Music plays an important part in west of Scotland and the Southern Hebridean islands are home to some very famous bands. Take for instance Runrig, from the Isle of Skye, and closer to home bands like Skerryvore and Skipinnish, both from Tiree. Most folk with an interest in Scottish music know these bands and if you don't it's time to get to know them better. These three bands … [Read more...] about Alive New Skipinnish Song and Video
When I started this website in 2009 the digital world looked somewhat different than today. The iPad had yet to be introduced and the use of smartphones was at the start of a success story. Now, only five years later, the way we look at websites and use mobile devices has changed dramatically. This means that this website needs to become more flexible and present itself in the … [Read more...] about A new Southern Hebrides Website and Blog
Screen Machine is an 80-seat, air conditioned and 3D-ready mobile cinema which brings the latest films to remote and rural areas of Scotland. The cinema tours 33 communities in the Highlands and Western Islands and each tour lasts 6-7 weeks. Screen Machine also appears at selected film festivals. In March 2012 they filmed the cinema arriving on the Isle of Mull before they … [Read more...] about Fancy a Movie but can’t find a Cinema?
Nowadays a travel to one of the Hebridean islands is relatively simple. You pick a method of travel, book a ticket and, when the weather is favourable, you're on your island in a relatively short time. What a difference with the 1700s when steam ships had yet to be invented. In fact it was Scotsman James Watt who, in 1769, patented an improved version of the steam engine which … [Read more...] about The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides
A great book review about The Island Nurse by Mary J MacLeod which I'd like to share with you. The entertaining and touching true story of a district nurse on a remote Scottish island in the early 1970s. This book gives readers a generation’s step back in time, to years in the islands when life was both much harder physically and more local and simple in the sense of having … [Read more...] about The Island Nurse by Mary J MacLeod