Friday, 20 January 2017

Blackhouse to White House

Mary Anne MacLeod (1912 - 63) from the village of Tong, Isle of Lewis, would be astonished if she knew her son was to be inaugurated later today as the 45th President of the United States of America. Consider the Scottish roots of Donald Trump.

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Beeline for Bicycles

Yesterday saw the launch of Beeline - a simple navigation device dependent on a smartphone and GPS tracking. It tries not to over-complicate a journey, leaving the cyclist to explore and be in charge. Click on here to discover more and revolutionise the ways you take in, say, the enticing routes through Scottish islands as well along city roads.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Stamp On It

There's been enough excavating at Skara Brae to justify having a stamp devoted to it - as part of the new collection from the Royal Mail. See more in The Orcadian.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Forgotten Fuiay

Fuiay is close to the north shore of Barra and is 208 acres in extent, rising to 351' Its feral sheep have persisted, but human inhabitants just missed being counted. It had a neat village 'street' consisting of six dwellings that were occupied until probably 1850. So residents were not included in the 1851 Census and were inadvertently missed in the first counts of 1831 and '41.

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Monday, 16 January 2017

Sanday Schools

There is an interesting property choice on Sanday, in the Orkney group. Ready for renovation is the former South School and House (above) with views over Eday and available with an offer of over £130k. Ready to move into is the renovated School and House at Newquoy (below) to the north of the island. Here the sellers are looking for offers of over £195k. So go for details to D and H Law for the former and Lows for the latter.

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Washed Up

It's not everyday - and certainly not today - that such unusual objects are washed up on Hebridean beaches. However, the BBC Website has selected a medley of items.

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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Firing Up

The fire festivities of 2017 on Shetland are underway in Scalloway despite the cold weather. Join them now via Shetland News.
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Friday, 13 January 2017

The Lewis Connection

This is not a political endorsement, more of a riddle. How has the President-Elect become involved with the long-established BBC programme? The answer is on the Isle of Lewis, of which his mother was a native and from which the BBC Songs of Praise will be broadcast on Sunday on BBC One at 16.30. It is part of a series featuring some of the background aspects of Donald Trump.

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Withstanding Storms

Lighthouses are accustomed to withstanding the fiercest of elements. When this week's high winds were gusting off the eastern coasts of Scotland, the Bell Rock Lighthouse remained its impressive self - now almost 206 years old. Consider its construction and operation on a short YouTube presentation.

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Island Views

The route designated the North Coast 500 starts and finishes in Inverness and, technically, takes in only one island, the Black Isle, on its way around Wester Ross, Caithness and Sutherland. However, this High Road affords views of a significant number of places in the Highlands & Islands covered by Scottish Islands Explorer. Read about the appeal of the way around the shores of the north and over the Kylesku Bridge (above) on the BBC website.

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