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Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs episode 8

Grand Tours of Scotland's Lochs episode 8: Paul travelling hopefully from the shores of Loch Hope to the glorious and lonely expanse of Sandwood Bay on the far north west of Scotland. Along the way he encounters a Pictish king and an ancient broch, discovers wartime secrets in Loch Eriboll and a hidden monument to a naval disaster.     The single-track road around Loch Eriboll still uses passing places to allow overtaking. It was on this very same road…

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Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs episode 7

Grand Tours of Scotland's Lochs episode 7: Paul sails along a much-loved route through the Kyles of Bute to Dunoon, discovering a secret history of WW2 bouncing bombs along the way.     From Dunoon and its connections with international singing star Harry Lauder, Paul gets nostalgic about nuclear submarines in the Holy Loch. Here he meets a man with an impressive water-powered organ. Crossing the loch, Paul beats hot steel with a blacksmith whose ancestors have been working Vulcan’s…

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Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs episode 6

Grand Tours of Scotland's Lochs episode 6: Paul explores the magical Argyll coast, travelling from the sacred sands of Kilmory Bay on Loch Sween.     On the beautiful Lilly Loch in Knapdale forest he gets a glimpse of beaver, before joining a group of steam enthusiasts restoring an old puffer on the Crinan Canal. Stone Age rock art leads him north to Loch Awe, where he drives a herd of Highland cows towards his final destination - the mountainous…

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Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs episode 5

Grand Tours of Scotland's Lochs episode 5: 1.2 billion years ago, the far north of Sutherland was struck by a meteorite.     The wreckage of this cataclysmic event has been almost completely worn away by time, but the rocks in the landscape still bear some traces, which Paul unpicks as he embarks on a grand tour from Lairg on Loch Shin to Lochinver and, finally, to the summit of Suilven - the sugarloaf mountain.   Grand Tours of Scotland's…

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Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs episode 4

Grand Tours of Scotland's Lochs episode 4: Paul travels into the secret heart of the Rough Bounds of Knoydart by way of Loch nan Umbh, Loch Morar, Loch Nevis and Loch Arkaig.     He lifts the lid on the area's secret connection with the celebrated SOE (Special Operations Executive) which Churchill hoped would set Europe ablaze. On the shores of several lochs, agents were trained in the dark arts of sabotage. On Loch Morar, Paul meets a man who…

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