Some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery is to feature in two television programmes this week.
BBC ALBA, Scotland’s Gaelic channel, is to show An t-Eilean (From Skye with Love) and An Drochaid (The Bridge over the Atlantic) on Tuesday evening, 15 October.
From Skye with Love features the Trotternish peninsula on the island of Skye, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
It is home to some of Skye’s best known landmarks including The Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing, Kilt Rock and Fairy Glen and it attracts thousands of visitors every year. Trotternish also has a traditional crofting community and some of Skye’s strongest Gaelic speaking areas.
Filmed over a year, this seven-part series documents life in the villages of the Trotternish peninsula through the seasons.
In the fifth programme, Dugie Ross’s dinosaur museum is busy, the sheepdog trials are held in Staffin and it is Mod time for young musicians Clann Thròndairnis and the Kilmuir Drama Group.
This will be screened from 8.30–9pm.
Following immediately afterwards is The Bridge over the Atlantic, a unique music collaboration between Canada and Scotland. Two countries – although 3000 miles apart – are connected by a bridge.
Cape Breton fiddle player Colin Grant’s infectiously enthusiastic playing has made him a favourite on both sides of the Atlantic. Joining him is talented young Scottish fiddler, Ewen Henderson, whose own musical roots are deeply embedded in the rich traditional music scene of Lochaber on the west Coast of Scotland.
Together they take a unique road trip, a personal journey for both, and a journey of musical inspiration and discovery.
They will seek out musical influences in landscape and people in both Canada and Scotland, and connect with musicians, and people and place, and ultimately showcase their music and shared heritage at a unique concert as part of the international music festival, Celtic Colours in Canada.
The Bridge over the Atlantic is a fitting celebration of common bonds and cultural connections, 150 years on since the birth of Canada as a country.
Both programmes will feature English subtitles.