A tour of Scotland from the comfort of home

TV weatherman Sean Batty will embark on a scenic journey across the length and breadth of the country in a stunning new STV series.

Sean’s Scotland starts on Monday, 3 June at 8pm, and viewers will follow STV’s popular weather presenter as he explores some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes.

From the wilds of Sutherland down to Dumfries and Galloway and the Isle of Colonsay across to Aberdeenshire, Sean will be meeting people and hearing stories from all corners of Scotland.

On his travels, Sean meets local people to learn how Scotland’s ever-changing weather affects their lives and hear about the work that goes into protecting the environment, whilst getting up close with the amazing wildlife that thrive on these remote shores.

In the village of Ballater, in the heart of Royal Deeside, Sean meets residents who pulled together to recover from flooding caused by Storm Frank in 2015. He helps to build a living riverbank on the River Dee to prevent erosion and protect salmon stocks, and stops by Glenshee Ski Centre to find out how recent poor winters have affected winter sports.

Sean’s journey takes him to Ben Shieldaig, which has been bought from a private landowner to protect for future generations, he plants trees at the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, helps with lambing on the shores of Loch Maree and meets a group of school children from Ullapool, whose campaign to save the seas has taken them across the world.

On the Isle of Mull, Sean gets a closer look at the local wildlife – he swims with seals, meets the puffins who have made their seasonal return, goes looking for otters and learns about the island’s White-tailed Eagle programme.

Visiting Dumfries and Galloway, Sean learns about bee keeping and visits Kirkcudbright to learn why it has the name ‘Artists’ Town’, while in Sutherland he takes a closer look at the dramatic landscape in the Northwest GeoPark, which is studied by people from across the world.

Sean said: ‘We already know we live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, but the environment has suffered over the years. Over the course of the series I’ll take you on a journey to some of the most scenic parts of the country, and introduce you to lots of lovely people along the way.

‘It’s a very varied programme where I try my hand at paddle boarding, basket weaving, bee keeping, gin making and river bank restoration. But the programme is all hinged on those people who work tirelessly to save Scotland’s countryside and provide nature with a helping hand to ensure it remains beautiful for a long time to come.’

Stephen O’Donnell, director of programme strategy and marketing at STV, said: ‘This seven-part series will take viewers on a journey to some of Scotland’s most breathtaking landscapes, bursting with vibrant characters, fascinating stories and – of course – unrivalled Scottish scenery.’