To Glasgow On Foot

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Duration: 35 minutes

Sally Magnusson samples the West Highland Way, a one-hundred mile walk through Scotland's stunning landscape between Fort William and Loch Lomond. Former MP Dennis Canavan explains why the area holds such special memories, and there are more inspiring hymns from St Mary's Cathedral and guest singer Emily Smith.

Music Played

8 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Robert Prizeman, Maurice Murphy, Steven Geraghty

    Robert Prizeman, Maurice Murphy, Steven Geraghty Songs of Praise Signature Tune

    Composer: Robert Prizeman

  • Image for St Mary’s Congregation and Connaught Brass

    St Mary’s Congregation and Connaught Brass Immortal Invisible

    Conductor: Gordon Stewart Tune: St Denio Music: Welsh hymn melody Words: Walter Chalmers Smith Arranger: Paul Leddington Wright Source - CH4 132, Canterbury Press

  • Image for St Mary’s Congregation

    St Mary’s Congregation I To the Hills

    Conductor: Gordon Stewart Tune: French (Dundee) Music: The Scottish Psalter Words: Psalm 121 Source - CH4 81, Canterbury Press

  • Image for Glasgow University Chapel Choir

    Glasgow University Chapel Choir Brother James' Air (The Lord's my Shepherd)

    Conductor: Christopher Hann Music: James Leith MacBeth Bain Words: based on Psalm 23 Source - Oxford University Press

  • Image for St Mary’s Congregation and Choir and Mike Bennett (Trumpet)

    St Mary’s Congregation and Choir and Mike Bennett (Trumpet) Angel Voices

    Conductor: John Bell Music: Edwin George Monk Words: Francis Pott Arranger: Kevin Macrae Taken from - CH 4 498, Canterbury Press

  • Image for St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Rona Pollard (Oboe) and Andrea Kuypers (Flute)

    St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Rona Pollard (Oboe) and Andrea Kuypers (Flute) Be Thou My Vision

    Conductor: Frikki Walker Composer: Bob Chilcott

  • Image for Emily Smith and band

    Emily Smith and band Somewhere Along the Road

    Written by Rick Kemp

  • Image for St Mary’s Congregation with Connaught Brass

    St Mary’s Congregation with Connaught Brass All Creatures of Our God and King

    Conductor: Gordon Stewart Tune: Lasst Uns Erfruen Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams Words: St Francis of Assisi Arranger: Robert Ramskill The English Hymnal, Oxford University Press

  • Factsheet for Sunday 22nd August

    Presented by Sally Magnusson from Glasgow

  • Interviewees

  • Andrew Wooff

    Andrew completed the walk with his friends, supported by his parents who provided food along the way. He was seen at checkpoint three, the Glen Coe ski centre, and at the end. Walkers were also filmed at other points along the route.

  • Rev Dane Sherrard

    Rev. Sherrard is minister of Luss Parish Church, which is celebrating the 1500th anniversary of the arrival of St Kessog at Loch Lomond. Luss has since become a focus for pilgrims honouring the saint, and to mark the anniversary, it has established two new focuses for pilgrimage.
    The Book of Hours, a personal, hand illustrated prayer book, belonged to the Countess of Moray when she married Sir John Colquohoun, laird of Luss. It was bought from a London bookshop in the 19th Century and taken to New Zealand by the then governor. Auckland City Library, which now owns his library, has loaned the Book of Hours to Luss Parish to allow it to be the centrepiece of its celebration.
    Luss has also turned its glebe - land originally belonging to the church for the minister to keep cattle and sheep - into a pilgrimage walk. Both the book and the glebe were visited by Prince Charles two days before we filmed.
    The Luss church services are broadcast weekly on the web to an audience of around 10,000.

    Luss On Line
  • Columba 1400

    Columba 1400’s aim is to help young people from tough realities to fulfil their leadership potential. Its first centre was established on the Isle of Skye by the Founder and Chairman Norman Drummond. Fundraising began on St. Columba’s Day 1997, 1400 years after the death of St. Columba. Norman has shaped his philosophy and that of Columba 1400 along the lines of John Buchan’s writing:
    “Our task is not to put the greatness back into humanity but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.”
    In June 2009, Columba 1400 was named the Bank of Scotland/Sunday Times UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year and in January 2010 the organisation received a Big Lottery Fund Award. Such significant recognition has resulted, in conjunction with the social philanthropy of Peter Armitage, in a second centre at Ardoch, Gartocharn on the south end of Loch Lomond. Peter and Norman were featured, along with Lindsey Robertson, a Columba 1400 Academy Graduate and Head Teacher of Castleview Primary School in Edinburgh.

    Columba 1400
  • Dennis Canavan

    Dennis, a former Westminster MP and Holyrood MSP, is a passionate hillwalker and now convenor of Ramblers Scotland. For many years he campaigned for the “right to roam”, giving public access to Scotland’s vast highland estates, and the West Highland Way’s establishment thirty years ago provided access and support for walkers on this ambitious route. Dennis himself walked the Way with two of his three sons when they were young, and again with his daughter and youngest in memory of his three older sons who have all died. Dennis spoke to Sally about those walks, and about how his faith helped him cope with grief and loss. The interview was filmed at Rowardennan, a Youth Hostel on the East side of Loch Lomond where Dennis and his sons rested while doing their walk.

    Rowardennan Lodge


Series Editor
David Taviner
Sally Magnusson
David Strachan
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra


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