It’s Never Grim Up North – but it can get a bit windy

Last weeks episode of Tales from The Coast featured a really good recommendation from Robson Green about the ease with which the tents on our Defenders can be put up. We understand from the production crew that he did actually spend a couple of nights in the tents and for the more observant the ladder is meant to come away ! We are using this quiet period to upgrade one of the tents with Trek Overland so that the will be as good as new for the coming season.

Of course last weeks journey to Lundy Island meant that our Land Rover had to stay on the mainland. However we have scoured our extensive archives and found pictures from 20 years ago when there was a Land Rover on Lundy. The photos on the right were taken from a previous filming expedition and show the now middle aged Dave Johnston as a young camera man. Like the Land Rover Dave only gets better with age.

This weeks  episode to be shown on Tuesday at 8 o'clock (Valentines Day) takes Robson to the wild and remote coastline of the Outer Hebrides in northwest Scotland. He discovers first hand how an unpredictable climate and often volatile weather has given these group of islands an identity and way of life all of their own.

At the ancient village of Gearrannan, Robson tries his hand at weaving Harris Tweed in a traditional crofters’ blackhouse. On the Isle of Lewis he goes snorkelling for sugar kelp, used to flavour the local gin.

He also encounters Britain’s largest bird of prey, the white-tailed sea eagle. Finally, Robson wild camps on one of Britain’s most beautiful beaches at Luskentyre and he helps out at an airport whose beach doubles as its only runway on the Isle of Barra.

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