Grand Tours Of The Scottish Islands

April 2018

S4 Ep5 - Islands Of The Forth: Fortress Islands Of The Forth

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Paul Murton explores the islands scattered in the Firth of Forth. 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. 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 the unforgiving rock, with 160,000 ga...

S4 Ep4 - Lismore And Colonsay: Island Pilgrimage

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Continuing his island-hopping odyssey Paul sets sail on an island pilgrimage in the footsteps of saints, visiting Lismore, Colonsay and Oronsay. Paul hears the extraordinary story of Saint Moluag who established a monastery on Lismore, joins writer Alexander McCall Smith on his yacht and uncovers the remarkable secrets revealed by a Viking ship burial on Colonsay.

S4 Ep3 - Small Isles: Small Is Beautiful

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Small Isles: Small Is Beautiful - On this Grand Tour Paul sets off from Mallaig to visit a group of islands famed for their unusual names - Rum, Muck and Eigg. Paul meets the real ‘Lord Muck’, visits the dramatic Kinloch Castle on Rum and joins the Eigg's islanders in a very special celebration of the island's community buyout. (From the UK) (Documentary) G CC

S4 Ep2 - Islands In Loch Lomond: Landlocked Islands

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Islands In Loch Lomond: Landlocked Islands - In the second episode of the series Paul Murton turns his back on the sea and discovers the secrets of Scotland’s landlocked islands; on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. 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. (From the UK) (Docum...
March 2018

S4 Ep1 - Fair Isle To Foula: So Far, So Good

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In the first episode of Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands, Paul Murton sets out to visit the myriad of islands that hug our coastline. He heads straight for Britain’s two remotest island communities, Foula and Fair Isle in Shetland. Paul makes a nerve wracking visit to “Da Sneck o’ da Smallie” – a ravine in the cliffs of Foula which leads through to the island’s Atlantic shore. On Fair Isle, Paul attempts to spot rare birds before meeting some of the knitters behind the beautiful patterns whi...
October 2016

S4 Ep6 - Skye: Against The Odds

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Skye: Against The Odds - On the final grand tour of the series Paul Murton goes over the sea to Skye to visit the home of celebrated writer and naturalist Gavin Maxwell, before scaling the famous Cuillin mountain, Am Bastier. On the nearby Isle of Raasay he learns about "Calum's Road" – the amazing true story of the determined crofter, Calum Macleod, who singlehandedly built a road to connect his isolated community. (Final) (From the UK) (Documentary) G CC