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Matt, Charlotte and Steve are on the Auchlyne Estate in Perthshire. It’s the first of four visits they’ll make this year, charting life on the estate through the seasons.

Matt, Charlotte and Steve are on the Auchlyne Estate near Killin in Perthshire. It’s the first of four visits they’ll be making over the next year, charting life on the estate throughout the seasons.

Matt meets Emma Paterson, the laird of the estate, to learn about its history and the plans for its future. He also gets a lesson in preparing their prized highland cattle for a show. Charlotte hooks up with Emma’s daughter Nicola for a spot of deerstalking and chats to gamekeeper Ian Dingwall about turning a profit from the venison. Steve is down by the river trying his hand at fly fishing for salmon, and there is a closer look at the life of Auchlyne’s resident handyman Dave Christie.

Away from the estate Adam discovers that for one rare breed of sheep it’s already shearing time, and Tom goes back to the classroom to see if the next generation of farmers are being given the training they need.

55 minutes

Last on

Tue 18 Feb 2020 01:00

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

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Meet the Laird

Meet the Laird

Matt gets a tour of the 18,000-acre Auchlyne estate with the current Laird, Emma Paterson.  

We learn the estate’s history and how six generations have lived here since 1888.  

Matt also helps out with the grooming of their pedigree breed of Highland cattle.



The season for salmon fishing has just started on the Auchlyne estate and Steve heads down to the River Dochart for a spot of fly-fishing.

He learns all the right moves with the laird’s brother, Niall Bowser.  

Future Farmers

Future Farmers
Tom investigates whether enough is being done to ensure the UK's wannabe farmers are being given the right training.He discovers specialist land-based colleges are struggling with high overheads, student recruitment and funding.Many are having to diversify to offer wider training - but does that mean they are growing away from their roots in agriculture?Meanwhile, apprenticeship schemes are also being overhauled and not everyone is happy they are offering the right skills for the industry... 

Thoroughly Modern Milk-Round

Thoroughly Modern Milk-Round

When it comes to milk - the old-fashioned clink-clink of glass bottles on the doorstep is having a bit of a revival.

Adam's on his way to see one milk round that’s not only improving the fortunes of farmers but also changing the face of breakfast altogether.

Paul Balmer’s family dairy has been supplying milk to East Lancashire’s milkmen, cafes and shops for more than forty years.

After years of hardship and hard graft, demand is growing again - thanks to the return of the traditional glass bottle which appeals to milk-lovers who want to go plastic-free.


Deer-stalking is a traditional pursuit that brings in much-needed income to the Auchlyne estate. 
Charlotte sees how it's a way of life that doesn’t just bring in cash but also helps to control deer numbers.  
Estates like Auchlyne have to cull a set number of deer each year under guidelines laid down by Scottish Natural Heritage.
But shooting for sport is controversial and doesn’t sit comfortably with many.
So Charlotte's spending some time with Nicola - Emma’s daughter and heir to the estate -  and gamekeeper Ian Dingwall to weigh up the pros and cons.


Role Contributor
Presenter Matt Baker
Presenter Charlotte Smith
Presenter Steve Brown
Presenter Adam Henson
Presenter Tom Heap
Series Producer Joanna Brame
Executive Producer William Lyons


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