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Scottish Islands Explorer - January / February 2019 Edition

The new issue will be on the shelves of the usual retailers for last-minute seasonal-shopping. Copies have been delivered to the homes of subscribers and the digital edition is available. The cover price increased to £4.95 with the last edition, 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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Fast delivery is assured at the bargain price of £9.99 for the year for the digital edition and Pocket Mags is the place to acquire this publication. Be in poll position.

Why not take a look at the Links from the top of this page? The first website is The Ultimate Guide to Camping  and the next five websites listed are of royalty-free photographs, posters and works of art that are professionally-produced and inexpensive to download.

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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

To click here to learn more about her work

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Back issues of Scottish Islands Explorer
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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 January / February 2019 edition endeavours to start the New Year in style. That insular part of the Mainland, Scoraig, on the shores of Little Loch Broom, has a compelling recent history, while Raasay, also featured on the front cover, has its iron-mining industry revealed. Now just beyond living memory, the attitudes of the ministers of religion on St Kilda are brought into focus.

The second presentation in the new Back from Beyond series looks a little beyond the Butt of Lewis to Luchruban. It’s little visited by tourists despite being a short distance from a well-frequented destination. In the same way, the monastery at Papa Stronsay is only a short distance from Whitehall, Stronsay. On the other hand, St Magnus Cathedral , Kirkwall, is one of Orkney’s more visited venues.

Texa and Ardnave Point , Islay, are not particularly well-known, but explored in this issue. Relatively few people, beyond Mountain Bothies Association members, reach Tomslčibhe , Mull, which also receives attention. Island Deer are always worth seeing as are the photographs of Margaret Fay Shaw from a new book, Eilean . When tired of visualising, consider solving the Crossword .

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 islands about which Martin Martin wrote.


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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