Fàilte! (Welcome!)

Fàilte! (Welcome!)
This blog is the result of my ongoing research into the people, places and events that have shaped the Western Isles of Scotland and, in particular, the 'Siamese-twins' of Harris and Lewis.
My interest stems from the fact that my Grandfather was a Stornowegian and, until about four years ago, that was the sum total of my knowledge, both of him and of the land of his birth.
I cannot guarantee the accuracy of everything that I have written (not least because parts are, perhaps, pioneering) but I have done my best to check for any errors.
My family mainly lived along the shore of the Sound of Harris, from An-t-Ob and Srannda to Roghadal, but one family 'moved' to Direcleit in the Baighs...

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Monday, 17 May 2010

Earth Maps!

Google Maps has a new option called 'Earth'. http://maps.google.co.uk/

This is a hybrid between Google Earth and Google Maps but the most significant feature is that the satellite images are newer and appear to be at a higher resolution.

I have just spent a wee while counting feannagan (lazy-beds) on Lewis!

I only came across this option today but initial impressions are that it represents a significant advance.

If Google add Grid References and OS Mapping, they'll meet most of my online mapping needs (the exception being old OS mapping that is currently only available at http://www.old-maps.co.uk/index.html )

Today (Wed 19th May) I discover a Google Pilot for old OS maps at the National Library of Scotland site:http://www.nls.uk/maps/os/6inch/index.html. and http://geo.nls.uk/maps/os/popular/google.html

This provides the ability to switch between OS, modern, terrain and satellite maps AT THE SAME SCALE. The last time I saw this was on an earlier version of the 'old-maps' site, but this looks vastly superior - it is fab!

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