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Episode 4

Episode 4 of 5

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 15 November 2010

Take a walk though any landscape in Scotland, and there's a story to be uncovered - of human lives, and the impact we've had on the land around us. Join Iain Stewart as he walks through some of Scotland's most intriguing landscapes, guided by people who live and work in them, to uncover tales of how we have exploited, celebrated and enjoyed Scotland's forests, hills, lochs, glens and shores.

Exploring the theme of water, Iain visits a project in which human activity has had a startling impact on a landscape. The upper reaches of the River Nith in Ayrshire flows through an area of open cast coal mines. Ten years ago, coal was discovered under the river - and the decision was taken to move it - literally taking a 3km stretch of river, and moving it aside. Three years after that, coal was found underneath the river's new path - so it was diverted again. Yet in spite of the scale of the intervention, the fisheries board who manage the river believe the river environment is now better than it was before the move.

  • Explore the River Nith in East Ayrshire

    Explore the River Nith in East Ayrshire

    Download the audio walk and our printable guide and follow the route taken by Iain Stewart.

    1: Dalricket Mill and lagoon pits
    2: Buffer Zone
    3: Burn Diversion
    4: Culverted Stream
    5: Valley View

    Map reproduced by permission of Ordnance Survey on behalf of HMSO. © Crown copyright and database right 2010. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100019855

    Printable guide (PDF) 1.1MB
  • River Nith Photo Gallery

    River Nith Photo Gallery

    See photographs from the walk
  • Scotland's Landscape

    Scotland's Landscape

    Dunmore is just one of the river landscapes featured on the Scotland's Landscape site, where you can explore locations across the nation through rephotography and clips from Radio Scotland and BBC Scotland programmes.

    Scotland's Landscape: Dunmore


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    Walking Through Landscape

    Take a walk through Scotland's most intriguing landscapes. With Iain Stewart.

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