28 June 2011

This Sunday, 9pm, the BBC's acclaimed series featuring Neil Oliver and Miranda Krestovnikoff visits the Outer Hebrides and Shetland in an island-hopping adventure. It's a programme showcasing just some of the fabulous sights, sounds and heritage of islands that are now so much easier to visit and enjoy.

On Eriskay, Nick Crane gets unique access to the island's close-knit communities. Nick has a close encounter with a family of dolphins and he is invited to a golden wedding anniversary where the whole island gather to party. On the Isle of Lewis, Nick meets the leader of the Guga Hunters, a small band of men following the age-old tradition of catching young gannets.

Neil Oliver explores the tragic shipwreck of the Iolaire. On New Year's Eve 1918, over 200 servicemen returning home from the First World War, drowned within sight of their homes on the Isle of Lewis as the Iolaire was torn apart in ferocious seas. The disaster is little known outside the Outer Hebrides, but the community of Lewis still grieve in private nearly 100 years later. Neil seeks out the last witness who shares her first hand memories of the tragedy.

Hermione Cockburn is on an expedition to Staffa. Armed with an acoustics expert, a violinist, and a starting pistol, she conducts a curious experiment to explore the remarkable musical quality of Fingal's Cave.

Miranda Krestovnikoff is on Shetland to search for the shy otters who struggle to survive on this wild coast. She also ventures out to the tiny Isle of Noss to see the remains of a remarkable project to breed a super strong Shetland Pony.

Tessa Dunlop is on a deep-sea survey ship to see how the epic voyage of HMS Challenger first revealed the astonishing secrets of life in the depths of the world's oceans, a global quest that began with surprising discoveries of mysterious creatures deep in Scottish seas in the 1860s.

Don't miss it!


Scotland’s Islands - the events, exhibitions and activities happening all year round.

We list every event we hear of, large and small, taking place on the islands of Scotland or taking place elsewhere and relating to Scotland's Islands. They provide a unique opportunity to savour the diversity and excitement of island life. Check our our facebook page for general updates too -  

There has never been a better time for you to visit Scotland's Islands, to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and unspoilt beaches, to get close to dramatic wild-life, learn about our heritage, participate in a great range of activities, and enjoy our music, food and drink.

All this on some of our 99 inhabited islands large and small (and many more uninhabited) accessible by sea and air in six regions: Argyll & Bute, Highland, North Ayrshire, Orkney, Outer Hebrides and Shetland.



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