Wednesday, 12 December 2018

New Estates

The type of estate above - Soval in the Western Isles - is unlikely to increase, but the property-style estates are destined to grow there according to a report in The Press and Journal. Moves are afoot to attract the young by providing more housing.

Scottish Islands Explorer - always looking for growth
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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Dark Skies Winner

Casey McIntyre, of Berneray, has won a photographic competition that's a prelude to The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival to be held in February 2019. Read about this image and the events to come - on the BBC Website.

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Monday, 10 December 2018

Home Alone

Populations vary on islands and a few, such as Eilean da Mheinn, are recorded as one. It has 7.4 acres, is some hundred yards to the west of Crinan, in Argyll & Bute, and ironically has a name meaning island of the two mines. The mooring of boats in this area is so popular that anchoring off parts of the island is no longer possible.

Scottish Islands Explorer - has more readers on Tristan da Cunha
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Sunday, 9 December 2018

An Easdale Opportunity

The Puffer Café and Pub on Easdale is up for sale, offering an opportunity for a prospective proprietor. The details are in The Press and Journal. The short ferry journey to the island brings visitors on a daily basis throughout the season. Each September the World Skimming Championships attract some 300 contestants from many countries.

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Saturday, 8 December 2018


Across the road in Garyvard - featured here yesterday - is a two-bedroomed house, with a garden, vegetable plot, artist's studio, access to a harbour and jetty plus stunning views. Seahaven is open to offers over £125k and can be viewed through Zoopla.

Scottish Islands Explorer - likes what it sees
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Friday, 7 December 2018

The Poet's Garden

The South Lochs area of the Isle of Lewis has much to offer and a contemporary house at Garyvard - the Poet's Garden - is something special. Take a look through Zoopla and see what's on offer - at around £127.5k.

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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Faray Wind Farm

When the Orkney Islands Council showed an interest in purchasing Faray and adjacent islands, it was driven by an interest to undertake wind farm development there. One of its strategies is to create a 'carbon neutral' county. The area is certainly rich in resources of wind and wave forces. Read more in The Orcadian.

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Digital Edition: dependent on waves of a different kind

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Among the Highly-listed

It's not hard to see why - on merely glancing at this photo of Luskentyre, Harris - the Scottish islands are listed on the world's top travel destinations. Study the report in The Press and Journal.

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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Viewed from Beyond

An article in the New York Times considers the interests of residents as well as visitors to Shetland.

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Monday, 3 December 2018

Bus Service Survey

As more cars feature in everyday life for both residents and visitors in the Western Isles, the bus service requirements need to be monitored. The Council has set up a survey - operating from today until Saturday 15 December. Details are in a Stornoway Gazette item. If you have a request, then put out your hand - to the computer keyboard.

Scottish Islands Explorer - loves the route from the Butt to Barra
Digital Edition: load your copy for reading on the bus 

Sunday, 2 December 2018

The Appeal of Eday

Yesterday's blog saw a substantial number of visitors considering the invitation to look at an Eday property. The Orkney island may have a rainbow appeal to some or sufficient to encourage a sunny disposition in others. It is over ten square miles in size; is eight miles long and narrows to around 500 yards wide in the middle; has around 150 residents which is much lower than almost a thousand in the mid-19th Century.

Farming is the significant occupation and the settlement pattern tends to be around the coast with no one area claiming to be the main 'village'. However, the production of energy plays an important role in the local economy. Eday has the highest standing stone in the island group, with this couple being dwarfed by the 15' Stone of Settter.  They do not look daunted. Look into things a little more closely by clicking here.

Scottish Islands Explorer - not daunted by distance
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Saturday, 1 December 2018

Peaceful & Productive

There's a lot going for The Farm of Green, Eday, Orkney - 147 acres of freehold land, a three-bedroom farmhouse, a cottage for letting and much else. Take a look at the details in The Orcadian and an account by the owners. By the way, the price is £495k.

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