Thursday, 27 June 2019

Roll Up For Rockall

Lupine Travel offered a trip to Rockall and the waiting-list soon opened. See The Times report.

Scottish Islands Explorer - nowhere's off limits
Digital Edition: in range ... by satellite

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

From Syria to Stornoway

From the devastation of a Syrian city to the tranquility of Stornoway, the main town on the Isle of Lewis. Two new refugee families will soon be joining the 34 others who have settled in the Outer Hebrides. The Press and Journal carries the report.

Scottish Islands Explorer - would be good to have them as readers
Digital Edition: communicates with the war-torn and safe-havens

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

4G on Berneray?

The proposal to erect a 4G mast on Berneray, North Uist, has stirred at least six people to object. It's the dilemma of modernisation. See the Stornoway Gazette.

Scottish Islands Explorer - understands the balance
Digital Edition: obviously dependent on masts

Monday, 24 June 2019

Commemoration Plus ...

Beneath these quiet waters of Scapa Flow, Orkney, lie numerous wrecks. Commemorations, this weekend, of 100 years of the German Fleet scuttling and what happens? An unexploded torpedo is found. Read about it with the BBC.

Scottish Islands Explorer - usually calm above and below the surface
Digital Edition: operates above water levels

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Feet Up

Here's a feet-up, weekend-image by David Dougans that can apply to mountain and / or island vistas. It's in the current BBC Your Pictures of Scotland series.

Scottish Islands Explorer - always looking out, often at sunrise
Digital Edition: not easily missed

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Top End Space

There's plenty of room on Unst for a space station at the top end of Shetland and here's a report on how matters are faring - from The Press and Journal.

Scottish Islands Explorer - would enjoy covering a launch
Digital Edition: accustomed to satellite communicating

Friday, 21 June 2019

'Remote Access'

Planning permission has been given for the St Kilda Centre - Ionad Hiort - at Uig on Lewis - some 41 miles from the fabled island group. One of its features will be 'remote access' as a visitor attraction. The Stornoway Gazette carries an item on this proposal.

Scottish Islands Explorer - always looking out for St Kilda
Digital Edition: revolves around remote access

Thursday, 20 June 2019

On Sale

The latest edition - July / August 2019 - is now in the shops and so, if possible, go to flick through, and hopefully buy, or take a look at the Digital Edition online. Subscription-purchases are, of course, available.

Scottish Islands Explorer - ready for you
Digital Edition: will be on your screen at speed

Wednesday, 19 June 2019


John McGuinness was intrigued by the ways in which these seals on the Isle of Harris blended with the scenery. Their camouflage techniques are impressive. His photograph appears in the most recent BBC Your Pictures of Scotland.

Scottish Islands Explorer - likes to see images integrate with the items
Digital Edition: moves text and photos seamlessly

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

A Sunday Issue

A confrontation is imminent concerning playing golf on the Stornoway course on a Sunday. Many members wish to; the owners of the land do not want Sabbath observance to end. It's an issue at the heart of the traditional lifestyle on the Isle of Lewis. The BBC has the story.

Scottish Islands Explorer - read seven days a week
Digital Edition: never ceases its output

Monday, 17 June 2019

An Unusual Posr

Here's an unusual post - 'Stone Dyke Warden' - that is being advertised by the North Ronaldsay Trust. Take a look at what's offered and required - BBC Website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - there are a few 'only-island' jobs
Digital Edition: it will widely broadcast the position

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Flotilla for a Flag

A flotilla of historic fishing boats docked in Lerwick to celebrate the centenary of the Faroese flag. This emblem is probably seen more in Shetland than in any other part of the UK. The Press and Journal has the full story

Scottish Islands Explorer - occasionally ventures to the Faroe Islands
Digital Edition: eliminates insularity

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Compare & Contrast

Here are two Outer Hebridean shorelines that feature in The Times 50 Best Beaches in the UK. Take time to look around and see how they compare and contrast.

Scottish Islands Explorer - much to attract
Digital Edition: takes you to the attractive instantly

Friday, 14 June 2019

Ancient Islets

Some of the artificial islets, usually created in lochs and particularly prevalent in the Western Isles, could be older human sites than Stonehenge. Absorb the BBC report.

Scottish Islands Explorer - follows routes to any islands
Digital Edition: helps break down insularity

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Man Over Minch

Crossing The Minch can be an ordeal by ship; swimming solo has not been achieved until recently. Take a look at The Times report on what happened en route

Scottish Islands Explorer - accustomed to strokes on the keyboard
Digital Edition: makes journeys effortlessly

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Be Aware

This shack on Barvas Moor, Isle of Lewis, comes from Bob Jones on the Geograph website. It symbolises a 'residence' without internet connections! That provides a lead for my notice - 'Normal Service Will Be Resumed As Soon as Possible' - a situation that could occur during the next few days.

Scottish Islands Explorer - time to take a look
Digital Edition: opportunity to take up the offers

Monday, 10 June 2019

A Massive Meteor

The investigation of a crater caused by a meteor some mile wide crashing into the area now occupied by The Minch around 1.2 billion years ago is intriguing. The BBC will take up the story for you.

Scottish Islands Explorer - can look back far
Digital Edition: things have come a long way

Protection Zones

Four new marine zones are to be established in the Scottish waters to protect minke whales and basking sharks. A BBC Website considers the implications in depth.

Scottish Islands Explorer - protective of many aspects
Digital Edition: operates through zones of its own

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Contention at Sea

The BBC Website features the dispute between Ireland and Scotland over fishing in the area around Rockall. The photograph used was taken by island-adventurer, Andy Strangeway, now an independent on the East Riding Council.

