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The perfect accompaniment to travel through the Scottish Islands in the company of Coinneach Macleod, the Hebridean Baker with special guests and places to visit.
The new Caledonian MacBrayne podcast ‘Scottish Island Adventures’ is a ten-part series featuring some of the islands’ most unique experiences, historical landmarks, wildlife and outdoor activities. Join Coinneach as well as some familiar faces as we explore the magic of the islands on the CalMac network.
‘Scottish Island Adventures’ is perfect listening whether you’re planning your next island escape or just want to relive the magic of your last visit.
For information and links to all our fantastic contributors, go to calmac.co.uk/podcast

Scottish Island Adventures The Big Light/Caledonian MacBrayne

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The perfect accompaniment to travel through the Scottish Islands in the company of Coinneach Macleod, the Hebridean Baker with special guests and places to visit.
The new Caledonian MacBrayne podcast ‘Scottish Island Adventures’ is a ten-part series featuring some of the islands’ most unique experiences, historical landmarks, wildlife and outdoor activities. Join Coinneach as well as some familiar faces as we explore the magic of the islands on the CalMac network.
‘Scottish Island Adventures’ is perfect listening whether you’re planning your next island escape or just want to relive the magic of your last visit.
For information and links to all our fantastic contributors, go to calmac.co.uk/podcast

    Stornoway - with host Coinneach Macleod, the Hebridean Baker and guest Cathy MacDonald

    Stornoway - with host Coinneach Macleod, the Hebridean Baker and guest Cathy MacDonald

    Scottish Island Adventures - Stornoway - with host Coinneach Macleod, the Hebridean Baker and guest Cathy MacDonald
    Stornoway
    Stornoway is the main town and port on Lewis and is accessed by a ferry from Ullapool on the mainland. Roughly a third of Lewis’ total population live in Stornoway and the town has many facilities such as a sports complex and golf course to service the bustling community. At Lews castle you can find a wide variety of woodland walks and in the summer months visitors are able to take boat cruises around the waters.
    Stornoway Black Pudding 
    Stornoway Black Pudding is one of the most well-loved products to come out of Lewis. Having been designated a Protected Geographical Indicator of Origin in 2013, only Black Pudding made in Stornoway can give itself that title after a rise in ‘imposter’ Stornoway Black Puddings started putting farmers in Lewis out of business. Most of the black puddings only use beef suet, oatmeal, onion, blood, salt and pepper which gives it a unique flavour. 
    Museum Nan Eilean
    Museum Nan Eilean can be found on the Lews Castle Grounds and is dedicated to the history and community of Lewis. There are three permanent exhibitions: Dùthchas (A Sense of Place, Eileanaich (The Islanders), and Blas nan Eilean (A Taste of the Islands). Entry to the museum is open all year round and is based on donations. 
    Ishga Seaweed 
    Ishga, taking its name from the Gaelic for water, is an award-winning luxury skincare brand. 
    Four types of Hebridean seaweed are harvested for use in a wide variety of products with Hebridean Seaweed used specifically for its vitamins, bio-active minerals, and natural antioxidant properties. 
    Thank you for listening to the Caledonian MacBrayne podcast. You can find out more about Scotland’s west coast islands and all topics discussed on this episode at calmac.co.uk/podcast

    • 40 min
    South Uist- with host Coinneach Macleod, the Hebridean Baker and guest Kathleen MacInnes

    South Uist- with host Coinneach Macleod, the Hebridean Baker and guest Kathleen MacInnes

    Scottish Island Adventures - South Uist - with host Coinneach Macleod, the Hebridean Baker and guest Kathleen MacInnes

    South Uist 
    South Uist is an island of two faces with lofty mountains to the east, and long stretches of sandy beaches to the west. Take yourself off on an adventure with challenging hikes or wander among the ruins of a 13th century church. South Uist is a real mix of history, culture, and unspoilt natural landscapes. 
    Long Island Retreats
    Experience true island living with Long Island Retreats. Run by crofting couple DJ and Lindsay, the retreat packages allow you to taste local produce, spend your mornings with the ponies, and stay off-grid in their luxury self-catered accommodation. 
    Uist Unearthed 
    Uist Unearthed is an award-winning app which allows visitors to South Uist to dig deep into the history and prehistory of the island. Features of the app include augmented reality, animations, graphics, and stories which allow you to immerse yourself in the heritage of the land.
    LMS Excursions
    LMS excursions offer a range of fishing trip packages suitable for all abilities. They are based in Lochboisdale Harbour and have a team of experienced skippers and crew who can help you make the most of a trip out on the tides of South Uist. 
    Thank you for listening to the Caledonian MacBrayne podcast. You can find out more about Scotland’s west coast islands and all topics discussed on this episode at calmac.co.uk/podcast

