Thursday, 19 July 2018

Top Rung

The views from Unst - Hermaness (above) and Woodwick (below) - are fit for an island above all others in the British Isles. Now that the UK spaceport project is to be developed in Sutherland, at the top end of the Mainland, the company behind the comparable Unst scheme is to link with the Shetland Islands  Council and Lockheed Martin, one of the world's largest aerospace companies, to develop a satellite tracking and communications centre on the island. Shetland News reveals more. 

Scottish Islands Explorer - is something of an island-tracking centre
Digital Edition: promoted by advanced technologies

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

A Billionaire's Boat

Jim Simons from New York City, has been sailing the West Coast of Scotland in his yacht, Archimedes. Harris has been one of his destinations and Taransay was part of the itinerary. The 80-year-old is apparently worth £20 billion - among this year's richer visitors to the Western Isles. Hebrides News has more details.

Scottish Islands Explorer - aspiring to be among the great and the good
Digital Edition: this high-end technology available to all

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Ben Fogle Returns

Ben Fogle looks forward to returning to Taransay, his favourite part of the world. Read about his past encounters with the South Harris island in The Press and Journal.

Scottish Islands Explorer - presents many a castaway-style place
Digital Edition: always space for more

Monday, 16 July 2018

Loch in Twatt Warning

Loch of Collaster in Twatt, Shetland, has a warning posted about blue-green algae lurking in its waters. The Shetland Times carries the news of potential problems for humans.

Scottish Islands Explorer - aware of harmful elements in local waters
Digital Edition: good and bad news travels fast

Sunday, 15 July 2018

One Show in Two Places

This week will see The One Show appearing from the West Harris Trust's Talla na Mara (above) on Thursday and Stornoway's HebCelt Festival on Friday. The Press and Journal has the story.

Scottish Islands Explorer - one day the show will come its way
Digital Edition: the technology is in place for all sorts of shows

Saturday, 14 July 2018

2000-Year-Old Bowl

A wooden bowl, estimated to be 2000 years-old, has been excavated at Cairns Broch, South Ronaldsay, Orkney. For full information and an image, go to The Press and Journal

Scottish Islands Explorer - not yet 20 years-of-age
Digital Edition: will it still be around in two millennia?

Friday, 13 July 2018

Into Space from Scolpaig?

Scolpaig looks as though it is a crannog. The technology to build defensive islands in lochs must have been, at one time, state-of-the-art. The area of North-west Uist  has been chosen as a possible site for Britain's first spacesport. See Hebrides News.

Scottish Islands Explorer - ready to take copies to faraway places?
Digital Edition: cutting technologies of the early 21st Century

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Georges Dif Exhibition

The work of French photographer, author and ornithologist, Georges Dif (1946 - 2015) is commemorated in an exhibition at the Isleburgh Community Centre, Lerwick. It closes on Saturday - 14 July - but has brought pleasure to many who recall his passion for Shetland during 30 years of returning each spring and autumn. He was well known for his early starts to acquire the images he wanted - and in that latitude - 'early' can be exceptionally so. His magnificent Shetland - terre de vent has been produced in an English edition.

Scottish Islands Explorer - worth getting up early to discover
Digital Edition: always there on time … when wanted

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Buildings in Style

Some people have the knack and resources that lead to large constructions. Walter Douglas Campbell, great-grandfather of the Duke of Argyll, built this house on his island, Innis Chonain, situated in Loch Awe. Nearby he created St Conan's Kirk - in an eclectic mix of church-styles - which is memorably described and illustrated in a blog called Big Daddy Dave.

Scottish Islands Explorer - island-owners usually establish residences
Digital Edition: look around it and see what's on offer

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Back Come the Birds

The American Mink was introduced to Scotland as part of fur farming enterprises in the 1950s. Some of them escaped and have become feral. However, a Scottish Natural Heritage eradication programme has been successful, leading to birds returning to their breeding grounds, particularly in the Outer Hebrides, now safe of a relentless predator. See the MailOnline.

Scottish Islands Explorer - has been evident in Scotland for a far shorter time
Digital Edition: now has quite a presence in America