The beetle from my garage turns out to be Hylotrupes bajulus (House Longhorn Beetle) and is new to the Hebrides. Richard Moore says that it is found in dry seasoned coniferous timbers especially in attics of houses and packing cases; larvae can take from three to ten years (or more) to develop.
This is not all good news in that the larvae bore holes in wood rather like large woodworm. However, I am reasonably confident that it will have emerged from wood I have been given to burn rather than from the garage timbers which are all treated timber and not that old.
I have been away for over two weeks – hence the gap in blog.