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Life at the Ends of the Earth

Paul Murton experiences island life. He visits Eriskay, Barra and Vatersay in the Outer Hebrides and learns about the inspiration for Whisky Galore.

Paul Murton travels to the Outer Hebrides and the beautiful islands of Eriskay, Barra and Vatersay. Meeting local people on Eriskay he discovers how this island's remote location helped preserve a unique way of life for centuries and also allowed the locals to hide thousands of bottles of whisky from the excise men who came visiting when a ship laden with a valuable and thirst-quenching cargo ran aground here in 1941. This was one of the less sober chapters in the island's history and was the inspiration for the famous film Whisky Galore.

Moving on to Barra, Paul visits the only airport in the world where scheduled flights land on the beach, finds out about the island's tradition of crofting and goes foraging for cockles. Heading across the causeway to Vatersay, Paul joins local fishermen trawling for lobsters and ends his journey at spectacular Barra Head, which has been uninhabited for more than a hundred years.

29 minutes

Last on

Sat 28 Oct 2017 20:45


Role Contributor
Presenter Paul Murton
Series Producer Kathryn Ross


  • Mon 22 Sep 2014 19:30
  • Tue 20 Oct 2015 19:00
  • Mon 2 Nov 2015 19:00
  • Sat 28 Oct 2017 20:30
  • Sat 28 Oct 2017 20:45

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