Monday, 18 June 2018

Microsoft off Orkney

It's a misty Orkney day and a gantry barge is lowering what appears to be a capsule into the water. Go to the BBC and see what's on its way down and then take in more details directly from Microsoft. Keeping the kit cool is no problem; avoiding damp in the datacentre is another thing.

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Sunday, 17 June 2018

Pipe Dreams

Of all the areas of the UK, the one with the highest incidence of surface water is North Uist. Yet there are three villages - Lochportain, Cheesebay and Hobeg - on a peninsula to the north-east of the island, looking forward to receiving their water-supply from a public mains operated by Scottish Water. At present the 30 properties there are connected by a private pipe to a nearby loch. Read about the proposed four-mile link in The Press and Journal.

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Saturday, 16 June 2018

Sky to Skye Again

Plans to re-open scheduled services to and from Ashaig Airfield, Broadford, Skye, are being considered. The popularity of the island has increased as a destination for travellers in recent years. The details are in The Press and Journal. So here's an airfield that could be upgraded to an airport.

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Friday, 15 June 2018


These approaches to South Uist give the impression of calmness. There is a timely warning, however, to those who perceive community ownership as being 'picture perfect' and 'plain sailing'. Storas Uibhist, which manages 93,000 acres on the island, has become embroiled in another row, which features on the BBC website.

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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Nice Work, If ...

There's work, jobs, careers, vocations and ... a calling. Maybe you feel instructed to find out more about the recruitment for a remarkable appointment? If so, click here.

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

May Mating

John Kerr captured two guillemots at the beginning of the mating season on the Isle of May. Other island images feature in the current BBC's Your Pictures of Scotland.

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Digital on Demand

Here's the cover-photograph of the July / August 2018 edition of Scottish Islands Explorer. An easy and free way to see what's on the cover and in the contents is by clicking here. If you then want to go a stage further and subscribe, it's inexpensive at under £2 for the copy or under £10 for the year. 

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Monday, 11 June 2018

Young Man of Hoy

Edward Mills has become something of a Hoy Boy in climbing the Old Man of Hoy at eight-years of age. He completed the achievement last Friday in order to raise funds for the charity Climbers Against Cancer.  The event is featured on the BBC website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - how old is our youngest reader?
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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Passport to ... Pabbay?

The image is from the beach of Vatersay at the lower end of the Western Isles and it has lasting appeal. A marketing idea that could catch on concerns an 'Island-bagging Passport' to encourage visitors to the 93 inhabited islands of Scotland. Read about it on the BBC website.

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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Shetland Shores Score

Keep Scotland Beautiful has announced its awards for Scottish beaches. None was listed for all the West Coast islands nor for Orkney, but Shetland had five in the frame. Tresta, Fetlar, is pictured; Yell has two - Sands of Breckon and West Sandwick; South-west Mainland has two with St Ninian's Isle and West Voe. The full list is here.

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Friday, 8 June 2018

Prints Promote

The footprint of a dinosaur on Skye has lasted since the Middle Jurassic Period and now comes to economic life - attracting worldwide attention and visitors. Learn more of this elevation on the BBC website.

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Digital Edition: leaves no mark, just an impression 

Thursday, 7 June 2018

World Craft City

The Western Isles sound somewhat metropolitan to be awarded 'World Craft City' status for its best-known product. It's the first in Britain and only the second in Europe to receive the citation. Read more on the BBC website.

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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Mysterious Creature

Visitors to Marwick Bay, Orkney, were surprised to start the month of June with something different on the beach - a 14ft long fur-covered creature. The Press and Journal has the story involving the identity of the species.

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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Round Trip

First Wally the Walrus appeared in Orkney, then on the north coast of Sutherland. Now he has reached the Out Skerries of Shetland and is attracting sightseers. The BBC website has more details.

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Monday, 4 June 2018

Chasing the Light

The vistas of Sanday, Orkney, compel a photographer to travel there and then to display her work in a distant venue. If you can get to The Space, 6 West Street, Old Market, Bristol, for a free exhibition - between 5 - 10 June - you will not be disappointed. Start Chasing the Light with a click.

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Sunday, 3 June 2018

Windhouse Again

Last week saw The Windhouse, Yell, back in the news - with another mystery - a fire. It happened on Shetland's hottest day of the year so far. See The Press and Journal.

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Saturday, 2 June 2018

Fly / Drive

Here's an aerial photo of the Scalpay Bridge to act as an introduction to a fly / drive inspirational journey promoted by McKinlay Kidd to that island, together with Harris, Skye, Benbecula, North Uist and Lewis. Take a Saturday look at a feature for the Summer.

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Friday, 1 June 2018

Colonsay Gin

Of the 93 inhabited islands of Scotland, Colonsay, in the Inner Hebrides has, apparently, the highest number of return visitors per head of population. However, its latest product, gin, will mainly be travelling one-way - to hotels and homes, bars and trolleys throughout the world. The co-founders of Wild Thyme Spirits, Fin and Eileen Geekie, moved from Oxfordshire to their self-build home on Colonsay in 2016. This is now the location for production and full details are to be found by clicking here.

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