For this grand tour, Paul is visiting 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. Crossing the Sea of the Hebrides Paul sets off to explore the Shiants; heads east to the romantic Isle of Ewe, and on to the Summer Isles, before travelling to the mighty cliffs of Handa.
Paul visits two of the most windswept 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.
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. Despite only being two miles from the mainland, life on this island became just too difficult and it was abandoned in the 1950s. Paul makes a poignant journey to visit Stroma along with one the last people to live on the island and who remembers what it was like when it still had a thriving community.
To begin this grand tour, Paul 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 religious buildings in Scotland.
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.
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'.
In this first episode, 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.
In this first episode, Paul is travelling to the beautiful islands of Eriskay, Barra and Vatersay which are famed for their white sandy beaches and stunning scenery.
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.
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.
Continuing his island-hopping odyssey Paul sets sail on an island pilgrimage in the footsteps of saints, visiting Lismore, Colonsay and Oronsay.
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.
By the end of the Victorian era, Scotland had become a favourite summer holiday destination. But what happened when the chill winds of winter began to blow?
Paul Murton visits the places connected to the life of one of the first global superstars - Robert Burns - the man who made Ayrshire famous.
The search for a comfortable bed for the night is a challenge that has faced tourists coming to Scotland for over 200 years. In this episode, Paul Murton travels from the shores of the Firth of Forth into the depths of rural Perthshire, and his trip requires him to bed down in everything from a hippie yurt to the exclusive Lochnagar suite at the Gleneagles Hotel.
Paul Murton experiences the wild side of life as he crosses the northern highlands of Scotland coast to coast, from the remote lighthouse at Tarbat Ness over to the iconic castle of Eilean Donan.
The first travellers to come north were predominantly men. Scotland was considered to be very much a 'man's world' - full of unseen perils, and definitely not a place for ladies! In this episode, Paul Murton travels through Dumfries and Galloway to uncover the stories of the pioneering female tourists who were determined not to be left at home and bravely headed north to explore Scotland.
The first episode sees Paul travel round one of Scotland's best loved holiday destinations, the Isle of Arran, known as 'Scotland in miniature'.
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