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Journalist, award-winning travel blogger, & expat Scot in the USA (also known as Katie). Experienced in writing features on everything from education and politics to arts, culture, and travel.

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Photography from the heart and soul

Earlier this year, Laetitia Vançon’s documentary photo series depicting life in the Outer Hebrides went viral.

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50 years on, Eileen looks back at how Doune Braes traditions have changed

After half a century, it’s safe to say that Doune Braes Hotel, on the west side of Lewis, has become a beloved fixture in the local community.

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New committee chair aims for educational equality

“We’re a rural location and an island location, so we very much have to depend on our own devices to take matters forward."

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From life in Carloway to the US world of whisky...

It was January 2016 when Gemma Paterson received the phone call that would change her life as she knew it.

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This Is What It's Actually Like To Grow Up On A Scottish Island

The freedom I had as a child gives my memories the filter of a fairy tale.

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Gaelic Americana... from Alaska to Sleat and beyond!

American singer-songwriter Kyle Carey spent her early years in Alaska, grew up in New Hampshire and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York – yet to hear her speak Gaelic, you could be forgiven for thinking she was an islander.

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Hands-on chance to feel life on the croft

Visitors to the Hebrides looking for a real taste of island life need look no further than Ness in Lewis, the location of Donald ‘Sweeny’ Macsween’s croft tourism venture, Air an Lot.

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Islanders cross the pond... into the world of US soccer

More and more British footballers are moving 'across the pond' to play in the USA – and among them are two island players making a name for themselves in the American soccer world.

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Luxury cruising for Hebrides

The Midnight Rose is a true luxury yacht, the kind you expect to see on the French Riviera, with glittering celebrity parties taking place on deck as the sun goes down.

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Finding Love at a Food Stand

I met my husband at a street food stall in China.

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It's all change for weddings, US-style

When I moved to America to get married, I thought I knew what to expect – but I was in for a few surprises, and none more so than in the realm of weddings.

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PC Louise in NY Marathon

Almost 50,000 runners from around the world started the New York City Marathon yesterday morning (November 6th), pounding the pavements for 26.2 miles through the city’s five boroughs – and one of them was Western Isles Police Officer Louise Henderson.

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The story of the first dog in space...

Artist and writer Nick Abadzis talks to Katie Macleod, one of his neighbours in America, about how he came to retell the story of Laika.

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Kevin MacNeil: Looking forward to book festival

"It's home. As any islander knows, no matter where you live, your true home is on the
island,” says author Kevin MacNeil about returning to Lewis for Faclan, the Hebridean Book Festival at An Lanntair.

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Faclan - my favourites

Books make armchair travellers of us all, something that this year’s Faclan, the Hebridean Book Festival at An Lanntair, proves very well.