Eileanan Fraoich

Photograph of Beach

The Isle of Tiree is the focus of the third episode of a new eight part television series called Eileanan Fraoich to be shown on BBC Alba on Tuesday evenings, 8:30pm-9:30pm. Beginning on  Tuesday the 8th April, the programme is presented by the cook and artist Heather Dewar. A proud Hebridean, Heather leaves the familiarity of Islay to explore eight other island communities to discover something of what it is that makes each one unique.

ForArgyll News reports that Heather gains insight into community spirit when she pays a visit to Tiree’s lunch club for retired residents. The report continues with Heather calling in “on Tiree-born crofter’s daughter Seònaid Brown to reminisce about the old days of crofting on the island and meets Rhoda Meek who tells her about the Maritime Trust’s work to conserve the island’s traditional fishing boats. Heather sketches the island’s unique ‘pudding’ or ‘spotted’ houses before visiting Hynish where Professor Donald Meek tells her why and how lighthouse engineers created the village as a base from which to build Skerryvore Lighthouse.  Heather finishes up on a peaceful stroll along the beach with Floyd, one of the few remaining Clydesdale Horses on the island, which was once an important horse breeding centre.”

For further information visit BBC Alba’s website which indicates that the series will be made available of the BBC iplayer.