Saturday, 22 July 2017

A Great Eastern Railway

Thanks to Andy Strangeway, advocate and adventurer, we have an image of Bound Skerry, the most easterly point of the British Isles. The lighthouse, built in 1857, in the Out Skerries group of Shetland also had its means of construction and of delivering supplies - a railway. Apparently it was bombed twice during the Second World War, mistaken for a munitions factory.

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Friday, 21 July 2017

Remote Rocks Railway

When it comes to remote railways in Britain, the one on Sule Skerry, 40 miles west of Orkney, comes into the extreme category. It is on the South Landing and was used for conveying rocks during the 1892 - 94 construction of the 88ft lighthouse on the 35-acre islet that rises 45ft above sea level. The photograph, taken in 1967 by David Glass, is now 50 years old. Read a full account of a part of Sutherland  in this Photographers' Resource. The lighthouse is the most distant from any other settlement in the UK.

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Take a Closer Look

Here is the lighthouse and dwelling on Little Ross, the island featured on the blog yesterday and still on the market today. The Caithness-based publisher, Whittles, is preparing for the October launch of its new book, Life and Death on Little Ross by David Collin. The author was there on the day of the murder of a lighthouse keeper and, 57 years later, gives a full account of the incident, the 117 years of devoted service by the Northern Lights Board staff as well as of the life and times of the island and its community.

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Little Ross; Big News

Lighthouses have their secrets, but what happened on Little Ross, off the Dumfries & Galloway coast, in 1960 became a big news story. Now it is being revived with the prospective sale of the 29-acre island for an asking price of £325k. The details of the past are in the Daily Telegraph; the current features are presented by Galbraith of Castle Douglas.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Currency Uncovered

The Knowe of Swandro archaeological site on Rousay, Orkney, continues to spring surprises. The latest is the discovery of a mid-4th Century Roman coin. The last to be found in a comparable position was in sand dunes on the Western Isles about ten years ago. Go to the BBC website for the full story.

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Skye Lines

Both the design of the window and the view from this dwelling on Loch Duich are compelling. Take a look at more features of the house at Letterfearn and then learn about the Skye-based architectural company, Rural Design.

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Hoy Wire Act

Getting up the Old Man of Hoy has never been easy, but going there and back by tight-rope took Alexander Schulz, a German adventurer, into new dimensions - measuring 450ft above the sea and almost 200 yards for a one-way journey. The story from Orkney is covered by the BBC.

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Stroma Find for Band

To find the connection between Stroma, the deserted Caithness island, and Neon Waltz, the John O'Groats-based band, go to the BBC website. The clue is an abandoned musical instrument that can still be played.

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Friday, 14 July 2017

First Legal Distiller

Iain Robertson, photographed here by Scott Mooney, will be joining the team of R&B as its whisky distiller at the new Isle of Raasay Distillery. It's due to open in September and will be the first legal still on the island. He is a recent graduate of the Heriot Watt Brewing and Distilling School and has been a guide at the Edinburgh-situated The Scotch Whisky Experience. Look back on this blog to Bere Barley - for details of the venture.

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Bring on the Boats!

The official opening of the £16.5 million extension to Lerwick Harbour, Mair's Pier, has taken place. More cruise ships will be appearing on the horizon and their passengers thronging the town as well as visiting the island. Read about the new facilities on the BBC website.

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