Scottish Islands Explorer - likes taking an independent view
Digital Edition: worth seeing

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Three Selling Points

The Orcadian features a property that has three significant selling points. It's in that historic part of Stromness; has views across the sea; and a rare facility, parking.

Scottish Islands Explorer - many selling points
Digital Edition: inexpensive and immediate

Friday, 7 June 2019

Some Climbing Feat

Climbing feats are always remarkable and the Old Man of Hoy, Orkney, has attracted a significant number. When a blind man leads an ascent, you know that human endeavours can be sensational. See the BBC Website for coverage of Jesse Dufton's achievement.

Scottish Islands Explorer - interested in climbing circulation
Digital Edition: goes to all manner of destinations

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Ferry Donations

The Skye crossings by the MV Glenachulish are threatened by necessary repair work that requires funding. The plan is to raise the £10k by donations and the story is carried by The Press and Journal. It's the 50th anniversary of the craft, originally commissioned for the Ballahullish - Onich service before transfer to Glenelg - Lochalsh in the early 1980s.

Scottish Islands Explorer - funds always welcome
Digital Edition: a way of helping keeping the publication afloat 


Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Blog Paralysed!

What a great image - of Glamaig from Raasay - but it may herald a brief interlude in the blog production as several factors have conspired to make internet access difficult from this end. I shall keep trying and will be back!

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Scene of the Chessmen

Yesterday's item considered the discovery of the Lewis Chessmen. Today's gallery - the BBC's Your Pictures of Scotland - includes one by Hannah Rose of the vicinity of that famous find.

Scottish Islands Explorer - likes to dig up interesting info ...
Digital Edition: … and carry it to interested parties

Monday, 3 June 2019

Missing Chessman

Here is one of the great finds of the new century … so far. It's one of the Lewis Chessmen which came to light in 1831 and then some 50 or so years ago, disappeared. It's a tale that will be re-told. Go to the BBC website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - discovers the unexpected on occasions
Digital Edition: missing memories delivered

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Successive Changes

These images fairly reflect the 'flat grassy island' that is Flotta, in the Orkney group. A sculptured stone slab from the 10th Century was taken from it to the Museum of Scotland. For countless years it was a place of pastoral activities before becoming a naval base in the First World War. It reverted to its rural state before being something of a heavily-manned fortress to guard Scapa Flow in the Second World War. Installations were created and they became used for the next 'era of development' with the discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970s. It may have survived and thrived, but original lifestyles have been lost.

Scottish Islands Explorer - its ups and downs are not so marked
Digital Edition: probably adapted early here

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Where are the Women?

Here's the Western Isles Council of 2017 and there are no female councillors. The BBC Website tries to discover why. It certainly does not conform with the UK's cultural changes.

Scottish Islands Explorer - many female contributors
Digital Edition: not gender dependent 

Friday, 31 May 2019

Watch Your Step

The Hebridean Way is extensive and promotes intensive activities by cyclists and walkers. However, like everything that's in frequent use, problems can arise. One, involving the footpath, is highlighted in The Press and Journal.

Scottish Islands Explorer - engages in non-active exploration
Digital Edition: enables exploration that's fast

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Rockall - 34 Years Ago

The nearest permanently inhabited settlement to Rockall is on North Uist, some 230miles to the east. The granite islet has drawn adventurers and at this time of the year, from 26 May - 4 July, in 1985 it was occupied by Tom McClean. Just take a look at the YouTube clip to understand what a remarkable person he was.

Scottish Islands Explorer - likes ultimate places and this is one
Digital Edition: carries YouTube everywhere

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Welcome - Except ...

Virtually all are welcomed to Eigg, although two exceptions occurred recently. One was a man, apparently not a resident, who will be charged with fire-raising; the other involved the police officers ferried there in the Mallaig lifeboat to investigate the crime. The more remote the Scottish island, the rarer it is to have a police presence at any time. The Press and Journal has the story.

Scottish Islands Explorer - peaceful, in so many senses
Digital Edition: carries reports the full distance

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

The Lure of the Beach

There is an irony that on a Bank Holiday Monday when people clamour to reach seashores for pleasure, two pods of pilot whales are in danger of becoming beached on Stronsay (above) and on Sanday. A close watch is being made on these Orkney isles. The BBC Website carries an account.

Scottish Islands Explorer - whales obviously like to explore
Digital Edition: follow the latest magazine fast and with small fees

Monday, 27 May 2019

Re. Remote

There's a problem in that it's becoming increasingly easy to find remote present and past settlements and reach them from the British road network. An estimate is that six miles is about the limit in Scotland. So for those wanting a challenge, there's Molinginish, North Harris.  It falls within the above category, but getting there is an arduous business. Maps out!

Scottish Islands Explorer - promotes exploration
Digital Edition: not something to be taken for granted here

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Skye Above Eiffel

European road trips and their popularity are being monitored in an entirely different way. Look at the West Highland Free Press account of how the Isle of Skye has come top, higher than the Eiffel Tower!

Scottish Islands Explorer - yearns for  top spot
Digital Edition: always ease of access

Saturday, 25 May 2019

An Orkney Move?

Considering a move to Orkney from a city? Raise the Roof Productions are looking for people to take part in a Channel 5 series on the subject. Go to The Orcadian for details.

Scottish Islands Explorer - interested in those moving to islands
Digital Edition: an inexpensive way to move to the magazine