Grand Tours Of Scotland

2017
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July 15, 2017

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Almost 50 kilometres from mainland Scotland, there’s a chain of low-lying islands that face the full might of the Atlantic Ocean: the Uists and Benbecula. On these islands there seems to be more water than land as a spectacular patchwork of freshwater lochs and pools pockmark the landscape. But it’s the unique ecology of these unspoilt islands that makes them so special. Paul’s journey sees him try his hand at fishing for wild sea trout, uncover the remarkable story of how South Uist became a m...
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S5 Ep3 - A New Island Life

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This episode, Paul visits two Hebridean islands which are very different; Gigha and Jura. Where Gigha is lush and verdant, Jura is rugged and bleak but Paul discovers that both islands have their own unique character and charm. Paul visits the world famous Achamore gardens on Gigha, and braves the perils of the notorious Corryvreckan whirlpool before ending his journey at the summit of the Paps of Jura.
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S5 Ep2 - Far From The Madding Crowd

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For this grand tour Paul is exploring the Isle of Mull and its satellite islands, to discover why they have become boltholes from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Island hopping from Erraid, to Ulva; Inchkenneth to Mull, Paul end his journey at the beautiful and remote Treshnish Islands where he experiences a spot of “Puffin therapy”.
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S5 Ep6 - Atlantic Twins

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This final episode sees Paul Murton visiting two of the most wind swept islands on our stormy coast, the 'Atlantic Twins' of Coll and Tiree. Paul learns about the famous military history of the MacLeans of Coll, tries his hand at sand yachting on Tiree and fulfils a long held ambition by making a boat trip out to the dramatic and iconic lighthouse on the rocky outcrop of Skerryvore.
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S5 Ep5 - Keeping It All Together

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There are 70 islands in the Orkney archipelago, but just how much of a challenge is it to keep all these islands connected? To explore what keeps all these remote places together, Paul is island hopping from North Ronaldsay to Papa Stronsay and then onto Egislay before ending his journey at the most southerly of the Orkneys; the island of Stroma which sadly is no longer inhabited. Paul makes a poignant journey to visit Stroma along with one the last people to live on the island, who remembers w...
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S5 Ep4 - So Near, So Far

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To begin this grand tour, Paul Murton is travelling on an icon of the west coast; an original steam powered puffer, and is exploring a string of islands just off the west coast near Oban. Paul discovers that these little known islands played a vital role in the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II and were, for centuries, the centre of slate production for the world. Paul’s final destination in this Grand Tour is Eileach an Naoimh, one of the Garvallach Islands, and home to some of the oldest...
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S5 Ep1 - Life At The End Of The Earth

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Paul is travelling to the beautiful islands of Eriskay, Barra and Vatersay which are famed for their white sandy beaches and stunning scenery. He discovers that Barra’s tiny airport, set amongst the sand dunes, is the only place in the world where scheduled flights land on the beach, braves the Atlantic swells to go lobster fishing with local fishermen and ends his journey at spectacular Barra Head which has been uninhabited for more than a hundred years.
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S6 Ep4 - Islay: A Race Apart

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Among the islands of the Hebrides, Islay claims a separate identity. Paul Murton travels from Finlaggan, where the famous ruler Somerled held court, along Islay's windswept coast, through its historic ports and villages to end on its highest mountain.
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S6 Ep2 - West Of Skyfall: Skye, Soay And Canna

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For this grand tour Paul’s journey begins at Loch Hourne on the mainland, takes him over the sea to the to Skye, then heads to the tiny island of Soay before finishing on Canna. 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.
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S6 Ep1 - West Is Best: From Lewis To Harris

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Presenter Paul Murton continues his odyssey, discovering the secrets of some of the most remote places in Europe. His first journey takes him to the largest island in Britain: the long island of Harris and Lewis. 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.
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