Island interests

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…


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…


Getting away from empty beaches: A passport to real community

Arts & Music, History & Heritage, Lismore, Mainland Shetland, Press, South Ronaldsay

By Annie Delin. Published in Scottish Islands Explorer. February / March 2023. Everyone knows that Scotland’s islands are wild, deserted, spectacularly…


Arran, the not so remote isle

Arran, Food & Drink, Island enthusiast, Outdoor Activities

By Robin McKelvie Off to Arran! Seeking a ‘remote’ or ‘untouched’ Scottish isle, the type so beloved of gushing TV presenters? Well, sorry, but you…


Artistic talents will ‘rub off’ on island tourists as passport stamps developed

Arts & Music, Mainland Shetland, Press

By Andrew Hirst. Published in The Shetland Times, Arts & Entertainment on Friday 27th January 2023. Dawn…