On this Grand Tour, Paul is exploring a cluster of islands in the Outer Hebrides. Lying just off the North Uist coast is princely Berneray, where his journey begins. When my daughter was younger, we did this and managed to find all the buildings from the show. In the second episode, Martin visits Islay where he is able to sample the local whisky. Paul begins his adventure at one of the star attractions of this part of the island, the Old Man of Storr, and his journey takes him on journey of discovery following in the footsteps of the dinosaurs who once walked this land, through the enchanted fairy glen and out to the seldom-visited Fladda-Chuain islands.
There have been episodes on mainland Shetland and the. On the west coast of Scotland are a group of islands that are so remote they almost seem to have been forgotten by the rest of the world and are populated by just a few hardy souls. Along the way he sings with the Shanty Yell Men, who came together to celebrate their Norse heritage, learns how to 'roo' Shetland sheep the traditional way, and gets an incredible opportunity to see the wild otters who make their home here in Shetland's pristine waters. And finally, Paul fulfils a long-held ambition to visit Out Stack, the rocky outcrop that is famous for being the 'full stop' at the edge of Britain. Each episode usually focuses on one island and the running time is around 30 minutes. Along the way he meets a cast of characters who live along the shores of our great waterways, uncovering intriguing tales from the past, and experiencing the glories and variety of the ever changing scene.
He discovers that these seemingly peaceful islands have a dramatic history of war; from Medieval English raids on the monastic island retreat of Inchcolm, to the first air raid attack on Britain above Inchgarvie. Every destination has been long abandoned by people, there are no ferries, no piers or proper landings at these islands making it quite a challenge to get there. Their plan was to scour the British Isles for the best independent drinks, soak up pub culture, and then open a pub of their own, packed full of drinks from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. There are maps available from the Tourist Information Office in Craignure on Mull, that show you where the characters live or work. Currently on television is a spin off from Coast called Town — the first episode of which featured the port of Oban and was a fascinating look into the history of this important west coast town.
On the shores of several lochs, agents were trained in the dark arts of sabotage. Along the way he will join a dedicated bunch of Ileach who are keeping the seafaring traditions of the island alive, discover the secrets of Islay's illicit whisky distilling past and travel to the stunning Mull of Oa on the island's south coast, before climbing Ben Vicar for a breathtaking view across the Hebrides. Monty Halls Great Hebridean Escape — Monty becomes the Ranger for 6 months on the Uists and as part of his job he explores the central and southern parts of the Outer Hebrides. Part 3: Against the Odds: Out Skerries, Whalsay and Papa Stour Paul explores the eastern outposts of Shetland — Papa Stour, Whalsay and the Out Skerries, encountering along the way newborn lambs, ancient ruins and traditional Shetland sword dancing. Atlantic Britain — Adam Nicholson was the owner of the Shiant Islands his son owns them now located in between the Outer Hebrides and the Isle of Skye. He uncovers the past and reveals its connections with the present, pointing to the quirky, the surprising and the beautiful lying just offshore.
Crossing the Sea of the Hebrides, Paul sets off to explore the Shiants, heads east to the romantic Isle of Ewe, and onto the Summer Isles, before travelling to the mighty cliffs of Handa. These islands, which lie on Scotland's northern frontier, are as much Scandinavian as Scottish and were in fact once part of Norway. Time Team — there have been several episodes of Time Team from the Scottish islands. The wreckage of this cataclysmic event has been almost completely worn away by time, but the rocks in the landscape still bear some traces, which Paul unpicks as he embarks on a Grand Tour from Lairg on Loch Shin, to Lochinver and finally, to the summit of Suilven — the sugar loaf mountain. Paul hears the extraordinary story of Saint Moluag who established a monastery on Lismore; joins writer Alexander McCall Smith on his yacht and learns about the remarkable secrets revealed by a Viking ship burial on Colonsay. Along the way, Paul visits the house which was the inspiration for Skyfall, home of Britain's most famous spy James Bond, embarks on a nerve-wracking caving expedition under the summit of Blaven and discovers the remarkable story of shark fishing off Soay.
