Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Going Over The Top?

The thatched roof of a blackhouse in Arnol, Isle of Lewis, needs replacing and here, on the BBC website, is how it's done.

Scottish Islands Explorer - has a cover to be replaced with each issue
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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Albino or Golden

A rare variation of a fish was caught off Unst, Shetland, late last week. Few albino or 'golden' haddock have ever been landed in British waters. Read about the one that was - in Shetland News.

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Monday, 24 October 2016


The Ring of Brodgar must have created interest, inspired devotion and attracted reverence over the centuries. Such Orcadian structures, both man-made and natural, have a focus of attention for the artist, Julia Sorrell. An exhibition of her work, Wild and Ancient Orkney, will be held at the Stapleford Gallery in Cambridgeshire from Saturday / Sunday 5 / 6 November until the end of the month (full details on the links). Among the attractions will be a new concept, Reverence, a high (almost 7.5') hand-embroidered sculpture inspired by the local archaeology.

Scottish Islands Explorer - of islands depicted in many ways
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Sunday, 23 October 2016

When Iona Met Iona

There are some attractive island images in the most recent compilation of Your Pictures of Scotland on the BBC website. None more so than this one taken by Caroline Syme on the occasion of her daughter, Iona, visiting that island.

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Saturday, 22 October 2016

The Uist Connection

Here are details to dip into concerning a book published last month. It's by Libby Patterson, who lives in South Uist, and is the second book in a trilogy, with Hebridean Storm being the first. Read more about The Uist Connection.

Scottish Islands Explorer - admires but does not cover fiction
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Friday, 21 October 2016

Forty Years at Tingwall

Tingwall Airport, sometimes called Lerwick Airport, is situated near the village of Gott, some four miles north of Shetland's main town. It has been in use for 40 years and next Monday - 24 October - will be hosting an Open Door Celebration from 12.30 - 16.30. For most of its existence there have been scheduled, though limited, services to airports well beyond, but in recent years flights for the public are restricted to and from Foula, Papa Stour, Fair Isle and the Out Skerries. This is, of course, in addition to services involving ambulance, rescue, coastguard, lighthouse and oil installations. Shetland News has a full account of its history and operations.

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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Heritage Angels

Between sea and sky, on Marwick Head, Orkney, stands the Kitchener Memorial. It has recently been restored, with additional commemorative features, and the organisers of the project have won a Scottish Heritage Angels Award. More information is in The Orcadian.

Scottish Islands Explorer - occasionally wins acclaim
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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Eighty Years On

It was 80 years ago - on 18 April 1936 - that Britain's first triangulation pillar or trig point was erected. This was at Cold Ashby, Northamptonshire. Eventually the country was covered - with 6,500 of them, including the one above on a distinctive Shetland position. They were essentially surveying stations, but have now been made virtually redundant, owing to aerial photography, digital mapping and the Global Positioning System. Enjoy a tour of some Scottish island trigs compiled by Marc Calhoun.

Scottish Islands Explorer - trigs often appear on its pages
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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Sanday Sealcam

There's a lot to see on Sanday, Orkney, but no easier way to watch the lifestyles of seals than through the Sealcam operated by the Sanday Ranger. The end of October / November time-frame is when grey seals come ashore to give birth.

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Start the Week in Style

Here is a splendid way to start the week - if you have ten minutes to spare. Go, in the company of Declan O'Byrne and crew, on a voyage around the Hebrides and feel elevated with some stunning aerial views. The Alice Rose is waiting to take you to sea. What's holding you back from clicking on here?

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