Scottish Islands Explorer

Scottish Islands Explorer Magazine

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Scottish Islands Explorer is the UK’s only magazine devoted to exploring the islands of Scotland. It is published bi-monthly in full colour and contains wide-ranging articles on culture, language, environmental issues, archaeology, history, lifestyles, travel, wildlife and current affairs. Some articles focus directly on one island or a group while others develop a theme that links various islands. There are also regular features which include news from the islands, people profiles, places to visit, book, video and dvd reviews.

I am a regular contributor to this lovely magazine and my articles have appeared – or will appear – on the following dates.

January/February 2009

Sands that Sing – Eigg and Islay and how to make the most of this phenomenon.

March/April 2009

A Hidden Corner of Iona – exploring a secluded gully.

May/June 2009

Islands in Bloom – the abundance of wild flowers in springtime.

July/August 2010

Colonsay Recollected – our first visit and some of the best walks.

September/October 2010

Davaar … an Island with a Difference – a walk to an island near Campbeltown.
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March/April 2011

Tiree – Myths Dispelled – flat and no trees?
See my cover illustration above

July/August 2011

Islay Gin – my involvement in a new Islay product.

January/February 2012

The World’s Most Graceful Lighthouse – a RIB trip to the Skerryvore.

March/April 2012

Over the Strand to Oronsay – information and advice.

November/December 2012

Bridging the Atlantic – Seil of the Slate Islands.

January/February 2013

Inchmahome – an island in the Lake of Monteith.

March/April 3013

Good Eigg – a week is not long enough to explore all Eigg has to offer.

May/June 2013

Flotsam and Jetsam – the good and the bad.

September/October 2013

Danna – crossing a causeway to a tiny island beyond Tayvallich.

November/December 2013

Otter Watching – sightings, tracks and signs – advice on seeking otters.

January/February 2014

Arran – an island of contrasts.

March/April 2014

Islands in Bloom – snowdrops and the earliest flowers of the year.

May/June 2014

Inspired by the Slate Islands – the story behind my book -‘Slate Voices: Islands of Netherlorn’.

July/August 2014

Islay Lighthouses – history and anecdotes.

November/December 2014

Island Trees – surviving in a hostile environment.

January/February 2015

Sea Shells – the joy of collecting and a game to help with identification.

March/April 2015

Raven, Hooded Crow and Chough – similarities and differences.

May/June 2015

Beaches in Bloom – plants that survive in a tough environment.

July/August 2015

Inspired by Kerrera – exploring the setting for my children’s novel ‘Clickfinger’.

November/December 2015

Kintyre- the Mainland Island – an island experience without the island!

January/February 2016

Bernera – a tiny island at the south end of Lismore

March/April 2016

Island Orchids – the common and the rare.

July/August 2016

Inspired by Islands – island holidays and the books that inspired me.

September/October 2016

Alien Invaders of the Plant World – increasing threats to diversity and beauty.

November/December 2016

A Gift from a Writer’s Cabin – The Hagstone Chronicles – a special Christmas offer

March/April 2017

Island Postal Services – remote post offices and the demise of the post bus.

May/June 2017

Machair – changes have led to a decline in the abundance of wild flowers.

July/August 2017

Island Shopping – how community shops serve their local communities.

September/October 2017

Raasay House -an impressive residence reborn as an Outdoor Centre.

January/February 2018

Jim McEwan – the lad who followed his nose.

March/April 2018

The Changing Face of Buildings – renovations and revolutions in usage.

May/June 2018

Significant Stones – bedrock, erratics and the legends they inspired.

July/August 2018

Barnacle Geese and Goose Barnacles – the relationship between the two.

September/October 2018

Alien Invaders of the Animal World – how introductions upset the balance.

November/December 2018

Murdoch McNeill’s Colonsay – a tribute to a Gaelic speaker, author and botanist.

January/February 2019

Island Deer – Red, Roe and Fallow.