|| Molly is angry that Andrew has shunned
her since returning from their weekend away. After dodging his calls, she is confronted
by Andrew who explains that he has come to a big decision - he asks for Molly's
hand in marriage. The arrival of Molly's daughter Lizzie and grand-daughter Martha
proves a welcome distraction.
Paul and Archie manage separately to convince Jess and Duncan to accept the Head
Ranger job. Having become friends, Duncan and Jess turn the job down out of loyalty
to one another, and Paul and Archie end up in conflict. After a heartfelt analysis
of their relationship, Paul offers to leave Glenbogle. Lexie encourages a frustrated
Archie to give his relationship with Paul one last try and Archie asks him to
give the partnership another go.
An emotional Lizzie tells Archie that s she has a plan to radically shake up her
life. Lizzie reveals that she received a letter from Hector before he died describing
a mountain in Nepal that Hector climbed in his youth. She proposes to Archie that
they climb the mountain together - for their father, for their brother Jamie,
but most of all for themselves. Archie is torn but explains that he can't leave
Golly explains his deep feelings for Molly to Archie. When Golly reveals that
he plans to propose to Molly, Archie gives Golly his blessing and advises him
to be swift. Golly arrives at the house to ask for Molly's hand only to discover
that she has just accepted Andrew's marriage proposal. The family celebrate the
good news but Golly is left heartbroken. Archie toasts the happy couple and announces
that he, Lizzie and Lexie will be away for six months climbing Hector's beloved
mountain. Lexie, however, refuses as she feels the quest is for Archie and Lizzie
alone. She decides to stay behind and run the estate, so Archie asks Paul to stay
and help her until his return.
Lexie confronts Archie, when she suspects that he has no intention of returning
as Laird. Archie tells her that he has come to the conclusion that he and Paul
can't run Glenbogle together. He promises Lexie that when he returns from Nepal
they'll start a new life together.Archie and Lexie share a tearful farewell. A
heartbroken Lexie doesn't waste any time in letting Paul know that he will be
working for her, not with her
|| Lexie is determined to run the estate the
way Archie would have wanted it, and leaves Paul feeling redundant by taking on
all the estate responsibilities. Lexie takes Archie's seat on the board of the
Lagganmore distillery, which faces financial ruin. The young director, Amanda
McLeish, wants to make changes, but she clashes with Gregor, the conversative
head distiller. The MacDonalds have the casting vote and Lexie asks for more time.
Paul tours the distillery and meets Amanda. Following a date, Paul casts the MacDonald
vote in favour of Amanda's proposed changes, much to Lexie's fury.
Meanwhile, Molly and Andrew's relationship steps up a pace when he moves into
the big house. A broken-hearted Golly warns Molly that Andrew may prove untrustworthy,
but she refuses to listen. Golly finds solace in a bottle of whisky. Meanwhile,
Jess and Duncan are getting along famously until her college friend Guy arrives.
Jess puts Guy up in Andrew's cottage for a couple of days when she discovers Golly
drunk at home. However, Guy makes himself at home a little too much and invites
a host of friends up for a party. Jess is concerned about Andrew's cottage and,
when she tries to ask Guy to leave, he makes a pass at her.
Lexie is vindicated when the distillery workers strike and the business is threatened
with closure. Paul and Lexie declare a truce and collaborate on a solution. They
successfully convince Amanda and Gregor to make Lagganmore a working tourist attraction,
by using the strategies and contacts gleaned from Archie's reinvention of Glenbogle.
With a little help from Golly, Duncan cunningly evicts the troublesome Guy from
Thanks to Jess, Golly uncovers proof that Andrew has a history of fleecing rich
widows. He confronts Andrew about it, who confesses but explains that he is in
truly in love with Molly. Golly forces him to come clean to Molly. On hearing
of Andrew's past, a heartbroken Molly breaks off their engagement.
|| Lexie discovers that Dorothy has annexed
the island in the middle of the loch for a t'ai chi retreat. Golly and Lexie sabotage
the retreat, and win back the island. However, they find themselves marooned on
the island with a furious Dorothy. Meanwhile, Molly is trying to put her break
up with Andrew behind her. In a bid for solitude she heads for the island, to
find Lexie, Golly and Dorothy there. Dorothy scuttles the boat in her haste to
escape leaving them all marooned.
Lexie's attempt to install a household rota leaves Paul struggling with the domestic
chores. When Jess hints that she has her eye on someone, Lexie assumes that Jess
has a crush on Paul, and winds him up accordingly. An uncomfortable Paul begins
to suspect that Jess has the hots for him, but a bemused Jess puts him straight.
Meanwhile, Hermione has taken to stalking Duncan to convince him of their romantic
suitability. Duncan confides in Jess about his strife with his old flame. Jess
has, in fact, got her eye on Duncan, and the green-eyed monster rears its head
when Jess suspects Hermione and Duncan are back together.
Andrew decides to leave Glenbogle and he enlists Ewan to help with the packing
in exchange for a lift south. Ewan is keen to escape having got revenge on Dorothy,
who caused him to lose his job. Duncan forces Andrew and Ewan's van off the road,
as he tried to flee from a crazed Hermione. Paul rescues the van and convinces
Andrew and Ewan to stay and confront their problems.
