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In July 2011 Cape Farewell embarked on a month-long expedition by boat across the Scottish Islands, bringing the notion and experience of expedition home to the UK, with an exploration of island ecologies and cultures, and of the strategies for sustainable and resilient futures being implemented across the Scottish Isles. More ›

The Crew

The expedition crew of 40 includes island artists, storytellers, film makers, playwrights, architects, designers, musicians, community leaders, social scientists, ecologists, marine biologists, oceanographers, poets, acclaimed Gaelic singers and a chef.
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‘On these isles’

Lawrence has a 7am coffee break after feeding cattle.
‘On these isles’ is a project by photographer Ed Smith, whom we had the great pleasure of meeting when visiting the Island of Eigg. Ed has spent large periods of time on Eigg and other Inner Hebridean isles capturing life there in pictures. Have a look at more of his images and this project at... Read more ›

Spume

Photo by Sion Parkinson
(1) On the crossing from Ullapool to Stornaway on the Calmac, I wrote myself a list of rules, a set of behaviours that would concentrate my efforts, or assuage any guilt from any feelings of impotence, in my seven days aboard the ship. (1.1) Rules: (1.1.1) Take photographs, more than you need to, get in... Read more ›

Mingulay

Puffins

Canna

Seagulls illuminated by the light of a fishing boat, Canna
 

Story of an object

Objects
I am interested in how we can draw on the existing materials from the islands and be inspired to find a story within their environment. This story, I believe, is important and creates and emotional connection with an object. If we are able to read the story of an object and are given the beginnings... Read more ›

Mar Chuimhneachan/ in memoriam

Mar Chuimhneachan Shiubhail sinn seachad air Tobar Chaluim Chille Tro thonn-a’-chladaich far an d’rachadh iomadach gille Don bhlàr bhàn gu h-ìseal a chur air an iomain. Sgùrr Eige ‘s an dà Chuilitheann bhuam ‘s a’ chlann a-bhos. Càite bheil na gillean ud an-diugh? Chan eil for no ros Ach, a bhalachaibh, tha sinn fada nur... Read more ›

Bàn/ fallowgroundvacantwhite

Bàn Mun bhaile bhàn ann an Eilean Eige, Fitheach a’ sgiathalaich gu h-àrd leis fhèin Timcheall is timcheall na creige Ri Glac an Dorchadais ri grèin Is an uair sin a’ dol a laighe Mun fhritheach ann am Beinn Taighe. Eilean Eige 20-07-2011   fallowgroundvacantwhite by the fallowgroundvacantwhite townvillagefarmhome on the Isle of Eigg, a... Read more ›

Ràn/ dissonantcry

Ràn An dèidh feasgar a chur seachad a’ seòladh thar na linne (‘S a cainnt fhèin aice) ‘s fàs tinn ‘s nas tinne, Chuir sinn air tìr ann an Rùm ‘s na fachaich ann ri ràn Sa chaolas mun taigh-mhòr, cho ciùin agus rèidh, Far an lìonmhor na cuileagan-meanbh ‘s na fèidh Gu h-àrd anns... Read more ›

An Dà Chuilitheann/ the two Cuillins

An Dà Chuilitheann Nach eil sinn àraid – Bha sinn a’ seòladh leinn mar chàraid Mun Eilean ‘s Rùm eadar an dà Chuilitheann, Còmhla ‘s gun a bhith le chèile ‘S mo shùil agam air beinn thall ‘s m’ ùidh air tèile Fad’ air falbh uam sna h-Alpaichean Juilitheann. Eilean Rùma 18-07-2011   the two... Read more ›

Don Chaimbeulach/ for the Campbell one

Don Chaimbeulach Am bu tu, saoil, a dh’fhairich mi fhìn thall, A Mhaoilis chòir, a’ siubhal ri Rubha nan Gall Ri taobh a’ chaolais far an siùbhladh tu gu tric? Agus an taigh-solais bhuam agus, ri ràn, Gille-brìde, cleas a’ bhàird ri dàn ‘S e ‘g iolach a-mach gu h-àrd: Bi glic! Bi glic! Tobar... Read more ›

Dàn / fatepoem

Dàn Dàn an Eilein Mhuilich, Nach duilich, An t-Eilean Muileach. Is na bailtean a dh’fhàs bàn buileach A chunnaic mi bhuam thar Chaolas Mhuile Sa cheò sa mhadainn. Sin uile. Caolas Mhuile 16-7-2011     fatepoem the fatepoem of the Isle of Mull, hardsorry, the Isle of Mull. and the townvillagefarmhomes which wastegrewbecame fallowgroundvacantwhite perfectfrugaladvantagecompletely... Read more ›

Aisling / dreamnightmareaislingwomanvisionpoem

Aisling Eadar a bhith na seasamh gu buan Fad na tìde buileach baileach Agus fad aon tacain, Fon uisge mun chuan, Air na bacain Air talamh tioram, Aileach. Dùn Stamhanais 15-07-2011     dreamnightmareaislingwomanvisionpoem eitherbothbetween in its standing hardylonglasting the length of the tideweathertime perfectfrugaladvantagecompletely and the length of one littletacksupportminute, under the water-rain by... Read more ›