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55 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 06 February 2010

Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith are in the Mearns, marking the 75th anniversary of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's death and bringing you cycling, hill-walking and wildlife-watching ideas.

  • This week on Out of Doors

    This week the Out of Doors team bring you two special programmes to mark the seventy five years since the death of Scottish author, Lewis Grassic Gibbon. His most famous novel Sunset Song was set in the Howe of the Mearns in Aberdeenshire.

  • Sunset Song - Return to the Mearns

    Mark Stephen takes a journey back to the community of Arbuthnott where Lewis Grassic Gibbon grew up, and which formed the inspiration for Sunset Song. He gets a tour of the village from Isabella Williamson of the Grassic Gibbon Centre and meets a range of people living in the Mearns now.

    They share their memories of how life used to be working the land in the early twentieth century. Mark also gets an insight into farming there today, and hears about the aspirations of young people living there today.

  • Sunset Song - Exploring the Mearns

    Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith explore the Mearns - we hear about the particular geology which is responsible for the red clay soil which distinguishes the area.

    Mark, like Chris and Ewan in Sunset Song, takes a walk up from Stonehaven to Dunnottar Castle and hears about its chequered history. Euan investigates the caves and coves on the coastline around Dunnottar.

    Helen goes in search of lapwings or peewits, which form a soundtrack to the story. While Euan takes a walk up to the Rocks of Solitude near Edzell and feels the sensation of crossing the Highland Boundary Fault. And we also hear from Drumtochty Glen, home to one of Scotland's largest sitka spruces.


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