Sunday, 4 December 2016

Out of My Own Light


Louise Bichan is an Orcadian musician and photographer who has an interesting story to tell and a debut album to be played. An inspiration to her is the travelling to Canada undertaken in 1950 by her grandmother, the late Margaret Tait, when she was 25 years-old. Look at the fascinating compilation by Louise, Out of My Own Light, and download her album here. The time-frames and locations of the blog-items for yesterday and today are comparable.

Scottish Islands Explorer - musical accompaniment may well occur again ...
Digital Edition: ... through this version of the magazine

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Venus Peter


This poster, in French from 1990, advertises a British film, Venus Peter, that was directed by Ian Sellar a year earlier and which re-creates a world of childlike myth and fantasy set in Orkney in the 1950s. A Blu-ray version of the original will be released tomorrow by Panamint Cinema at £14.99.

Scottish Islands Explorer - realises the potential of an island-based childhood
Digital Edition: able to bring past editions to life

Friday, 2 December 2016

Islands - Vacated / For Sale


If you fancy making your way to the Holm of Grimbister, Orkney, your starting-point is here in yesterday's entry from Hidden Europe and, above, at the commencement of the causeway. The island (below) has been home to three people and is now up for sale. Click on to the notes of Editors, Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries, with their interesting detail about the Holm and other potential off-shore homes.


Scottish Islands Explorer - some explorers do settle down here
Digital Edition: however, they usually want to be on the internet

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Peat Means Heat


The centre of the crofthouse is often the hearth and the pile of peat outside is a sign of security, its height a marker of the passage of winter. A programme on this topic was on BBC Alba and screened three days ago.  Trusadh is available on iPlayer for the next 25 days. So be ready to watch it before Christmas Day! The photograph below is by Angus Mackintosh and clearly shows the herringbone pattern of a stack created at Ness, Isle of Lewis.


Scottish Islands Explorer - created naturally and radiates information
Digital Edition: material from the ancient past is broadcast by modern methods

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Open ... for Booking




Take a look below at the waters in front of Lews Castle, Stornoway, and reflect on the ways in which this grand and historic building has been recently-renovated to provide luxurious accommodation and first-rate facilities. The delight is in the details which are to be found through Natural Retreats. Here is a natural choice for a stay from Easter 2017 onwards and bookings can be made now.


Scottish Islands Explorer - what a base for exploring the Isle of Lewis
Digital Edition: another area where the 'now' word is applicable

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Bobby the Birdman


Here is a chance to discover and relish the achievements of Bobby Tulloch (1929 - 1996) the renowned Shetland naturalist by acquiring a new book book on him from Birlinn. The details of its launch are to be found in Shetland News and an obituary can be read from the pages of The Independent.

Scottish Islands Explorer - records wildlife and its experts' achievements
Digital Edition: go on, go back in time with a futuristic approach


Monday, 28 November 2016

History in the Making


There is something a little eerie when comparatively recent events or constructions are classified as 'historical'. That has happened with the Churchill Barriers in Orkney, two of which have been listed by Historic Environment Scotland for the first time. Follow this up in The Orcadian.

Scottish Islands Explorer - looking forward to editions being 'listed'
Digital Edition: the antidote to 'historic'

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Rocket Post


The distance from Hushinish to Scarp, North Harris, is not far, but it has imperilled lives and inspired scientific work. None more so than the events documented in the 2004 production of Rocket Post, a film that is featured in the Stornoway Gazette.


Scottish Islands Explorer - here was exploration with a difference
Digital Edition: quite a contrast in information speeds

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Spreading Its Wings


Loganair will be doing two more significant things next year - severing its links with Flybe and operating more services. These will include flying passengers from Stornoway to Manchester and back. For details of what will be on offer, go to the BBC website. The Old Man of Hoy, below, will not be affected.


Scottish Islands Explorer - more ways of getting to destinations of choice
Digital Edition: journeys effortlessly through the internet

Friday, 25 November 2016

Adopt An Acre


Two days ago the notion of living on Skye was highlighted. Now here is a chance to adopt an acre of the 12,000 that make up Bla Bheinn in the Cuillin Hills through a scheme promoted by the John Muir Trust. One or two would make quite a purchase or gift.

Scottish Islands Explorer - another acceptable gift at a comparable price
Digital Edition: and one for under a tenner