Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Rona Ridge

Above is a view by the Northern Light Cruising Company of a bay off the Fianus Peninsula at the north end of North Rona. It was taken from the ridge which runs along the steep cliff towards the automatic light. Recent interest has been directed to the Rona Ridge, a sub-maritime geological formation to the west of Shetland, where Hurricane Energy has located a significant oil-find. Read about it in yesterday's edition of The Times and make out what you can of it from the 3D diagram below.

Scottish Islands Explorer - always drawn towards this ultimate destination
Digital Edition: continuously draws on the material of the print edition

Monday, 27 March 2017

An Ultimate Campsite

The head of Loch Resort, at Kinlochresort, is an ultimate place to camp - for it's in a part of  North Harris that is difficult to access, but which has a distinctive history. The house in the background is kept in good condition by the Estate, but being under canvas has that special appeal. At least that's how the photographer, Marc Calhoun, felt, for it is his tent.

Scottish Islands Explorer - feels an affinity with this area
Digital Edition; probably too far off the beaten track for connections

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Changing Technologies

There's a nice contrast on the Churchill Barrier, Scapa Flow, Orkney, of the mast of a wreck and a wind-turbine - where one technology has replaced another. The photograph was taken by Ray Hammond.

Scottish Islands Explorer - often reflects on changes
Digital Edition: now in the forefront, but will be replaced

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Winter Over

Spring is here, at least officially, and it will be marked by the presentation of a fine winter image of trees taken by Alan Boswell. Just nine months to go before it begins all over again!

Scottish Islands Explorer  - well aware of the seasonal cycle
Digital Edition: revolves around different criteria

Friday, 24 March 2017

Riptide / TripTide

A riptide is a hazard, for tidal currents can flow strongly in restricted places. It may bring out sightseers, but does not provide conditions of safety. Travellers often wish to explore the sights, expand their knowledge through websites, experience with effective insights. A new company, TripTide Ltd, has been launched to help and direct people by widening their horizons and combating hazards. It currently focuses on London, but its business model could well apply to the Scottish islands, where we all need help from one another to discover more. Take a look ... here.  

Scottish Islands Explorer - another portal for discovery
Digital Edition: as well as a means of fast access

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Prominent and Prolific

Some properties just stand out - as does this self-catering establishment at Overby, Yell, Shetland - and some people show prolific interests - as does Andrew Dishington Matthewson (1799 - 1887), the first headmaster in East Yell. In a sense his career involved teaching for over 80 years. Read more in Shetland News about this astonishing schoolmaster who took duties on himself while still a 'master' - in the juvenile sense.

Scottish Islands Explorer - reaches its majority next year
Digital Edition: has years ahead of it

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Orkney Roastery

There must be readers of this blog whose introduction to coffee was through Camp (i.e.chicory essence) before being invited to instant powder and then on to granules.Then the 'real stuff' appeared on the scene in bean form. Now ultimate varieties have come to Orkney through its newly-opened Roastery. Read about it on the BBC website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - aware of changing tastes
Digital Edition: and of different ways of accessing

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Top Shop in UK

Norwick Beach, Unst, is another example of a high-end location with exciting sea and sky formations. Another exciting development on this, the most northerly of the British isles, is the opening of The Best of Unst - an online shop that markets unique products from the island in the Shetland group. Do have a browse and then read about the retail story in Shetland News. Looking for that distinctive, different gift for Mother's Day? - then look up for it!

Scottish Islands Explorer - would also appeal to some Mothers
Digital Edition: plenty of time to acquire this version of the magazine

Monday, 20 March 2017

High- and Eye-Catching

Anything about Fair Isle tends to catch my eye. I visited it in June 1999 and that was just six months before Scottish Islands Explorer was launched in January 2000. Little did I realise that our paths would cross. Take a look at the website of the Fair Isle Development Company with the photographs of Dave Wheeler - for perhaps your path will cross with what it offers?

Scottish Islands Explorer - has evolved over 17 years
Digital Edition: has been innovated

Sunday, 19 March 2017


For images of Vallay House (above) on its own island go to Flickr and for an account of the life and times of its former owners click on to the Nothing To See Here blog.

Scottish Islands Explorer - plenty to see here
Digital Edition: delivered within seconds