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Journey into Scotland’s Wild Heart: BBC Scotland

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© Neil McIntyre

© Neil McIntyre

If you missed BBC’s Highlands – Scotland’s Wild Heart narrated by Ewan McGregor, you’re in luck. The programme will be broadcast again on BBC2 UK wide from Friday 5th August. Tune in at 9pm to catch the first episode of this four-part series.

Episode one opens in Spring, the most unpredictable of all the seasons in the Cairngorms, as the mountain and hills are on fire with the burning of old heather in preparation for the grouse season. We meet the ospreys, red squirrels, dippers, capercaillies, roe deer and bottlenose dolphins who have  struggled to find food and raise their young in the face of extreme weather.

Three years in the making, and with Ewan returning for voiceover duties, this landmark series charts nature red in truth and claw over the course of one year in the Highlands. Watch as amid the stunning scenery, an uplifting story of resilience and survival against the odds unfolds, as both animals and humans make their way in world that can hold just as much adversity as it does staggering beauty.

One of our favourite creatures, the red squirrel, has been creating mischief over the course of the series!

Like Hebrides – Islands on the Edge, the first three episodes chart the seasons with the final episode focusing on the individuals who live and work alongside the creatures they share these incredible landscapes with. Scientists, conservationists and local environmentalists feature, all of whom are dedicated to regenerating and preserving Scotland’s precious natural ecosystems.

The spectacular footage captured for the series spans right across the Highlands, to the north of the Highland Boundary Faultline from Arran, and eastwards through the Cairngorms. The northerly seascapes which also feature are equally mesmerising.

Thanks to state-of-the-art photography and masterful camera work, species great and small are captured in all their vivid, high-definition glory. Creatures making an appearance including otters, red and roe deer, seals, dolphins, red squirrels, golden eagles, ospreys, pine martens, seabirds, capercaillies and mountain hares.

The 300-day shoot proved an adventure in itself for the film-makers. Exciting moments during filming include a night where Scotland was hit by an astounding 15,000 lightning strikes, while a session documenting seal pupping took place against the backdrop of one of autumn’s biggest storms complete with gale-force winds.

As for the narrator, the series has been a special project for Ewan who was born and raised in Perthshire, just next door to the Highlands. Having spent many a happy childhood holiday in this beautiful region, he summed up things perfectly following the two-day recording session in LA:

It’s absolutely beautiful and made me incredibly homesick. Can’t wait to see you Scotland in a few months.

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

After viewing Scotland’s Wild Heart, we’re confident you’ll be hankering after your own escape into this beautiful wilderness. Find everything you need to know about booking a break in the Scottish Highlands and learn more about our diverse wildlife.

Take a look our brilliant Scottish Wildlife Series for the low-down on the usual suspects you can expect to see.

Catch up with #scotlandswildheart episode on BBC iPlayer and don’t forget to share your #ScotSpirit with us.


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