Sunday, 25 February 2018

Caution - Land on Sand

This blog started almost seven years ago with an image of an aircraft on the beach at Barra. The image here comes from Rae Phillips and appears in the BBC's current Your Pictures of Scotland. It and others in the gallery both stimulate and remind.

Scottish Islands Explorer - its gallery of photos are often acclaimed
Digital Edition: accustomed to landing with a welcome, not a caution

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Jura Drawn

Barnhill, Jura, is the subject of  an article in the current issue of The Oldie. It refers, among other topics, to the 70th anniversary of George Orwell renting the house, writing 1984 and having various escapades in an isolated enclave in the north of the island.

Scottish Islands Explorer - sometimes has articles on authors
Digital Edition: uses technology that Orwell failed to forecast

Friday, 23 February 2018

Scotland's Small Towns

Lists are always being compiled. Go to Ten of the Best Small Towns in Scotland and discover that four of them are on islands.

Scottish Islands Explorer - attractions are everywhere
Digital Edition: enables discovery to be almost instantaneous

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Orkney Hydrogen

The Financial Times requested its readers to submit ideas about transforming the world. One of the 50 selected involved the Orkney Hydrogen Project. It's worth taking a look, for it focuses on our future.

Scottish Islands Explorer - its future is paramount
Digital Edition: here's future technology in practice

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Rabbits, Not Strangers

Same islands, different light. These are the Rabbit Islands, in Tongue Bay, Sutherland. The three were originally named Eilean nan Gall after the strangers who landed there. These were the Danes, back in the first millennium. They did not stay and a population has never been evident, apart from the prolific numbers of rabbits. However, the summer sees marine sports enthusiasts in action.

Scottish Islands Explorer - endeavours to see islands in different lights
Digital Edition: arrives as fast as light

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Harbour to Hub

There was a time when capital investment flowed into the installations at Stornoway Harbour. Now much money is directed 'into the clouds' and specialist, communication facilities are receiving the funds. Some 25 years ago the first of a cluster of buildings on the Seaforth Road became the start what is now termed a 'media village'. A former Harris Tweed mill was converted and the hub grew. A further £500k has been granted, with the story given in the Stornoway Gazette.

Scottish Islands Explorer - a small part of the communications revolution ...
Digital Edition: ... using vital technologies

Monday, 19 February 2018

Kylerhea Narrows

When the rudder broke on the 1200 tonne MV CEG Universe, a cargo ship carrying road salt, found itself in the Kylerhea Narrows between Skye and Glenelg. Rescue was needed. Read about it on the BBC website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - individual copies sometimes require saving
Digital Edition: safety in the clouds

Sunday, 18 February 2018

The Decca on the Market

The Decca was originally built as a navigational signalling station at the top end of the Isle of Lewis.It served its purpose and has been converted, over the years, into a 12-bedroomed accommodation complex with restaurant facilities. It's for sale and offers a unique business and lifestyle opportunity with a distinctive name plus a memorable address - 'Lionel, Ness, Lewis'. Full details are with the appropriately-named PrimeLocation.

Scottish Islands Explorer - loves prime locations on islands
Digital Edition: navigation for a publication

Saturday, 17 February 2018

At the End of a Journey

Imagine you have been tramping through the many trackless sections of the east coast of South Uist and have passed the lighthouse at Ushinish (below). The only place to stay is the MBA's bothy (above) and what a welcome sight it would be. It's mentioned in an item in the website of the Gatliff Hostels through which there is access to an article in the Country Diary series of The Guardian. Take the screen trail.

Scottish Islands Explorer - encourages exploration
Digital Edition: load the pages before departing to these areas

Friday, 16 February 2018

New Connections

There's an innovative venture being set up to bring together details of the maritime knowledge that is scattered throughout the Northern Isles. Remember that it's difficult on Shetland to be more than three miles from the sea. Look at the 'New Connections' item about the move to create awareness of the wealth of historical interest, some of which is in danger of being lost. Take, for instance, Baltasound Pier once the terminal of the 2'6" gauge Hagstone Chromate Railway. It was a shortlived feature on Unst with an existence from 1907 until 1937.

Scottish Islands Explorer - likes to resurrect past matters
Digital Edition: operates with futuristic technologies