IF you’ve got the January blues, BBC ALBA has just the tonic for you – a new series which features a very likeable young chap, Ramsay MacMahon, as he ventures far and wide across Scotland for the ultimate stay-cation.
Ramsay, who lives and works in Glasgow, but is originally from Edinburgh, is a firm believer that the only way to get through the week is by escaping to the countryside at weekends for some action-packed fun.
In this series, Mach à Seo!/Let’s Go!, Ramsay guides viewers through wild camping on the Isle of Rum near a Grecian-style mausoleum where the previous owners of the island, the Bullough family, are buried. He also visits their old castle which is filled with weird and wonderful furniture and trinkets, including tiger rugs, unusual sculptures and portraits. Ramsay also meets the island’s own protected breed of Highland ponies.
He creates some unforgettable memories when he travels to Shetland on the longest day of the year, where it barely gets dark, so that he can see a rare wildlife phenomenon – flocks of storm petrels coming to nest in an ancient iron-age Broch.
He also watches the Jacobite steam train pass over the now very popular tourist attraction of Glenfinnan viaduct made famous in the Harry Potter films. It’s become so popular that they’ve had to extend the viewing platform to fit in all the visitors which can sometimes amount to about 150. The car park has also been extended for tourists who come from all around the world.
He tries some of the most extreme activities on offer in the country including a bungee jump in a highland gorge at Killiecrankie.
Ramsay also enjoys tasting world award-winning Cullen Skink soup in Cullen, and visiting Pennan, where Local Hero was filmed. He meets an American couple who after watching the film came to visit and loved it so much they stayed! On Orkney, Ramsay kayaks out to a shipwreck in the turquoise blue waters – the ships were sunk after WW1 to stop U-boats coming in to Scapa Flow.
Ramsay, whose family come from Eriskay in the Western Isles, said: “This programme is the perfect antidote to those January blues giving viewers amazing ideas for mini-breaks across the country and at the same time showing the beauty of Scotland’s landscape and nature.
“I particularly enjoyed wild camping, which isn’t always permitted in England. I think the freedom to camp pretty much anywhere in Scotland is fantastic.
“We saw so much amazing scenery and wildlife and it’s great that you really don’t need to travel far from the city to feel like you’ve escaped to the wilderness.”
Mach à Seo!/Let’s Go! started on Thursday, January 9 and is on every Thursday until February 27 from 10 to 10.30pm. It is also available on the BBC ALBA iPlayer for 30 days.
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