Back at the island, the marooned foursome are getting desperate as night draws
in, and they try to contact the mainland. Andrew spots the signals and makes a
dramatic boat rescue with the aid of Paul. They save Lexie and Molly just as their
makeshift raft is threatening to sink. Molly and Andrew finally say goodbye and
part as friends. Duncan solves his stalking problem with a little help from Jess,
who "pretends" to kiss him in full view of Hermione in order to discourage
her. Hermione admits defeat, but warns Jess that Duncan will leave her heartbroken.
The domestic dispute is solved when the decision is made to employ Ewan as the
Lexie is determined to ensure that her first
solo clan gathering as the lady laird of Glenbogle is a success. She hires a documentary
crew to cover the event, so she can market a commemorative video of the weekend.
However, the filmmaker Mike Baxter proves to be rather shambolic. The arrival
of Charles MacDonald exacerbates Lexie's problems. Charles is sneakily looking
for opportunities to undermine the Glenbogle event, so he can host the event at
his castle. Charles takes offence at the presence of a bottle of Lagganmore whisky.
The Lagganmore distillery is owned by the Clan McLeish, and Charles informs Lexie
that the MacDonald clan has been feuding with the McLeish clan for almost four
hundred years. Meanwhile, Paul and Amanda are growing closer. When the recently
bereaved Amanda asks if she can scatter her father's ashes by the estate loch,
Paul agrees. Lexie is hesitant due to the clan feud, but she reluctantly agrees,
with the condition that Amanda's ceremony is conducted in secret.
Jess invites Duncan to the croft for a romantic dinner. Duncan is distracted by
the arrival of Jess' new washing machine and spends the evening in vain trying
to plumb it in. The next morning they 'nearly kiss' but the moment is interrupted
by Molly. Later, Jess takes the initiative and kisses him. They are discovered
by Golly, who later confides to Molly that he believes Duncan and Jess being together
is a mistake.
Baxter strikes a deal with Charles and they prepare a trap for Lexie. During an
interview for the video, Baxter demands to know why Lexie has flouted a four hundred
year old feud and insulted the clan by involving McLeishs. It looks like Charles
has succeeded in his plan. Meanwhile, down at the loch, Paul has lost the box
containing Amanda's ashes. In a desperate bid to save Amanda's feelings, he transfers
some ashes from the barbeque to a similar canister. However, Duncan had the same
idea and Amanda becomes distraught when they both present their ashes.
When Charles and Baxter arrive with the rest of the clan, it's revealled that
they stole the real ashes. They wanted to ensure they caught the scandalous McLeish
ceremony on camera. With the clan and the mourners in a face-off, Lexie steps
in. She explains that Amanda's father and Hector were great friends and appeals
to the clan to call an end to the feud. Her speech is well-received and the clan
decides to make their peace. Even Charles concedes and joins Amanda in a toast.
Amanda says goodbye to her father, and the clan gathering continues into the night.
||Lexie's dad makes a surprise visit to Glenbogle
and tries to win his estranged daughter over. Alex is a charming rogue with an
erratic relationship with the truth. Lady Dorothy takes a shine to him, and employs
him as her chauffeur. Golly is still adamant that Jess and Duncan shouldn't be
involved. Jess accuses her dad of being unreasonable and decides to move into
the big house. Duncan overdoes the pink chiffon when he gives Jess's bedroom a
makeover to welcome her, and Jess soon begins to feel smothered by his constant
presence. She escapes from the house and pitches a tent at the campsite in search
of some peace. Finding her there, Duncan is hurt by Jess's apparent rejection.
When Molly decides to buy a horse, Golly accompanies her to a nearby farm which
is run by a dotty old woman, Edith McDougall. The eccentric Edith refuses to sell
the mare to an unmarried couple so Molly lies and says Golly is her husband. Golly
improvises with a romantic story about his proposed to Molly. They are forced
to keep up the pretence when Edith insists that they stay the night. In the same
room, but with Golly on the sofa, he tells Molly how he has never been able to
admit his feelings for her. The next morning, Edith offers to sell the farm to
Molly and Golly so they can run it together.
Lexie is shocked to learn that Amanda is, in fact, married. When Lexie asks Paul
if he knows, he hides his obvious hurt. Lexie finds Alex hiding from Dorothy down
by the loch. They discuss the past and Alex apologises for hurting her; however,
Lexie is too angry to forgive her father. Meanwhile, Paul confronts Amanda about
her husband. She explains that her marriage is one of convenience and hopes that
she and Paul can still remain an item. Paul tells Amanda he can't continue on
Still wrestling with their decision, Golly and Molly meet Edith's son, Charlie,
at the farm. He explains that his mother is prone to fantasising and he actually
owns the farm; it is not his mother's to sell. Realising that the opportunity
of starting a new life together was only ever a dream, Molly and Golly resolve
to remain at Glenbogle as loyal friends. Lexie finally accepts that Alex is sticking
around only to find that he is on the run from gangsters and is forced to leave
Lexie and Alex have an emotional farewell, as Alex promises Lexie he will return
one day. Golly finally gives Jess and Duncan his blessing. Duncan reveals a surprise
birthday party for Jess's birthday, and Paul is reunited with Amanda.
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