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Welcome to the Scottish Islands Explorer


Scottish Islands Explorer magazine was founded by Linda Grieve and her partner, Philip Welch, on Fair Isle, in the Shetland group of islands, in January 2000. It was at first a pamphlet in mono, with eight pages, and was essentially text-based rather than image-rich. By November 2002 it was produced in full colour and soon became a 52-page publication.

Four years later there was a change to glossy covers and early in 2007 the publication was purchased by the late Jeremy Smith, from Sussex. His background was in publishing and he introduced many changes to the design and presentation of the magazine. Early in 2010 he first used the professional design services of Deborah Bryce, who is based on the island of Jura.

Jeremy unexpectedly died in February 2010. His company that published the title, Silver Sea Press Ltd, was wound up by the Executor of his Estate. A new company, Ravenspoint Press Ltd, was then set up by a freelance journalist, John Humphries (pictured right), who had assisted him and who has been a contributor to the magazine since 2003.

The magazine has a wealth of British bases for it is edited in Suffolk, designed on Jura, printed in Derbyshire, distributed from Lincolnshire, has a back-office at Laxay in the Isle of Lewis and a circulation manager who lives in West Yorkshire.


John Humphries, Ravenspoint Press Ltd



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