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1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 17 March 2012

This week, the island of Gigha celebrated 10 years of community ownership. Back in 2002, it was the largest community buy out of its kind, and the main aim was to secure decent and energy efficient housing for islanders. Since the democratically elected Gigha Heritage Trust took over, the population has increased from around 90 to over 150. The school roll has increased from 6 to 18, and the island has a variety of businesses. In a special programme, we look at the achievements of the island, and how they plan to secure an equally prosperous future.

Everyone has a place where they like to go, a place where they feel comfortable. Somewhere to put things into perspective. This Saturday, we'll be launching a writing competition aimed at capturing this. My Favourite Place - in partnership with the Scottish Book Trust - will be seeking any form of writing in no more than 1000 words focussing on a loved environment in Scotland.

Ambassador for the project, Sally Magnusson, takes Mark to her favourite place in the foothills of the Campsies.

Plus, cycling for learning. Mark joins a group of school pupils from Bishopbriggs as they do an historical cycle tour as part of their curriculum.

Can red and grey squirrels live in harmony? They do in one of Out of Doors listener's gardens. But will it mean inevitable death for the reds?

And Mark attempts to catch a fish in Morven.

  • My Favourite Place

    My Favourite Place

    Where is your favourite place in Scotland? What makes it special to you?

    Scottish Book Trust and BBC Radio Scotland invite you to write about your favourite place in Scotland. We want to get Scotland writing, inspired by our country's best-loved places.

    Write a story, poem, song lyric, diary entry, letter or sketch about your favourite place, submit it on our website and your story could appear in a book or be broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland.

    Helen Needham tells us more on the blog
  • Achamore House on Gigha

    Achamore House on Gigha

  • The Island of Gigha from the ferry

    The Island of Gigha from the ferry

  • My Favourite Place in Scotland launch

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