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Scottish Islands Explorer - March / April 2019 Edition

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Cara McKinnon Crawford

Cara McKinnon Crawford

A Scottish Colourist with an International Artistic Reputation
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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

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

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The March / April 2019 edition anticipates the coming of Spring. The cover depicts the Skerryvore Lighthouse and the photographs which complement the text are equally stunning. They would look good anywhere in the world, including New Zealand, which features in the customary Islands Beyond series, focusing on Scottish connections.

The first main article is on Eigg which looks at an island that rises from its shoreline to the dominating Sgurr. Another article did not have to take its author so far as it considers some of the fortified settlements in Loch Lomond . Lismore has its place in the Contents and the topic emphasises just have some people make wrong assumptions about such places.

The new Bradt Guide to the Orkney group is due for publication soon and its author takes another look at the various places that stimulated him while researching the book. This archipelago, together with that of Shetland , is the subject of an article on the pioneering flying services to what was once considered to be ‘most remote’. The same could be applied to Papa Westray, another topic in this issue.

Two past tragedies - the Iolaire and the Longhope Lifeboat disasters are covered while other topics provide reassurance - such as the way in which a blog is turning into a book; how some birds have the knack of just hanging on the breeze; how a lighthouse supply-vessel has been transformed into a luxury hotel; plus the sight of the sky over Skye having certain special qualities.

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 topic of island-ownership.


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.

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