Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Holms of Hogaland

For something new, and somewhere different for this blog, go to the Holms of Hogaland, Whiteness, Shetland, and a good way to visit is through Scottish Crannogs - a website devoted to those who like to dive for history in the lochs of Scotland. Here what is possibly a broch has been discovered and archaeologists are understandably excited.

Scottish Islands Explorer - some readers dive into each issue
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Monday, 26 September 2016

Turmoil from Turbines

There was 'trouble in works' at Lochmaddy, North Uist, yesterday, when a fault in the engines of the CalMac ferry appeared to cause the turbines to continue at speed when they should have been slowing. The details are on the BBC website.

Scottish Islands Explorer - constancy of publication is a feature
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Sunday, 25 September 2016

High on Happiness

It's not probably the style of your office, but its location that counts. Freelance workers from the Highlands & Islands came out highest in a survey of happiness factors that are presented on a BBC website. It's worth remembering the observation that if what is produced by you meets the demands of others, then 'people will beat a path to your door'...  wherever.

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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Benbecula Lights Up

Benbecula Airport in the Western Isles is the first civil airport in Scotland to have its runways illuminated by LED ground lighting. These are evident at London Heathrow and Manchester, but at few other destinations. An advantage is that they are more resistant to sea-air and sand corrosion. Read more in the Stornoway Gazette.

Scottish Islands Explorer - endeavours to light the way in coverage
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Friday, 23 September 2016

Old & New on Eday

At some time in the past, prehistoric people must have looked in awe at the then newly-erected Stone of Setter - a 15' high, hand-shaped, monolith - on Eday. Two days ago came the opening of the newly-constructed NHS Surgery on this Orkney island where, between the Census of 2001 and that of 2011, the population increased from 121 to 160. Residents must have looked with satisfaction on their improved facility.  

Scottish Islands Explorer - conscious of changes
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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Shortlist of Six

Donald Meek has reasons to look pleased - for six new Gaelic books have been short-listed for the Award which carries his name. The winner will be announced on Thursday 6 October at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow. Access more of the story from the Stornoway Gazette.

Scottish Islands Explorer - a monoglot publication
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Neverland Found

The website of Eilean Shona is so impressive that further words are really unnecessary. Go to Neverland!

Scottish Islands Explorer - access to a variety of lands
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

100th Ultra Marathon

Some people like islands; some like running long distances; a few like both. William Sichel (62) lives on Sanday, Orkney, and can train on its sandy peninsulas for the competitive events that he likes - endurance races longer than the standard marathons. He is about to set off for his 100th event in the 'ultra' category. Read about it on the BBC website and what he has to say in his blog.

Scottish Islands Explorer - goes the distance of 52 pages every two months
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Monday, 19 September 2016

Views on Monday

Here is a range of views - on the BBC website - which includes the above by Sarah Campbell of a sunset experienced on Harris. The islands are not so well represented as usual in this series, but the national dimension certainly appears.

Scottish Islands Explorer - often judged by its photographs
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Sunday, 18 September 2016

32 Shades of Skye

Here, from the Walkhighlands website, is an image of Skye with that combination of colour and hints of harshness. Now the Isle of Skye Paint Company has upgraded its shop and premises in Portree to include a range of established brands as well as a focus on its own products that feature 32 colours. An emphasis is on durability to withstand the elements and one of the components is seaweed. Time to find out more, in the West Highland Free Press.

Scottish Islands Explorer - presents more than 32 colours
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