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Grand Tours of Scotland's Lochs

  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • Nature

Summary

Paul Murton sets out to explore the lochs of Scotland, travelling from the wilds of the west coast to the Grampian Mountains, discovering the secrets of these iconic features of the Scottish landscape

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Episode 3: Taming the Wild

Summary

Paul Murton continues his Grand Tour with a chilly swim across Loch Ba high on Rannoch Moor and struggles against the elements while trainspotting. He also meets some veteran Tunnel Tigers - men who tunnelled deep inside the Grampians, diverting water to hydroelectric schemes.

Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

It’s a lovely job striding through Scottish scenery – all that air, all that sky – but there are some drawbacks for Paul Murton as he walks over the bleak majesty of Rannoch Moor. Namely midges, those wee biting beasties that bedevil summer visitors to the Highlands. Murton is assaulted by a swarm just after he’s swum across one of Rannoch’s lochs – “It’s going to hurt,” says his companion – but he continues manfully. And there’s plenty for him to see: ancient tree roots emerging from peat looking like they fell there yesterday; remnants of ancient pine forests; the vast hydroelectric schemes that employed hundreds in the 1950s. And what looks like the loneliest railway station in the world…

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  • Episode 3

    Taming the Wild

    Summary

    Paul Murton continues his Grand Tour with a chilly swim across Loch Ba high on Rannoch Moor and struggles against the elements while trainspotting. He also meets some veteran Tunnel Tigers - men who tunnelled deep inside the Grampians, diverting water to hydroelectric schemes.

    Review

    A star rating of 3 out of 5.

    It’s a lovely job striding through Scottish scenery – all that air, all that sky – but there are some drawbacks for Paul Murton as he walks over the bleak majesty of Rannoch Moor. Namely midges, those wee biting beasties that bedevil summer visitors to the Highlands. Murton is assaulted by a swarm just after he’s swum across one of Rannoch’s lochs – “It’s going to hurt,” says his companion – but he continues manfully. And there’s plenty for him to see: ancient tree roots emerging from peat looking like they fell there yesterday; remnants of ancient pine forests; the vast hydroelectric schemes that employed hundreds in the 1950s. And what looks like the loneliest railway station in the world…

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show.

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterPaul Murton

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerHarry Bell
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