Thursday, 22 February 2018

Orkney Hydrogen

The Financial Times requested its readers to submit ideas about transforming the world. One of the 50 selected involved the Orkney Hydrogen Project. It's worth taking a look, for it focuses on our future.

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Rabbits, Not Strangers

Same islands, different light. These are the Rabbit Islands, in Tongue Bay, Sutherland. The three were originally named Eilean nan Gall after the strangers who landed there. These were the Danes, back in the first millennium. They did not stay and a population has never been evident, apart from the prolific numbers of rabbits. However, the summer sees marine sports enthusiasts in action.

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Harbour to Hub

There was a time when capital investment flowed into the installations at Stornoway Harbour. Now much money is directed 'into the clouds' and specialist, communication facilities are receiving the funds. Some 25 years ago the first of a cluster of buildings on the Seaforth Road became the start what is now termed a 'media village'. A former Harris Tweed mill was converted and the hub grew. A further £500k has been granted, with the story given in the Stornoway Gazette.

Scottish Islands Explorer - a small part of the communications revolution ...
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Monday, 19 February 2018

Kylerhea Narrows

When the rudder broke on the 1200 tonne MV CEG Universe, a cargo ship carrying road salt, found itself in the Kylerhea Narrows between Skye and Glenelg. Rescue was needed. Read about it on the BBC website.

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

The Decca on the Market

The Decca was originally built as a navigational signalling station at the top end of the Isle of Lewis.It served its purpose and has been converted, over the years, into a 12-bedroomed accommodation complex with restaurant facilities. It's for sale and offers a unique business and lifestyle opportunity with a distinctive name plus a memorable address - 'Lionel, Ness, Lewis'. Full details are with the appropriately-named PrimeLocation.

Scottish Islands Explorer - loves prime locations on islands
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Saturday, 17 February 2018

At the End of a Journey

Imagine you have been tramping through the many trackless sections of the east coast of South Uist and have passed the lighthouse at Ushinish (below). The only place to stay is the MBA's bothy (above) and what a welcome sight it would be. It's mentioned in an item in the website of the Gatliff Hostels through which there is access to an article in the Country Diary series of The Guardian. Take the screen trail.

Scottish Islands Explorer - encourages exploration
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Friday, 16 February 2018

New Connections

There's an innovative venture being set up to bring together details of the maritime knowledge that is scattered throughout the Northern Isles. Remember that it's difficult on Shetland to be more than three miles from the sea. Look at the 'New Connections' item about the move to create awareness of the wealth of historical interest, some of which is in danger of being lost. Take, for instance, Baltasound Pier once the terminal of the 2'6" gauge Hagstone Chromate Railway. It was a shortlived feature on Unst with an existence from 1907 until 1937.

Scottish Islands Explorer - likes to resurrect past matters
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Thursday, 15 February 2018

More Atlantic Links

Yesterday's blog highlighted links between distant Atlantic communities. Seumas Morrison, who owns SeaHarris, commented on the item and related how his first vessel, Enchanted Isle, which served St Kilda for day-visits, was sold to a company in Jamestown, St Helena. For details of the similarly-named craft now operating out of Tarbert, Harris, click here.

Scottish Islands Explorer - has visited SK, TDC and SH
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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

A World Away ... Yet

Tristan da Cunha, (above), in the South Atlantic almost mid-way between South Africa and South America, is a world away from St Kilda (below), in the North Atlantic some 41 miles off the Isle of Lewis, and yet they have a number of things in common. One of them was discovered by someone who knows both remote islands, Alasdair MacEachen, the Chairman of The Islands Book Trust. Here is his account of an unexpected encounter.

Scottish Islands Explorer - always seeking connections
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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Digital Delivered

The March / April 2018 edition of Scottish Islands Explorer has been printed and the mailing process started. However, the Digital Edition has been delivered to subscribers who prefer to pay £9.99 for a year's supply online. Why not consider joining them?

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