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1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 14 July 2012

This week, we bring you two special programmes...

10 years of National Parks in Scotland - It's 10 years since the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park was established, Scotland's first national park. We'll be hearing from people who visit it, live in it and look after it.

The Appin Murder of 1752 forms the centre of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel, Kidnapped. We follow the route the heroes of the book, David Balfour and Alan Breck Stewart took, from the island of Erraid off Mull - where they were shipwrecked - through Mull and Morvern and then over to Appin, where this key event in Scottish history took place.

Along the way, we discover why Robert Louis Stevenson's account of their travels was so historically and geographically accurate. Plus, the legacy of his famiy and their remarkable achievements building lighthouses around the coast of Scotland.

This programme will form Part 1 of our two part series looking at the new long distance route, the Stevenson Way, which traces Balfour and Breck's route all the way through the Highlands and down to Edinburgh.

  • Mark at the tiller

    Mark at the tiller

    Mark with Mark Jardine, skipper of the Birthe Marie, on their way to Erraid, which lies off Mull.

  • Fionnphort Bay on Mull

    Fionnphort Bay on Mull

  • Bracklinn Falls

    Bracklinn Falls

    ...in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park


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