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There’s something wonderful about Scotland – and about its islands. The wild and rugged terrain of the Highlands alongside the green and fertile Lowlands. It’s a country rich in history and heritage. I’m very fortunate to live close to the West Coast of Scotland and from my home I can head north and west: into the Highlands and to all the islands that lie off these western shores. Below is a list of articles that I’ve written for Scottish Islands Explorer, iScot and The Island Review: all excellent publications that are a great source of information about life in Scotland and on its islands – past, present and future.

vivienmartin@vival.scot

Date Article Title Publication Island/Location
Nov/Dec 2013 Scalpsie Bay: a Walk through Time SIE Bute
Mar/Apr 2014 Plague, Priests and Pirates: Islay’s intriguing Past SIE Islay
July/Aug 2014 Corrie Connections SIE Arran
Jan/Feb 2015 South Islay Distillery Path: a new walk SIE Islay
May/June 2015 Eilean Ban: dwarfed but not diminished SIE Eilean Ban
July/Aug 2015 Islands of Adventure: Islands in fiction SIE Arran, Bute, Lewis, Islay
Sept/Oct 2015 High Corrie: Isle of Arran SIE Arran
Nov/Dec 2015 Islands Beyond: Saaremaa in Estonia SIE Saaremaa
Mar/Apr 2016 Inchmurrin: a jewel in Loch Lomond SIE Inchmurrin
May/June 2016 In Search of Tintin SIE Barra, Arran
January 2017 Scottish Scenic Routes iScot Loch Lomond/Trossachs
February 2017 A Walk on the Wild: Bute’s West Island Way iScot Bute
March 2017 ‘A Distant Isle, where dark Deeds are done’ Island Review Scottish islands
March 2017 The Bone Cave of Inchnadamph iScot Assynt
April 2017 Cape Wrath – the turning point iScot Cape Wrath
May 2017 King’s Cave Arran – a walk back in time iScot Arran
June 2017 Spacemen and Spies – Glenelg has it all! iScot Glenelg
July 2017 “Mind the clachan of Aberfoyle!” iScot Aberfoyle
July/August 2017 Guest Columnist SIE Why islands?
August 2017 Not so Bloody Scotland! iScot Rannoch, Islay
Sept/Oct 2017 Coire Fhionn Lochan SIE Arran
September 2017 Glen Finglas iScot Glen Finglas
October 2017 Tragedy in the Gareloch (the K13) iScot Gareloch, Fairfields
November 2017 A Rich Blend of History and Whisky iScot Islay
December 2017 The Kellas Compass iScot Scotland/India
Jan /Feb 2018 Not All Plain Sailing! SIE Barra, Canna, Colonsay
January 2018 Weighing the World iScot Schiehallion, Perth
February 2018 Tintin’s Scottish Adventure iScot Arran, Barra
Mar/April 2018 From Tramway to Walkway SIE Bute
March 2018 Quines: the poetry of Gerda Stevenson iScot Scottish Women
April 2018 Where the Wild Things are iScot Mugdock Country Park
April 2018 Monks, Marauders and Madmen iScot Inchmurrin Island
May/June 2018 Dun and Sticir: North Uist’s Finlaggan? SIE North Uist, Islay
May 2018 Behind the Scenes at the Museum iScot Dr Elspeth King, Stirling
June 2018 Old Ways through the Glens iScot Highlands, Stoneymollen
July 2018 Val McDermid: Labels are for Jam iScot Fife, Oxford, Assynt
August 2018 Atoms of Delight: Art Of Christian Small iScot The Scottish Borders
August 2018 Garioch Women for Change iScot Aberdeenshire
Sept/Oct 2018 In Search of Saints SIE Eileach an Naoimh
September 2018 A View from the Bridge iScot Eilean Ban, Kyleakin
October 2018 Devils on my Doorstep iScot Finnich Glen, the Whangie, Auld Wives’ Lifts
Nov/Dec 2018 Coillabus: the future of island building? SIE Islay
November 2018 As  old as the Hills iScot NWH Geopark
Forthcoming
Jan/Feb 2019 Scoraig: almost an island SIE Scoraig
May/June 2019 Islands in Novels SIE Pabbay
May/June 2020 Sir William Macewan: surgeon SIE Bute
Sept/Oct 2020 Island Museums and their treasures SIE Bute, Islay and Skye