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A History of Scotland episode 2 – Hammers of the Scots

A History of Scotland episode 2 - Hammers of the Scots: Neil Oliver charts the 13th century story of the two ruthless men who helped transform the Gaelic kingdom of Alba into the Scotland we recognise today.     While Alexander II forged Scotland in blood and violence, William Wallace's resistance to the nation-breaking King Edward I of England hammered national consciousness into the Scots.   A History of Scotland episode 2 - Hammers of the Scots   Alexander II…

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Read more about the article A History of Scotland episode 1 – The Last of the Free
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A History of Scotland episode 1 – The Last of the Free

A History of Scotland episode 1 - The Last of the Free: Archaeologist, broadcaster and writer Neil Oliver charts the birth and growth of the Scottish nation in a comprehensive series.     Over 10 episodes, Oliver presents the best of Scotland's varied landscapes, iconic landmarks, monuments and historic architecture -- all shot in high definition -- picking up on the richness of the country's heritage as well as its major characters and influences. The series begins with how the…

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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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