    • 48 min
    Skye - with host Coinneach Macleod, the Hebridean Baker and guest Sarah Cruickshank

    Skye - with host Coinneach Macleod, the Hebridean Baker and guest Sarah Cruickshank

    Scottish Island Adventures - Skye - with host Coinneach Macleod, the Hebridean Baker and guest Sarah Cruickshank

    The Isle of Skye 
    Skye is the largest of the Islands belonging to the Inner Hebrides at 50 miles long. The Isle’s picturesque scenery attracts visitors from all over the world who can take on its many hill walks and engage in all kinds of outdoor activities from Kayaking in the beautiful Lochs to spotting protected wildlife species such as the Sea Eagle or Red Deer. 
    Skye has a rich, vibrant history as the site of both the MacDonald and MacLeod Clan castles, as well as having played a role in the heavily romanticised Jacobite Rebellion led by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745. Today, the island has a thriving culture scene with plenty of art to take in as well as lots of restaurants, bars, and distilleries to show off the best of Scottish cuisine. 
    SkyeSkins 
    SkyeSkins was originally founded by a couple, Clive and Lydia, forty years ago in response to local farmers who would leave their sheep skins to waste. In the time that has passed, SkySkins has become a tanner, maker, and supplier of quality sheepskins, home furnishings, and sustainable clothing. You can visit their tannery and showroom in Waternish as well as a variety of other attractions including a seasonal Yurt cafe, and a boutique shop in Skye’s capital Portree. 
    Cafe Cuil 
    The story of Cafe Cuil began in Hackney, East London, in 2019 when Isle of Skye native Clare Coghill first opened her Hebridean-inspired cafe. After returning to her homeland, Coghill brought Cafe Cuil with her to Calbost, a town on the west-side of the Island. The cafe uses locally sourced, seasonal produce to create its own spin on brunch and lunch. 
    Ellis O’Connor
    Ellis O’Connor is a Scottish artist specialising in contemporary landscape drawings and paintings. She produces most of her work on-site which allows her to incorporate the environment and extreme weather into the art as it is created. As well as using traditional mediums such as oil paints, O’Connor’s landscape works have featured natural substances such as sand or dried seaweed to bring in elements of the natural world.
    Thank you for listening to the Caledonian MacBrayne podcast. You can find out more about Scotland’s west coast islands and all topics discussed on this episode at calmac.co.uk/podcast

    • 38 min
    Mull - with host Coinneach Macleod, the Hebridean Baker and guest Colin MacIntyre

    Mull - with host Coinneach Macleod, the Hebridean Baker and guest Colin MacIntyre

    Scottish Island Adventures - Mull - with host Coinneach Macleod, the Hebridean Baker and guest Colin MacIntyre

    The Isle of Mull is a standout island with dramatic bays and beaches all along the Island’ coastline. It is home to an impressive array of animals making it a must-visit for any wildlife enthusiast. You can also take a boat from Mull to the Island of Iona to visit the incredible Iona Abbey and hear tales of the Viking settlers who came to the shores. 
    Hebridean Whale Trail 
    In recent years, environmental conservation has become a top priority for the communities on Mull. With the Hebridean Whale Trail, you can be sure you’re able to engage with the local wildlife without causing too much disruption to their natural habitat by staying on land. Local experts are there at every step of the trail to offer their knowledge and the trail was even a finalist in the National Geographic Travellers Awards so you can trust that your experience will be unforgettable. 
    Tobermory Fishing Company
    Based out of the stunning port town of Tobermory, the Tobermory Fishing Company has been producing high-quality products with fish from only the finest local and Scottish suppliers. Having been passed through multiple generations, the award-winning family-run business has a strong island heritage that is evident in the distinctive taste of their products.
    Ardalanish Isle of Mull Weavers
    The Isle of Mull Weavers are based out of Ardalanish, a beautiful area set on a peninsula. The weavers are part of the Ardalanish farm who rear the cattle and sheep from which the products are woven. The weavers use only natural dyes to ensure that every garment they create will last for generations. 
    Thank you for listening to the Caledonian MacBrayne podcast. You can find out more about Scotland’s west coast islands and all topics discussed on this episode at calmac.co.uk/podcast

