Sunday, 30 April 2017

Scuttled 98 Years Ago

This photograph by Angus Watson shows how Hoy is high and suggests the comparable depths of Scapa Flow. The waters have recently yielded the first sonar sighting of a vessel believed to have been scuttled there in 1919. See the image and read the account on the BBC website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - goes to lengths and depths for ideas and images
Digital Edition: another technological aid to discovery

Saturday, 29 April 2017

The Hebridean Way

The Hebridean Way has been launched - with the long distance footpath now open alongside the cycle-way. Read about the opportunities offered, in the Stornoway Gazette.

Scottish Islands Explorer - variations on explorations
Digital Edition: available en route

Friday, 28 April 2017

From Litter- to Bomb-Squad

The Da Voar Redd Up is an annual event when as many as one in five Shetland residents offer to join litter squads clearing local beaches of debris. Read the BBC website account of how one group discovered, and then left well alone, a washed-up, rusty grenade which had to be dealt with by the Bomb Squad.

Scottish Islands Explorer - tries to ignite interest
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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Beauty on a Budget

Here is a view of the Sound of Harris from outside the Gatliff Hostel on Berneray. It's a matter of a compelling scene at a competitive price. Lee Allen has produced a fine guide - Scottish Islands on a Budget - and you can just click to download, thanks to Love Scottish Islands

Scottish Islands Explorer - scenic splendours on a shoestring
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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Dangers of Impersonation

The high-level cycling-stunts of Danny MacAskill should not be attempted by individuals wishing to emulate his breath-taking achievements. An item in the West Highland Free Press indicates the dangers.

Scottish Islands Explorer - prefers to be static in style
Digital Edition: is dynamic in the electronic sense

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Normal Service Soon

I have found myself in a remote part of Scotland that's temporarily been without internet connection. So to put an entry up today, I may as well feature, say, Heard Island (above) - about 2500 miles to the the south-west of Western Australia. It, too, has limited internet, but it does have a country code / top-level domain of '.hm'' - 'Heard / McDonald Islands' - two relatively close places with no people there.  We will be back sooner rather than later.

Scottish Islands Explorer - interested in islands with Scottish connections
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Monday, 24 April 2017

Shape of Some Surf

It all looks so easy, especially the eating! Sanitised surfing is available in some leisure complexes and a Shetland company is trialling a machine to recreate the experience. Take a look - and a video trip - through Shetland Times.

Scottish Islands Explorer - some would say the print issue is the real thing
Digital Edition: others would disagree and recommend the ether issue

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Hebridean Happiness

This couple photographed on their wedding day on Bernera, Isle of Lewis, do have a reasonable chance of living happily-ever-after. The Office for National Statistics surveyed all parts of the UK and the highest number of people declaring themselves to be happy was in the Outer Hebrides. Read more in The Press and Journal.

Scottish Islands Explorer - our circulation figures suggest contentment
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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Skye High

The Scottish Colourist with an international artistic reputation, Cara McKinnon Crawford, has many links with Scottish islands and now with Scottish Islands Explorer. Take a look at her, above, and then at her work through a page of the magazine's website. Peruse the paintings and, perhaps, purchase them, the Fine Art Cards or the remarkable 17-minute DVD of some of the locations that have inspired her. It's appropriately-called Skye High.

Scottish Islands Explorer -  low on the Highlands; high on the Islands
Digital Edition: comes from high 'in the clouds'

Friday, 21 April 2017

Hebridean Blackhouses

These blackhouses certainly look that against the fields at Arnol on the Isle of Lewis. To have insights into the topic, go to the Hebridean Blackhouses item on the Hidden Europe blog. They are put into context.

Scottish Islands Explorer - the way they lived recorded every other month
Digital Edition: very much the way we live now