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Scottish Islands Explorer

March / April 2014 -  Volume 15 -  Issue 2

A Short Cut to the Islands 
Roger Butler tells the story of the Crinan Canal

Loch Melfort Hotel
Jack Palfrey delights in an hospitable destination

Islands Beyond
David Saunders recalls a great polar saga, on Elephant Island

Islands in Bloom
Mavis Gulliver anticipates Spring

Castle Island

James Hendrie follows in the footsteps of Mary, Queen of Scots


Readers' Opportunities

Luxury in bags, warmth, riding and a hotel stay

Deferred Pleasures; Present Stimulus

Jean Marshall provides both


Centrepiece

Andrew & Nicola Pennill depict the way along the Harris Coffin Road

Plague, Priests and Pirates
Vivien Martin investigates Islay's intriguing past


The Island Above All Others

Tom Aston was surprised by what he found in Unst

Neolithic Air

Richard Clubley flies off to see life on Orkney 5000 years ago

J R R Tolkien's Lost Islands
Andrew Wiseman searfches for Middle-earth's inspiration

A'Gaidhealtachd

Sarah West pursues local and global connections to learn Gaidhlig

Love and Music Will Endure
John Randall introduces a new historical novel by Liz MacRae Shaw

Crossword Sponsored by the Islands Book Trust

Tom Johnson sets his ninth challenge


Island Incidents

Julie Munday on an Antipodean love affair


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