Thursday, 20 September 2018

Wool Week Attracts

Some 600 visitors are expected at the Shetland Wool Week - with events held throughout the islands. Details are in the Shetland Times.

Scottish Islands Explorer - items woven on a bi-monthly basis
Digital Edition: and available at any time, any day

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Traffic Moving

This image, captured by Ian Lawson, of sheep safely grazing at Ardhasaig, Harris, would be of little comfort to motorists stopped or slowed on the nearby main road. However, one lane has been opened with the removal of tons of earth from the landslip. Traffic certainly moved on this blog yesterday with a thousand visitors clicking on to the item. Read the progress report about the road on the BBC website. The approach of Storm Ali should not directly affect the area, but will not be of assistance.

Scottish Islands Explorer - aware of how supply-lines can be disrupted
Digital Edition: not affected by landslips

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Landslip in Harris

Part of the 'Hebridean Spine' has been broken, with a landslip between Tarbert and Ardhasaig. See the BBC website for details of this fracturing of the link between Lewis and Harris.

Scottish Islands Explorer - exploration in this area is literally curtailed
Digital Edition: links usually remain open via the internet

Monday, 17 September 2018

Brodgar Attracts

You can see why the Ring of Brodgar attracts both visitors and residents to this ancient site. Read in Orkney News something about the ways in which access and appreciation have been improved. 

Scottish Islands Explorer - constantly seeks ways of attraction
Digital Edition: has a continuous internet presence

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Hebridean Homes

There's always time to dream about prospective property. A good place to start is the website of Hebridean Homes - where interior designs complement wide exterior spaces.

Scottish Islands Explorer - imagine reading the magazine here ....
Digital Edition: ... or downloading it there to enjoy on a tablet?

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Above All Others

Here's a weekend treat. An item on Unst - 'the island above all others' - by Ted Harrison published yesterday in The Spectator. Enjoy a different perspective, like two of the island's residents above.

Scottish Islands Explorer - tries to maintain a comparable position
Digital Edition: always ready for the command to access, deliver and open

Friday, 14 September 2018

Awareness of Waves

Surfers use waves to gain propulsion and pleasure in the Northern and Western Isles. However, most of us are only aware of them when at the seaside. Bernie Bell, whose ideas are published in The Orkney News, looks at the wider perspectives of dumping material at sea to be washed elsewhere; the waves of fashion that assail us; and the relatively new signals in the atmosphere and our own immediate environments.

Scottish Islands Explorer - tries to keep up with what's going on
Digital Edition: makes waves worldwide

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Watercolour Sketching

Andrew Gemmill is an artist based in Melbourne, Australia. He was born and educated in England, travels the world and has become a Scottish Islands Explorer subscriber. He became hooked on the islands following an eleven-day tour of the Outer Hebrides with McKinlay Kidd Holidays. His Watercolour Sketching with Andrew Gemmill has recently been published. Read more about the author and his book here.

Scottish Islands Explorer - inspires artists as well as visitors and residents
Digital Edition: conveys information, items and images instantly

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Skye - Inspired by Maps

Here's a winding road through the Isle of Skye - at the Quiraing landslip on the Trotternish Peninsula. It was followed at least once by Jordan, a New Zealander who quit his 9 - 5 job, bought a one-way ticket and has explored those parts of the world that appealed to him. He has been Inspired by Maps and his photo journal of Skye is here to enjoy.

Scottish Islands Explorer - does what it says
Digital Edition: easily accessed from New Zealand 

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Historic Pairc Shielings

If you can get to Stornoway on the evening of Tuesday 25 September, then make two dates at Lews Castle. At 18.00 there is the AGM of The Islands Book Trust and at 19.30 John Randall will be speaking about The Historic Shielings of Pairc. If you cannot get there, then consider purchasing his book on this unique area with a vanished culture that can be witnessed by tramping over moorland and visiting relics of a once thriving way of life. A less arduous method is to enjoy the lavishly-illustrated publication!

Scottish Islands Explorer - resurrects past ways in a present-day publication
Digital Edition: is a manifestation of a current culture