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Exploring Scotland's Western Isles and the Outer Hebrides

Talks - History; Talks - Travel; Talks - General Interest

Event Description

Inspired by ‘Whisky Galore’, the 1949 Ealing Comedy film set in the Outer Hebrides, Paul makes a solo cycle tour to Scotland’s islands. From Aran, he heads along Kintyre to Oban and across Mull to Iona, the birthplace of Christianity and the resting place of John Smith, the Labour PM we never had. Then it’s the length of the Outer Hebrides, taking in the real Whisky Galore, the landing site of Bonnie Prince Charlie, the world’s only beach airport, and the island home of the Shah of Iran’s children. It ends with a Stornoway bathing belle who produced a world-famous (or infamous) son.

  • Duration: 45 mins
  • Online Zoom Event: An event held in person
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 300
Paul Gillingham

Meet The Speaker, Paul

Paul taught history in UK, Canada, Tanzania and Hong Kong before becoming a TV and radio journalist and broadcaster. He began as a TV newsreader in Hong Kong in the 70’s (see Paul Gillingham, HK TV via Google) and later produced travel features from around the world for BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Classic FM. He has written many articles on travel and a book, ‘At the Peak: A History of Hong Kong Between the Wars’.

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