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Monty Halls' Great Hebridean Escape

Episode #1.5 (Season 1, Episode 5)
TV Episode | Documentary

As November starts, Monty realises that he has loads of work to do, and little time left. To help open up the islands to tourists he's writing a guide book to a series of trails. This week, he investigates the Bonnie Prince Charlie route ...See moreAs November starts, Monty realises that he has loads of work to do, and little time left. To help open up the islands to tourists he's writing a guide book to a series of trails. This week, he investigates the Bonnie Prince Charlie route on horseback - following the prince's escape route from the islands in 1746 after his abortive attempt to seize the English throne. He also heads south to Vatersay, to help with an anti-erosion project, then up to Benbecula to join a hedgehog patrol, trapping this introduced and unwanted species for relocation to the mainland. Before Monty can start marking out his trails, his trusty Landover grinds to a halt, and has to be towed away for repairs. So he sets in a tiny hire car out to mark the trail on Berneray, then heads for the shelter of a local pub, where students from the local college are practising traditional music around the inviting peat fire. He interrupts his trail-blazing to visit the final lamb sales of the year. Meeting Heather Morrison, the crofter he got his turkeys and pigs from, he finds that lamb prices are up from £5 to nearly £50 in just one year. After weathering a power cut, Monty guns up his quad bike to research the final trail, meeting archaeologist Kirsty Macdonald on the site of an old Iron Age 'wheelhouse' Before returning to mark it out the trail, Monty organises a beach clean-up, collecting fifty bags stuffed with rubbish. Then he returns to mark out the Udal trail, but a particularly lusty sledge-hammer blow lands on his foot. Assessing the massive lump, he has no option but to dunk his foot in the icy seawater - 'old-style Hebridean first aid!' As he hobbles away, the first snowstorm of the winter hits with a vengeance. Written by Tigress Productions See less
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Updated May 19, 2010

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May 19, 2010 (United Kingdom)

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