Paul takes a stunning microlight flight across the loch, for a bird's eye view of one of Scotland's most iconic beauty spots, before island hopping from Inchcailloch, to Inchmurrin and Inchtavannach to meet some of the extraordinary people who live there. And finally, although not specifically about the beauty of the scottish islands, the crime drama Shetland will be back for a fourth season soon. Since the earliest times, lochs and their associated waterways, have provided a network which helped link the country long before the development of roads, railways and motorways. Part 5: War and Peace in the North: From Flottay to Sanday On this journey Paul crosses the great natural harbour of Scapa Flow to the island of Flotta, before heading round the main island of Orkney to Stronsay, and from there travelling north to the stunning beaches of Sanday. The 6 part series left a legacy with a 16-page full-colour booklet detailing trails that had been restored on the islands of , , , , and. This programme sees Paul travel from Finlaggan, where the famous ruler Somerled once held court, along Islay's windswept coast, through its historic ports and villages to end on its highest mountain.
The series was based in Tobermory in the Isle of Mull. Along the way Paul discovers stories of World War One, a mysterious beast, and Orkney selkies. About the show On this first island odessey, Paul travels from the remote island of Foula in Shetland, to the Small Isles of the Inner Hebrides, and then onto the landlocked islands of Loch Lomond, to discover the secrets of some of the most beautiful places in Scotland. Below are a selection of my personal favourites: An Island Parish series 5, 6 and 11 — series 5 and 6 were filmed on the in the Outer Hebrides in 2011, An Island Parish deals with day to day life on a remote Hebridean island as Father John Paul adjusts to life away from the mainland. To celebrate the rich and longstanding relationship between lochs and people in Scotland, Paul Murton sets off on a Grand Tour of Scotland to explore the deep sea lochs of the west coast, and to ply the freshwater lochs that adorn the Highlands. Paul learns about the strategic importance of Inchkeith's defences during two world wars, before heading to the Bass Rock, to learn more about the history of prisoners incarcerated on this unforgiving rock, with 160,000 gannets for company.
On the Isle of Mull, the team believed that they had found the bones of a local saint! Also, more recently Time Team have visited the Isle of Mull and the Isle of Skye. He also visits the Monach Islands, before pushing further out to St Kilda, the only double World Heritage Site in Britain. On these islands there seems to be more water than land, as a spectacular patchwork of freshwater lochs and pools pockmark the landscape. Part 1: The Riddle of the Sands: From Berneray to Pabbay Paul Murton continues his island odyssey, exploring the remote and fascinating places which scatter our coastline, and meeting the people who call these islands home. He was about to film there and was researching the island with a local guide. But in all of the three islands Paul explores, he discovers they have their own voice, made proud and distinctive by the determination of the islanders to keep their communities alive. Part 2: Bridging the Gap: Scarp, Great Bernera and Scalpay This grand tour takes Paul around the coast of the Long Island of Harris and Lewis, beginning on Scarp, travelling north to Great Bernera, then south east to Scalpay.
On Loch Morar, Paul meets a man who claims to have seen the legendary monster Morag pronounced Voorag , before getting a ferry to Inverie in the heart of the Rough Bounds and searching for Jacobite gold beside Loch Arkaig. Paul tries his hand at weaving Harris Tweed, meets the family behind the world-famous Stornoway black pudding and uncovers the remarkable story of how a mysterious medieval chess set was discovered on the remote beach of Uig on Lewis. . Paul travels into the secret heart of the Rough Bounds of Knoydart by way of Loch nan Umbh, Loch Morar, Loch Nevis and Loch Arkaig. Castaway — filmed on the island of in the Outer Hebrides, Castaway was a year long social experiment to see how a group of disparate people could live together without the comforts they enjoyed in their normal lives.