Saturday, 21 April 2018

A Photo to Frighten


Two of our most regular readers, David and Margaret Gartside, researched the internet following yesterday's blog. They discovered this Google image of The Windhouse. It, let alone the house, is haunting.

Scottish Islands Explorer - has a low fear-factor
Digital Edition: impresses with its speed of impact

Friday, 20 April 2018

A Haunting Image


One of our readers, Mark Stockdale, has sent in this 'atmospheric' image of The Windhouse, on Yell, Shetland. It is apparently among the most haunted houses in Britain. It was originally built as a laird's house and is still featured as being 'on the market' with Harper Macleod, a local estate agent.

Scottish Islands Explorer - has readers on Yell
Digital Edition: connects to houses by internet



Thursday, 19 April 2018

New Edition Out


Digital subscribers received their copies last weekend; print-versions to subscribers started arriving from Monday; all retail outlets had been stocked by yesterday. So the May / June 2018 edition of Scottish Islands Explorer is out and there to be enjoyed. Do join in.

Scottish Islands Explorer - from £24.97 a year
Digital Edition: just £9.99 for the six issues each year 

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

An Atmospheric Scene


The atmospheric conditions at Uig Beach, Isle of Lewis, are captured here by Diane Scott and published in the BBC's Your Pictures of Scotland series. There is, as ever, an interesting range of photographs in the gallery.

Scottish Islands Explorer - the BBC series always incorporates island images
Digital Edition: would come through despite the cloud build-up

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Daily Paper Delivery


Yesterday saw the re-introduction of a service, last seen in 2013, for the residents of Benbecula and the Uists - daily newspapers on sale in the morning. Loganair's 07.15 flight from Glasgow to Benbecula brought newspaper supplies ahead of the times linked to ferry services. See the Stornoway Gazette for details, but wonder whether in the past five years digital deliveries direct to devices must have been taken up from 04.00 daily.

Scottish Islands Explorer - not tied to such tight schedules
Digital Edition: usually days ahead of the print edition

Monday, 16 April 2018

Shetland Bus - 75 Years On


The Norwegian wartime vessel, the recently-restored Hitra arrived at Scalloway on Friday morning as part of the anniversary of going into service, 75 years ago, with the Shetland Bus operations. Full details are in Shetland News.

Scottish Islands Explorer - in service for a quarter of that time
Digital Edition: conveys information at the speed of light

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Destination Dibidil


The MBA bothy at Dibidil, Isle of Rum, was the destination of a backpacker whose blog is particularly well-illustrated. It also features on the cover and in the contents of the new Scottish Islands Explorer magazine. Copies will be in the shops on Wednesday 18 April, but digital subscribers have already received theirs. Why not consider joining them? See below.

Scottish Islands Explorer - encourages all levels of accommodation
Digital Edition: ahead of the print format

Saturday, 14 April 2018

... and the Winner ...?


In a recent competition to identify the world's most iconic / scenic airport, Barra was a leading contender. In the poll it came ... second. The winner was Donegal, pictured both above and from above. The details are in The Press and Journal.

Scottish Islands Explorer - where would it come among island publications?
Digital Edition: subscribers received their copies yesterday

Friday, 13 April 2018

From Concept to Comfort


First came the concept of a distillery on Raasay, then came the reality. Now there is a visitor centre, with tours available, a private members' club and ... luxury accommodation. The last feature is something of an ultimate and well worth seeing by simply clicking here.


Scottish Islands Explorer - makes island-going easy
Digital Edition: a simple way of accessing the print issues

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Rare Find on St Kilda


When a rare bird, a Hooded Merganser, finds one of the only two ponds on St Kilda, there's bound to be excitement. Go to Jill Pilkington's account in BirdGuides. You will not be disappointed.

Scottish Islands Explorer - this bird appears to be a seasoned explorer
Digital Edition: the new issue in this format will soon be out