Scottish Island News – November 2017
There are some interestimng articles about Scottish islands this week. the first is an article about volunteering on the remote island of St Kilda. Something I have always wanted to do. The artice explains what the rocess is for undertaking this and the positives and negatives of actially doing it, although there is mainly only positives for me.
Volunteering on St Kilda is all about DIY and clearing ditches. Yay! | Travel | The Guardian
Wanted: DIY-er with retail skills – or shop assistant handy with paint brush. Must be happy to be marooned on a remote Scottish island for a fortnight in May with 11 strangers and minimal sanitation. Ever since the National Trust for Scotland was bequeathed St Kilda in the 1950’s,
volunteers have taken the wild, three-hour Atlantic boat ride to the four “islands on the edge of the world”. Volunteering on St Kilda is all about DIY and clearing ditches. Yay! | Travel | The Guardian
The next article is about another remote island, Handa. The island is located on the north west coast of Scotland and is a National Nature Reserve. The Scottish Wildlife Trust is looking for a Ranger to look after the island, wildlife and visitors. Handa is a beautiful island, but I imagine it can be quite severe in winter. Some of the cliffs are extremely high.
Britain’s most remote job: fancy spending your winter on an uninhabited island with just 200,000 birds for company?
Those with that feeling should definitely apply for Britain’s most remote job – a ranger is wanted on an uninhabited island which is home to over 200,000 seabirds as well as Britain’s remotest and most expensive public toilet. The Scottish Wildlife Trust is looking for someone to tend to the birds on the remote isle of Handa for £14,500 a year. However, some 7,000 plus visitors come to the island every summer, which has become so popular the Wildlife Trust installed a comfort stop. Britain’s most remote job: fancy spending your winter on an uninhabited island with just 200,000 birds for company?
The third article is about visiting the Outer Hebrides, something I have done on several occasions. Here, the article gives good advice on things to do and places to see as well as recommendations for food and drink etc.
What to do and see in the Outer Hebrides | The Independent
The Outer Hebrides are islands of extremes: 119 islands (of which just 14 are inhabited) dangling in the far north-west corner of the map of the UK. They’re an area of beautiful, isolated beaches where you can enjoy Robinson Crusoe moments, your footprints the only ones on the sand. The wildlife, too, is breathtaking: deer to dolphins, otters to golden eagles are all easily spotted. There’s a food trail, pointing you to the many small-scale outlets where you can enjoy salmon, chocolate cake or a dram of whisky produced with water from the island’s own hills. What to do and see in the Outer Hebrides | The Independent
The final article is an interesting story about Simon Yates, who was famous as having the film ‘Touching the Void’ based on a life and death experience whilst mountain climbing in Peru. If you haven’t seen the film, tracj it down, it is excellent.
Simon is about to complete a challenge that I am trying to complete myself. He has visited all the scottish islands that have a regular ferry service. There are around 90. I have currently visited just under 70, so I still have around 20 to visit.
Cumbria climber to complete 20-year isles quest – BBC News
Simon Yates became a household name in the 1980s following a harrowing expedition to Peru with climbing partner Joe Simpson. This weekend, Yates is to visit Cumbrae, the last isle on his list. He has also visited the Shetland Islands, including its isles of Foula and Fair Isle, accompanied by his family. Cumbria climber to complete 20-year isles quest – BBC News