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Wolf Island

I believe that the people who live and work here are best placed to run the island. All we are asking for is the chance to shape our own future, and provide opportunities for our children and generations to come. Community ownership offers us a say in that future. And that is what makes it essential. - Rebecca Munro, Ulva resident


Runrig (feat. Julie Fowlis)

festival of islands

Short video intoduction to my time as the Artist in Residence at the splendid ØY Festival based on the island of Papa Westray in Orkney. - Watercolour Music

The Wild in Me: Dave Cuthbertson, mountain photographer

Renowned climber, photographer and mountain guide Dave 'Cubby' Cuthbertson explores Steall Gorge and the slopes of Ben Nevis as he reflects on a life shaped by the mountains.

Up Hellly Aa season: Scalloway

Get close to the fiery action at the 2019 Scalloway Fire Festival, and hear how Maurice Jamieson feels to be the Guizer Jarl, Thorbjorn Hrollaugsson.

Held on the second Friday of January each year, this is the first of Shetland's 12 fire festivals and Up Helly Aa's.

Up Helly Aa is a superb spectacle, a celebration of Shetland history, and a triumphant demonstration of islanders' skills, spirit and community. It takes several thousand people 364 days to organise. Much of the preparation is in strictest secrecy. The biggest secret of all is what the head of the festival, the 'Guizer Jarl', will wear and which character from the Norse Sagas he'll represent in each of the 12 Shetland fire festivals held between January and March each year.
What the Helly Aa? (Your guide to Shetland's Up Helly Aa fire festivals)
Fire in Winter

When The Shouting Is Over

When the race is run and the shouting is all over / Come on home.’   

Kris Drever, from If Wishes Were Horses

An Lanntair - Supporting Artists

This short film follows the progress of musician Calum Macleod (Mother Night), a visual artist (Margaret Ferguson), and a jewellery maker (Jordane Symington of Islewear) as they receive help from the artist support scheme run by An Lanntair Art centre in the Outer Hebrides.

Filmed by Ruaraidh Urpeth, the scheme is funded by the The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Emergents, An Lanntair and managed by Hebrides Contemporary Arts /
Alex Boyd.
Find out more at here

Photographing the Orkney Islands after a Storm

An unexpected trip back to Orkney, Scotland. Taking photographs in the middle of winter after a hurricane. I got one day of eerie calm, which may have been the eye of the storm, as i negotiated a storm of my very own at the same time. - Ewan Dunsmuir

Crònan na Caillich / the old woman's lullaby

The 3rd 'movement' of a traditional Highland bagpipe pibroch (piobearachd) air. Lyrics are by the late Angus MacPhee of Skye from his book "The Crunluath Collection". Filmed on the Isle of Canna in the Inner Hebrides - Fiona J Mackenzie

Sheòl an Iolaire

Sheòl an Iolaire/The Iolaire Sailed is an art installation designed by Torcuil Crichton and Malcolm Maclean to mark the centenary of the Iolaire tragedy.

The full-scale reproduction of the ship, with the hull marked out with 280 posts for each man aboard, is uncovered at low tide and illuminated at high tide.

As the Women Lay Dreaming

It affected every member of the community and cast a ghastly shadow over whole communities. Many of those affected could not move on with their lives – such was the impact of so many losses on such a sparsely populated part of Scotland. - The Press and Journal

If you can frame a narrative around your grief, if you can express it, you're half way toward healing.    Donald S Murray

'sea of grief'

Dìleab: A’ Cuimhneachadh Tubaist na h-Iolaire

Chaidh seo a chlàradh aig Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais air Dihaoine 14 Dùbhlachd 2018. Chìthear sgoilearan Àrd-sgoil MhicNeacail le taic bhon choimhearsnachd agus còisirean bho air feadh Leòdhas agus na Hearadh agus iad a’ comharrachadh ceud blìadhna on a thachair tubaist na h-Iolaire. Oidhche air leth agus Dìleab phrìseil.

This video was recorded at Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais on Friday the 14th of December 2018. Hosted by the Nicolson Institute with support from community musicians and choirs from Lewis and Harris. A truly special evening in which the centenary of the Iolaire tragedy was commemorated.

Information on New Year Iolaire Centenary Commemoration Events
National commemorative service recalls Iolaire disaster
Service to remember the lost at the Iolaire memorial


A Community Remembers

a live stream of the Call na h-Iolaire Community Remembrance Event will be available here at 9.20pm (GMT) on New Year's Eve.

the 'crown sorrow of the war'

Torchlight procession through Stornoway to remember the Iolaire

An Iolaire

Calum Martin
14-18 NOW
The Darkest Dawn

a live stream of the Call na h-Iolaire Community Remembrance Event will be available here at 9.30pm (GMT) on New Year's Eve.

Remembering the Iolaire

A short video from the shore line of Sandwick, near to where I grew up. This spot marks the point of the Iolaire disaster of January 1st, 1919. This January we will mark the 100th anniversary of this disaster. 201 men lost their lives yards from the shore, minutes from the harbour of Stornoway. These were men coming home on leave for New Year after the armistice of WW1. It is a tragedy that is keenly felt by islanders to this day and I am proud to be able to tell the stories of these men. There were heroes on the night, people who probably never viewed themselves as heroes but through their efforts a total of 79 men were saved. - Alyth McCormack