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Scottish Islands Explorer - November / December 2018 Edition

The new issue will be on the shelves of the usual stockists from 18 October. Copies have been delivered to the homes of subscribers and the digital edition is available. The cover price increased to £4.95, but the subscription rates are being held until the Spring of 2019. Consider their value and secure sooner rather than later.

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The Blog of items of Scottish islands interest has exceeded the one million mark and has been on screens for over 2700 consecutive days.. It's worth keeping an eye on the brief, illustrated, informative insights as to what's happening on the Western, Northern and Clyde Islands as well as the Outliers.

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Looking for a gift for family or friends? Perhaps, considering giving yourself a treat? With this issue there is a 20% discount on the prints of Shetland and Skye produced by top photographer, Konrad Borkowski. Our subscription-rates are unchanged and now represent even better value.  Binders are available at £12.45 and available back issues at £4.00, both with free postage. There is a wide range of DVDs on islands, areas and topics. The credit card facility is secure and payments will be refunded if the goods fail to please. Full Present-Giving Solutions appear on the Inside Back Cover of the current edition.

Cara McKinnon Crawford

Cara McKinnon Crawford

A Scottish Colourist with an International Artistic Reputation
Invites Readers of Scottish Islands Explorer who have enjoyed the presentation on the Centrepiece of this edition are invited

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Scottish Islands Explorer was launched in January 2000 and has featured the work of almost 250 writers. It is available in shops throughout Scotland and by subscription to anywhere in the UK, Europe and the World. This bi-monthly magazine is published by Ravenspoint Press Ltd and

the July / August 2018 issue is both on sale and available online.

It is complemented by a daily blog providing insights into island life, issues, events and people. 

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The November / December 2018 edition has a wide range of articles plus some big bargains for gifting the magazine to family and friends. Staffin Bay, Skye , features on the front cover and the Island Incidents Page as well as in the full-length item on that islandís Viking Canal . At one time this venture was an initiative, a topic that is covered in the regular Island Innovations - here on Wild at Art . Mull is the destination for those wanting to take part in the ventures of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust .

Another new, to become a regular presentation, is Back from Beyond . The first destination is Cava , Orkney. The most revisited of the smaller Scottish islands is Colonsay . It was the home of Murdoch MacNeill and is now where the acclaimed Colonsay Gin is produced. A place to stay at the hub of an island is the Heb Hostel at Stornoway ; interesting stays are available on Luing and Torsa in Argyll.

The Shiants are more difficult to reach, although compelling. They were abandoned by permanent residents as are many others which are the subject of another article. Getting around some parts of Scotland quickly can be done through Loganair . There is, however, always waiting time at airports, where the Scottish Islands Explorer Crossword could help while away time and take you places, at least mentally.


Vision for 2020

Vision for 2020

Always worth a visit is the Island Quiz from our compiler, David Hoult, who regularly presents a challenge to those readers wanting to have their knowledge or research skills tested. In this edition the questions come under the heading of 'Away with the Ferries'.


Telephone calls should be answered in person on 01379 890270 from 10.00 - 17.00 on Monday - Friday. If not, then try 01422 410615 for the Circulation Manager. To contact the Editor directly, call 07510 127014.

Be aware of the interest levels aroused by the Scottish islands. Enjoy the experience!


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