You glide along stunning coastlines, relish fresh seafood cuisine, and wander through the ruins of an ancient era. And treasured tales that'll last you a lifetime. Paul begins his journey on Coll where he meets Nicolas Maclean Bristol, owner of Breachacha Castle and descendent of the ancient MacLeans of Coll whose history on the island goes back to the 14 th century. Return late afternoon for a second night in Thurso. He then travels by puffer to explore a little known string of islands just off the west coast near Oban.
Next by ferry to Skye, back to the mainland at Kyle, then via Plockton and Inverness to the far north coast and Thurso for a day-trip to Orkney, before returning South, through the Cairngorm National park and a final night in Perthshire before ending in Edinburgh. Paul Murton sets out to experience island life today. We only share data with business partners where it is necessary to fulfil our service. Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands For centuries, the magic of the Scottish Islands has drawn travellers from far and wide. With an ancient history, most of the building you will see today dates from the C17th.
Can I pick one up? Do you think that would make a good breakfast? For the next 0:10:17 0:10:21 100 years, unlike many landlords, who invested in sheep, 0:10:21 0:10:26 they invested in people, developing industries, 0:10:26 0:10:30 such as linen manufacture, mining, fishing and distilling. Tragically, a terrible storm in 1881 flooded the quarries with seawater and put an end to the slate industry here, but Easdale itself remains unchanged, with its white-washed cottages and a vibrant, though small, community. He uncovers the past and reveals its connections with the present, pointing to the quirky, the surprising and the beautiful lying just offshore. The seafront hotel for this single night stopover includes a welcoming, traditional bar and restaurant boasting plenty of fresh, local produce. After visiting, earth science may be your new favourite subject. Join a late afternoon seal-spotting boat trip from the harbour.
We will respond to your availability check within one working day if at all possible. Day Eleven Join a small group tour to the Orkney Islands to discover some of the World Heritage Site wonders of this northerly island group, from the 5,000 year-old stone age village of Skara Brae to the ceremonial Ring of Brodgar and the towering stones of Stenness. 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. We use your data to prepare holiday proposals and to make bookings for you if you choose to go ahead. On this Grand Tour, Paul is exploring a cluster of islands in the Outer Hebrides. But it's when you arrive that the true adventure begins. 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.
The majority of islands are accessible by boat or ferry. 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. Put my back into it. Paul makes a poignant journey to visit Stroma along with one the last people to live on the island, John Manson, who remembers what it was like when it still had a thriving community. 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.
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. As you approach an island, you feel excited. Orkney was part of the kingdom of Norway until 1469 and many of the Isles still retain elements of their Norse heritage. It is remarkably preserved with an intricate maze of dwellings. Line From To Among the islands of the Hebrides, 0:00:02 0:00:03 there's one that can rightly claim to have a separate identity. We also analyse data in order to develop and improve our products and our service in the future. Paul learns about the strategic importance of.
The Isle of Skye is an intoxicating mix of all that is great about Scotland's islands, and the dramatic landscape of the north embraces everything from lava-twisted rocks to stunning waterfalls. In the final episode of the series, Paul embarks on his most difficult island Grand Tour to date. This part of Scotland has some of the most outstanding Neolithic treasures on the planet. 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. Please set an alarm and add Grand Tours Of The Scottish Islands to your favourites, so we can remind you by email when there's a new episode available to watch. 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.
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. Your first two night stop is in a welcoming family-run small hotel with views towards Ben Nevis and wonderful home-cooked food — dinner here is included. All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels. Man has been here for over 6,000 years, living off the sea and thin soil. And how many of those are there? We take the overnight ferry. The ancient burial ground contains the graves of many Scottish Kings, including Malcolm I, Donald I and Macbeth.
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. Magnificent in a very different way is the ornate Italian Chapel, built in a Nissen Hut by Italian prisoners of war. Paul's journey reveals a bittersweet story of islands where life seems to continue against the odds, in the face of declining populations and the challenges that come with being so remote. Money was being spent on Islay to build 0:09:14 0:09:19 schools, churches, to help with drainage and other things, 0:09:19 0:09:25 and also, of course, one of them decided to clear 0:09:25 0:09:28 the old village from over here, which was the centre of the island, 0:09:28 0:09:32 and build a completely new town of Bowmore. Paul's journey sees him travel to the once-inhabited island of Heisgeir, sail around the gannet city of Sula Sgeir and endure rough seas to finally make landfall on the extraordinarily remote island of North Rona.
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. 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. Amid the stunning scenery, the six-part series has some choice nuggets of Scottish history as well as tales from modern-day islanders about their livelihoods, such as peat-cutting on Jura, and interesting pursuits, such as sand yachting on the beaches of Tiree, interspersed with archive clips and pictures of times past. We have 6 episodes of Grand Tours Of The Scottish Islands in our archive. From here Paul is island hopping to Papa Stronsay, which is now populated by an unconventional order of Monks who have chosen to make the island their home. 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.