Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Spiggie Hotel

This Autumn may well see the closure of the Spiggie Hotel in Shetland's South Mainland. Keith Massey, who has been the owner of the establishment since 2007, has been unable to find a buyer and has announced his intention to retire. The details are in Shetland News.

Scottish Islands Explorer - is interest sparked?
Digital Edition: find out more through the internet

Monday, 22 August 2016

The Rhenigidale Road

Here's Kenny MacKay in a typical welcoming way at his village, Rhenigidale, in North Harris. He was born in 1935 and has devoted much of his life to bringing innovations to a settlement that did not have a maintained, metalled road until the late 1980s. In fact, it was linked only by footpaths and sea-routes; had one wireless-based telephone; a school with one pupil; and a Gatliff Hostel to encourage visitors to make the trek. He has now written a book about his community's fight for survival over past centuries and its flourishing in the 21st Century. Read about it in the West Highland Free Press account by Fiona Rintoul.

Scottish Islands Explorer - a full-page feature on the book in the current issue
Digital Edition: available in Rhenigidale thanks to the broadband connection

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Long Reach

It was a long reach to take the first step on the route from North Tolsta to the Butt of Lewis, but the track never became a road. The Bridge to Nowhere is a monument to the abandoned scheme of Lord Leverhulme. The long beach at Tolsta is obviously attractive, but attracts relatively few visitors owing to its being relatively remote and on a dead end. However, North Tolsta is the first place in Scotland to trial a new hi-tech carrier of broadband - Long Reach VDSL - to bring live, fast connections to some 20 homes. Read more through the BBC.

Scottish Islands Explorer - innovations evident from Buxton Press
Digital Edition: employs hi-tech methods

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Linga for Five Minutes

It's time for a little weekend speculating and lingering for five minutes (well, actually for six-and-a-half) on and over Linga, a 64-acre island that's some 500 yards from Walls, Shetland. Do view what, the solicitor and agent, Neil Risk, is offering and take the impressive YouTube tour. There's a lot to be done, but the project has been planned with a pier, pump and property. We are talking in terms of £250k ... for the initial outlay.

Scottish Islands Explorer - many more to mull over
Digital Edition: saves time acquiring the magazine

Friday, 19 August 2016

Prehistoric Trip

Any crossing of the Pentland Firth has its moments, but when the craft is made of willow and cow-hide in order to replicate prehistoric vessels then, at least, modern life-jackets are a requirement. Read The Orcadian item and watch for the television programmes on the topic.

Scottish Islands Explorer - the new issue was launched yesterday
Digital Edition: unavailable historically; readily supplied today

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Out Today

Here are the front and back covers of the latest edition of Scottish Islands Explorer - September / October 2016 - which is in UK shops from today. Go to the digital edition (the link is below) and you can take a look at the first few pages of the publication. A synopsis of the contents is available from the website below.

Scottish Islands Explorer - always worth looking
Digital Edition: do download

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Colours Captured

The derelict school at Lochportain, North Uist, may no longer have the activity of children, but photographer, Mairead Maclennan, has captured the colours that surround and penetrate it. Her image has been selected as runner-up in the Jolomo Colours of Scotland Photography Competition. The Stornoway Gazette carries the story behind the scene.

Scottish Islands Explorer - tries to capture the luminous
Digital Edition: the latest issue should be ready later today

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Sheepdyke Progress

Parts of the North Ronaldsay Sheepdyke have deteriorated, but during the recent Sheep Festival some 200 volunteers spent a fortnight completing 200 paces of the structure. Read about and see something of their achievement here.

Scottish Islands Explorer - pacing out improving sales
Digital Edition: slow and steady growth of fast connections

Monday, 15 August 2016

Disorderly at Show

The layout at the Orkney County Show at Kirkwall was its customary, orderly self until winds suddenly developed and caused havoc. See a giant marquee lifted into the air - on a film-clip from the BBC.

Scottish Islands Explorer - aware of glitches in production
Digital Edition: usually overcomes the elements with delivery

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Carrier to Kerrera

There is a regular carrier that goes to Kerrera and its pictured above. However, for the next 23 days BBC One Countryfile will carry you there via iPlayer and the programme is recommended by one of our regular readers. Just click onto the file above.

Scottish Islands Explorer - takes you to hundreds of off-shore destinations
Digital Edition: getting them to you in seconds