South West

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…


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…


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…


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…


An introduction By Robin McKelvie

Arran, Coll, Fetlar, Island enthusiast, Jura, Lismore, Muck, Mull, Papa Westray, Skye, Ulva, Unst, Wyre

We’ve teamed up with talented travel writer Robin McKelvie to bring you a series of blogs sharing our mutual love of the Scottish Islands. Read…