    • 45 min
    Lewis - with host Coinneach Macleod, the Hebridean Baker and guest Cathy MacDonald

    Lewis - with host Coinneach Macleod, the Hebridean Baker and guest Cathy MacDonald

    Scottish Island Adventures - Lewis - with host Coinneach Macleod, the Hebridean Baker and guest Cathy MacDonald
    From the neat Victorian homes lining the streets of Stornoway in the east, to the stretching white sands of Bosta on Great Bernera in the west, where the clear Atlantic waters sound the evocative toll of the Time and Tide Bell as a reminder of the link between us and the elements, Lewis is an island of exciting contrasts and diverse experiences and the largest of the Outer Hebrides. 
    Gearrannan Blackhouse Village 
    The Blackhouse Village is at once a site of great historical fascination as well as a one of a kind self-catering accommodation. The village is one of the best preserved monuments of the island’s crofting traditions and was still inhabited by locals in the 1970s. With a visitors site/lodgings, cafe serving fresh food and located a stone's throw from the Callanish Standing Stones, Gearrannan Blackhouse has easily earned its place among the top attractions on Lewis. 
    Wild Swimming
    The benefits of wild swimming are bountiful and well-documented with more and more people taking taking advantage of stunning waters of the Atlantic ocean, networks like the Hebridean Sea Swimmers allow people of all abilities to discover the joys of the open water ‘whether they want to swim for 5 minutes or 5 miles’. 
    Uig Sands Restaurant
    With a stunning vista of Uig beach and mouth watering dishes like Hebridean sea chowder with seaweed butter on the menu, Uig Sands is a culinary experience not to be missed. Alongside the restaurant, self-catering rooms are available to book. The building’s modern design with glorious sea-front windows was partly financed by the Scottish government to help create jobs and serve the growing needs of Lewis’ tourism trade. 
    Thank you for listening to the Caledonian MacBrayne podcast. You can find out more about Scotland’s west coast islands and all topics discussed on this episode at calmac.co.uk/podcast

    • 38 min
    Islay/Jura - with host Coinneach Macleod, the Hebridean Baker and guest John Carmichael

    Islay/Jura - with host Coinneach Macleod, the Hebridean Baker and guest John Carmichael

    Scottish Island Adventures - Islay/Jura - with host Coinneach Macleod, the Hebridean Baker and guest John Carmichael
    Islay and Jura
    Islay and Jura are the southernmost islands of the Hebrides and have been inhabited since 10,000 BC. 
    The Islands are surrounded by a vast expanse of turquoise waters, perfect for swimming, sailing kayaking, or paddleboarding. If you prefer to stay dry there are lots of opportunities for walking, climbing, or golfing making Islay and Jura a great option for an active holiday!
    There are over 10 distilleries producing Islay and Jura’s whiskey exports beloved across the world. At the museum of Islay Life you can get clued up on the Islands’ long history which saw Celtic settlers, viking invasions, and the islands’ role during the first and the second World War. 
    Feis Ile - The Islay Festival
    The first ever Islay Festival was held in 1986 in an effort to encourage more tourism to the Island. Its original schedule included just one whiskey tasting but since then Islay’s distilleries have become the festival’s focal point attracting thousands of Whiskey lovers to the Island each year. As well as the many Distillery open days, the 9 day Feis Ile programme includes activities such as ceilidhs, Scots language lessons, and Folk Nights. 
    Loch Gruinart, The Oa Reserve
    Loch Gruinart and the Oa Nature Reserve are two of the top wildlife sites in Scotland and are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SISS). Loch Gruinart is home to a variety of Hebridean birds and other wildlife including Otters, Hen Harriers, and Barnacle Geese and if you’re lucky you may spot a Golden Eagle soaring above the Oa. The Gruinart and Oa Trail takes in sweeping views along the sea cliffs, freshwater lochs, and coastal grassland. 
    The Islay Book Festival
    The volunteer-run Islay Book Festival grew from a small book club in Port Ellen in 2006. Sessions range each year from crime and contemporary fiction to poetry and performance workshops. The festival also aims to emphasise Gaelic culture and sends authors to schools across Islay and Jura. Invited writers have included big names such as Ali Smith, Bernard MacLaverty, and Ian Rankin. 
    Thank you for listening to the Caledonian MacBrayne podcast. You can find out more about Scotland’s west coast islands and all topics discussed on this episode at calmac.co.uk/podcast

    • 40 min

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