Sunday, 18 November 2018

Fields for Fuel

Oil and Gas UK has announced a new find in the northern part of the North Sea. It is estimated to be the source of between 15 - 50 million barrels and is situated in the Viking Graben Fields. Look into it on the BBC website

Scottish Islands Explorer - drills for reading materials
Digital Edition: needs relatively little energy

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Seasonal Sale

From now until Friday 7 December 2018, there is a 30% discount available on the photographs, books and prints of Beka Globe, of the Mission House Studio, Finsbay, Isle of Harris. Browse her work and order on line through her website and enter WINTER2018 in the appropriate box.

Scottish Islands Explorer - photographs in plenty
Digital Edition: provides instant images

Friday, 16 November 2018

Quay Closures

Here's a CalMac ferry close to the Coll quay. Docking will be unavailable for car-ferries for a four-week period both here and at Tiree while new facilities are installed. See The Press and Journal.

Scottish Islands Explorer - mailed copies will get through
Digital Edition: its facilities will be unimpeded

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Digital Era Arrived

Loading planes at North Ronaldsay Airport still involves human labour, but passengers wanting to book inter-island flights have everything at their fingertips. See The Orcadian item on the introduction of digital access.

Scottish Islands Explorer - also moving into this era
Digital Edition: already there

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

One Thing Leads ...

... to another. So a landslide in the remote mainland country between Loch Garry and Kinloch Hourn, to the north of Fort William, leads to damaged cables and a cut in electricity supplies to Skye and some parts of the Western Isles. The Press and Journal has the details.

Scottish Islands Explorer - not so dependent
Digital Edition: affected at the final stages of distribution

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

To Within An Inch

The Skerryvore Lighthouse was designed by Alan Stevenson to be erected on An Sgeir Mhor, the large skerry, some eleven miles south-west of Tiree. Work started in 1837 and after 58,000 cubic feet of granite was shipped to the islet, often surrounded by turbulent seas, the final stone was put in place in 1842. The actual construction, at 138ft, was within an inch of its height calculated on the drawing board. Robert Louis Stevenson described the engineering wonder as being 'the noblest of all extant deep sea lights'.

Scottish Islands Explorer - has never knowingly been taken there
Digital Edition: could be off the radar here


Monday, 12 November 2018

Beauty and the Bowl

A 2000-year-old bowl discovered during the summer at The Cairns archaeological site on South Ronaldsay, Orkney, is an object of beauty that was considered sufficient precious to be repaired many generations ago. Look into it at History Scotland.

Scottish Islands Explorer - will copies last 1% of this time?
Digital Edition: worth preserving

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Take a New Perspective

Broad Bay is some seven miles to the north of Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, and Broad Bay House, with six bedrooms and accommodation facilities, is on the market with PrimeLocation.

Here, in a stunning setting, is a fine guest house and an expansive family home, built to high standards in 2007. It may provide a new perspective for work, leisure and lifestyle.

Scottish Islands Explorer - likes looking at lifestyles
Digital Edition: ideal for marketing a business

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Off-shore and Unsure

Two Shetland scenes - Sumburgh Head (above) and Fetlar (below) - indicate that island life can be lonely. The decline in numbers of people on the off-shore islands in the archipelago has recently been raised

and is reported in The Press and Journal, accompanied by a map showing the specific figures for residents from the 2011 Census.

Scottish Islands Explorer - counts its copies as well as populations
Digital Edition: always rising

Friday, 9 November 2018

New Delivery Service

There are times when residents of, say, Papa Stour (above) or on the road to Hope (below) find that delivery services exclude the Highlands & Islands. A new company was set up last Monday to make life easier. Highland Parcels could well be a godsend for those who live in the far north. Shetland News has more details.

Scottish Islands Explorer - could well be using the service
Digital Edition: has its built-in courier device