Scottish Islands Explorer Magazine
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.
Sands that Sing – Eigg and Islay and how to make the most of this phenomenon.
A Hidden Corner of Iona – exploring a secluded gully.
Islands in Bloom – the abundance of wild flowers in springtime.
Colonsay Recollected – our first visit and some of the best walks.
Unfortunately the photographs used were not mine and didn’t relate to the content of my article.
Davaar … an Island with a Difference – a walk to an island near Campbeltown.
See my cover illustration above
Tiree – Myths Dispelled – flat and no trees?
See my cover illustration above
Islay Gin – my involvement in the development of a new Islay product.
The World’s Most Graceful Lighthouse – a RIB trip to the Skerryvore.
The aerial photo isn’t mine – I wish it was – a trip in a plane would have been easier than our very bumpy 12 mile ride in a RIB.
Over the Strand to Oronsay – information and advice.
Bridging the Atlantic – Seil of the Slate Islands.
Inchmahome – an island in the Lake of Monteith.
Good Eigg – a week is not long enough to explore all Eigg has to offer.
Flotsam and Jetsam – the good and the bad.
Danna – crossing a causeway to a tiny island beyond Tayvallich.
Otter Watching – sightings, tracks and signs – advice on seeking otters.
Arran – an island of contrasts.
Islands in Bloom – snowdrops and the earliest flowers of the year.
Inspired by the Slate Islands – the story behind my poetry book -‘Slate Voices: Islands of Netherlorn’.
Islay Lighthouses – history and anecdotes.
Inspired by Tiree – how I came to write ‘Cry at Midnight’.
My photograph of the steps at Dun Mor Vaul appeared on the back cover of this issue.
Set on a rocky knoll at the north end of Tiree, these steps are inside the wall of the impressive Iron Age broch.
Island Trees – surviving in a hostile environment.
Sea Shells – the joy of collecting and a game to help with identification.
Raven, Hooded Crow and Chough – similarities and differences.
Beaches in Bloom – plants that survive in a tough environment.
Inspired by Kerrera – exploring the setting for my children’s novel ‘Clickfinger’.
Kintyre- the Mainland Island – an island experience without the island!
Bernera – a tiny island at the south end of Lismore
Island Orchids – the common and the rare.
Inspired by Islands – island holidays and the books that inspired my writing.
Alien Invaders of the Plant World – increasing threats to diversity and beauty.
A Gift from a Writer’s Cabin – The Hagstone Chronicles – a special Christmas offer.
Island Postal Services – remote post offices and the demise of the post bus.
Machair – changes have led to a decline in the abundance of wild flowers.
Island Shopping – how community shops serve their local communities.
Raasay House -an impressive residence reborn as an Outdoor Centre.
James McEwan – the lad who followed his nose.
The Changing Face of Buildings – renovations and revolutions in usage.
Significant Stones – bedrock, erratics and the legends they inspired.
Barnacle Geese and Goose Barnacles – the relationship between the two.
Alien Invaders of the Animal World – how introductions upset the balance while the introduction of the hare has no adverse effects.
Murdoch McNeill’s Colonsay – a tribute to a Gaelic speaker, author and botanist.
Island Deer – Red, Roe and Fallow.