Journalist, award-winning travel blogger, and expat Scot in the USA. Also known as Katie. Experienced in writing features on everything from education and politics to arts, culture, and travel.
How Comhairle Ceilidhs unite Islanders across the world
The music calendar in the Western Isles is usually packed year-round, with live music spilling out of pubs, arts centres, and festival tents – but it all fell silent in the wake of the national lockdown.
How novels drew inspiration from Harris visits
Elisabeth Gifford fell in love with the Isle of Harris after spotting a photo of a white holiday cottage in a newspaper’s small ads nearly 20 years ago...
A Letter from Afar
I’m a Rubhach who grew up with a view of Bayble Island, but—a bit like the man in charge of the country I now live in—I’ve got family connections to the other side of Broad Bay.
Schools are out for summer... and back in August
After three months of lockdown learning, staff and pupils across Scotland are enjoying a well-deserved break during their summer holidays – and enjoying it with the knowledge that schools will be returning as normal in August.
Memorial Day in lockdown mode
In the United States, this weekend – the Memorial Day holiday weekend – is considered the unofficial start of summer...
Islanders across the world take a look at coronavirus and its impact
First-hand accounts of COVID-19 experiences from Scottish islanders around the world.
Applied Learning Awards Ceremony
Scottish Apprenticeship Week, held this year from 2nd – 6th March, is an annual celebration of the diversity which makes work-based learning beneficial for individuals, employers, and the economy.
Roots of Empathy...what it is like to be as little children
What can a baby teach us about empathy? For local school pupils taking part in the Roots of Empathy programme, the answer is everything from empathy to emotional resilience and even responsible citizenship.
Stickleback science work at Sgoil Uibhist a Tuath
There’s a big question currently on pupils’ minds at Sgoil Uibhist a Tuath in North Uist: why are the local stickleback fish losing their spines?
Family science learning at Balivanich School
Families gathering around the kitchen table to conduct science experiments might not be what immediately comes to mind when you think of homework, but homework has looked a bit different for pupils at Sgoil Bhaile a’ Mhanaich in Benbecula recently, and it’s all thanks to the school’s family learning programme.
Daliburgh School...outdoor learning from crofts to canoes!
From crofting to kayaking, the pupils at Daliburgh School in South Uist have been making the most of their island environment to supplement their classroom learning experience.
Pupils enjoy an ocean of appreciation in city
Dìleab: Air a Chuan (Legacy: On the Ocean) is part of a larger project that emphasizes culture, connection, and community in the Outer Hebrides. But one of the Sgoil Lionacleit performances during the recent Dìleab concert at Celtic Connections in January had more than a community connection – it had a direct family link, too.
Gaelic learning drive becomes a revolution
From Duolingo to Dìleab, and Twitter trends to national headlines, the Gaelic world has been buzzing in recent months.
Dìleab: Air a’ Chuan at Celtic Connections
For the young people on stage at the New Auditorium, it was a unique experience. On January 17, they performed for hundreds of people at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and another 3000 online, as part of Dìleab: Air a’ Chuan (Legacy: On the Ocean) at Celtic Connections, celebrating the islands’ rich connection with the waters which surround them.
Young people's hub to open in Town Hall
Care Day, the national celebration of care- experienced young people, takes place each February across Scotland, falling this year on 21 February. And in the Western Isles, Care Day will be extra special, with the launch of a brand-new young people’s hub in Stornoway Town Hall.