Islands – present | Day 1

What are the present opportunities and challenges facing and shaping the Scottish Islands? Explore the unique position, brilliant stories, and present realities of life in Scottish island communities in the second instalment of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Islands – past, present, and future event series.

Hear from a range of community leaders and experts as they discuss themes from language, archaeology, and landscape to the climate crisis, crofting, renewable energy, as well as many other topics.

Closed captioning is available in this video but please note that these are automatically generated, so captions may feature errors.

Video timings

  • 01:20 – Introduction to UHI Islands Strategy | Professor Neil Simco
  • 13:04 – An introduction to the Scottish islands | Professor Christopher A Whatley OBE, FRSE
  • 38:55 – Community land successes and opportunities | David Ewan Cameron and Rona Campbell
  • 01:19:40 – The Galson Community Trust – trials, tribulations and successes | Agnes Rennie
  • 02:16:27 – Q&A with David Ewan Cameron, Rona Campbell and Agnes Rennie
  • 02:35:03 – Perspective on wind energy opportunities | Faye MacLeod
  • 03:06:35 – A personal perspective on Island opportunities and challenges | Brian Wilson
  • 03:34:23 – Closing | Professor Des Thompson FRSE

Islands – past, present, and future

The Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Islands – past, present, and future event series puts the complex stories of Scotland’s Island communities in the spotlight – looking back, taking stock, and imagining the future. 

With each instalment taking place in a different island community and live streamed to ensure the widest possible reach, the Royal Society of Edinburgh aims to support networks of learning and knowledge sharing in the Islands as well as Scotland as a whole. 


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