Wednesday, 20 September 2017


Seascapes, comparable to this one captured by Emma Smith on her way to Elgol, Skye, feature strongly in the current gallery of the BBC's Your Pictures of Scotland. View as soon as you fancy an escapade.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Opening and Closing

The weekend saw the opening of the R & B (Raasay & Borders) Distillery on the Isle of Raasay; yesterday afternoon the closure of the last bank branch on the Black Isle. The BBC covers the red-letter-day for spirits in the west as well as a black day for banking to the east.

Scottish Islands Explorer - opening up the islands to more readers
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Monday, 18 September 2017

Different Style Schooling

Here are reminders of the changing style of schools. The old schoolhouse on Isle Martin, near Ullapool, was closed in 1925 and the 'new' one (above) was built. It continued to be used (below) until 1949.

Recently a group of local children were joined by school-pupils from Glasgow to help clean the island beach. An account of this venture is on the BBC website and full details of an Isle Martin Heritage Project are compelling.

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Looking at and from Glenelg

There is something about Glenelg - the place with the longest palindromic name in Britain -  that has the feel of 'an island on the mainland' together with views of Skye. There are two properties currently on sale there with prices that are somewhat different. Knight Frank has Scallasaig Lodge a six-bedroom traditional sporting estate property at £595k and Goldsmith & Co has Corsaig Cottage, above and below, at £150k.

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Seating at Strathchailleach

Yesterday's  item on Cruib, Jura, brought out well over a thousand visitors, albeit to the blog not to the bothy. Take a closer look at several more comparable Mountain Bothies Association places to stay by going to a BBC Alba programme  (broadcast on Wednesday 13 September) through iPlayer. One bothy featured is the remote Strathchailleach (below) to the north of Sandwood Bay, Sutherland. Its Maintenance Officer is pictured above taking chairs there. So seating should still be available.

Scottish Islands Explorer - likes to reflect people's enthusiasms
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Friday, 15 September 2017

Vacancy on Jura

The Ruantallain Estate on Jura has 20,000 acres that stretch from coast to coast. One small part of it - the former stalkers' lodge built with stable and deer larder - was loaned to the Mountain Bothies Association in 2012 and is maintained by them. Cruib is south-facing on Loch Tarbert on the uninhabited east side of the island. Getting there appears, from maps, to be deceptively easy. The MBA is looking for a Maintenance Officer to oversee and devise ways of keeping the idyllic place in a state of good repair.

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Finding Fethaland

There's a piece of land and property come onto the market on the northern tip of Mainland Shetland. It consists of  Fethaland, Hooplees,Largarth and Houllsquoy, incorporating almost 100 hectares above the village of North Roe and has the postcode ZE2 9RY. Offers in the region of £595k will be considered. Look at the item in Shetland News and the full details from the estate agent, Neil Risk.

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Angling In & Off Hebrides

Go to the Ravenspoint Visitors' Centre at Kershader, Isle of Lewis, and stop at the cafe overlooking Loch Eirisort. Across the water is Soval Lodge where this lone fisherman is endeavouring to make a catch or two. His chances of success are indicated in a Stornoway Gazette report on current angling conditions in and off the Hebrides. We do realise than catching fish is not everyone's cup of tea, but here's a chance to do both!

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

'Wet Desert' Protection

Whether you own a house with a view of the Black Cuillin Ridge, Skye, or have tents from different eras for wild camping, you will appreciate the countryside you are in. Readers of the Rough Guides have nominated Scotland as the most beautiful country in the world. Cameron McNeish has responded  with a plea for the protection of many places in the Highlands & Islands and quotes Frank Fraser Darling's remark about the frequency of the habit he termed 'the wet desert'.

Scottish Islands Explorer - presents and promotes prominent places
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Monday, 11 September 2017

Lighting Effects

On one side of the Atlantic, Hurricane Irma has been barrelling along; on the other, the Aurora Borealis has been burnishing the skies in the most striking way for decades. See the BBC website for details of the latter and the image above for light effects over Shetland.

Scottish Islands Explorer - lights up readers' interests
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