: operates above and through storms

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Love Scottish Islands

The Stones of Callanish, Isle of Lewis, and many other interesting features around the Scottish islands are likely to be promoted by Lee Allen through his fascinating website Love Scottish Islands. Take time to visit and sign up for in-depth recommendations.

Scottish Islands Explorer - looks from heights as well as being down-to-earth
Digital Edition: all conducted through the internet