Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands Series 1

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Travel Documentary hosted by Paul Murton, published by BBC in 2015 - English narration

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In the first Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands, Paul Murton sets out to visit some of the myriad of islands that lay off our coastline. Series 1 Compilations - 4 x 60 minutes.

[edit] Part 1. Foula, Fair Isle and Loch Lomond

Heading to Foula and Fair Isle, the most remote island communities in Britain, Paul makes a nerve-wracking visit to the Sneck o' da Smallie - a pothole in the cliffs of Foula which leads through to the Atlantic shore on the island - and learns about the beautiful knitting patterns which have made Fair Isle world-famous. Next, Paul Murton is turning his back on the sea and discovering the secrets of Scotland's landlocked islands, heading to the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. To begin his journey, Paul takes a stunning microlight flight across the loch to get a bird's-eye view of one of Scotland's most iconic beauty spots, before going island hopping to meet some of the extraordinary people who live here.

[edit] Part 2. Rum, Muck, Eigg, Lismore, Colonsay and Oronsay

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 islanders in a very special celebration of the island's community buyout. 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.

[edit] Part 3. Firth of Forth and Isle of Skye

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 gannets for company. Next, 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.

[edit] Part 4. Gigha and Jura

Paul visits two islands of the Inner Hebrides - Gigha and Jura - which are only a few miles apart but couldn't be more different. He then travels by puffer to explore a little known string of islands just off the west coast near Oban.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 24 (~4534Kbps)
  • Video Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC
  • Audio Bitrate: Q=0.45 VBR 44.1KHz (~128Kbps)
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 56 mins
  • Number of Parts: 4
  • Part Size: 1.88 GB (average)
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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