Island enthusiast

Isle of Jura

Island enthusiast, Jura, South West

By Robin McKelvie There is clearly something about Jura. George Orwell may have hailed Scotland’s eighth largest island “extremely ungetatable”, but he chose Jura to…


Canna

Canna, History & Heritage, Island enthusiast

By Robin McKelvie The Isle of Eigg shines brightly as an example of a Scottish island where a community buy-out has not only halted depopulation,…


Shaping Our Islands

Coll, History & Heritage, Island enthusiast, Lewis, Papa Westray, Unst

Shaping Our Islands travelogue By Robin McKelvie In the world of glossy TV documentaries the soaring mountains and tumbling glens of Scotland are left, front…


Bute: community, farmers and Stuarts

Bute, Food & Drink, History & Heritage, Island enthusiast, South West

By Robin McKelvie I cannot think of many islands in the world where one family dynasty has as tightly controlled a whole island for so…


Gigha, a community buy out success

Food & Drink, Gigha, History & Heritage, Island enthusiast, Nature, Outdoor Activities

Gigha ferry By Robin McKelvie Sometimes I approach Scottish islands with a degree of trepidation, concerned that the hurdles facing the local community may have…


Rum

History & Heritage, Island enthusiast, North West, Rum

By Robin McKelvie Rum information I’m writing this on the Lucy Mary, a small ship dragging me away across the surf from Rum. This remarkable…


Shetland, never ‘The Shetlands’

Bressay, East Burra, Fair Isle, Fetlar, Foula, Island enthusiast, Mainland Shetland, Northern Isles, Papa Stour, Unst, Whalsay, Yell

Viking heritage By Robin McKelvie The Shetlands are perhaps the most misunderstood island in Scotland. See what I’ve done there? They are never ‘The Shetlands’;…


Eigg

Eigg, Island enthusiast, North West

By Robin McKelvie Arriving on Eigg is always an utter joy. And today is the first time I’ve arrived to find the Scottish Islands Passport…


Papa Westray – the ‘remote’ isle that does not feel remote

History & Heritage, Island enthusiast, Papa Westray, Westray

Robin flying to Papay Westray By Robin McKelvie Within my first half hour on the island I’ve already had real conversations with more people than…


Meet the Makers

Arran, Canna, Eigg, Harris, Island enthusiast, Islay, Mainland Shetland, Rum, Skye

By Robin McKelvie Much of our world today is dominated by retail hegemony and the mass-produced. We tend to slog through most of our shopping…