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PREVIEW: Darcey Bussell's Wild Scottish Coast, More4

In this brand-new, four-part series, Dame Darcey Bussell swaps her famous pointe shoes for walking boots as she heads to the beautiful islands off the west coast of Scotland, to explore their stunning landscapes and find out more about her own Scottish ancestry.

Her Scottish grandfather, as a young boy, spent most of his summers on the Isle of Bute, speaking of magical landscapes and spectacular sights that Darcey has only ever seen in pictures. Her picture-perfect journey takes in Skye, the Outer Hebrides, Islay, Jura and finally, Bute, where she sees for the first time the house where her grandfather spent so many of his childhood summers.

In this first episode, Darcey's Scottish odyssey begins on one of the most beautiful and best-known islands off the west coast - the Isle of Skye - where she tries scallops fresh from the loch, has a go at step dancing and goes wild swimming in honour of her grandfather.

On her first stop, she meets weaver Maggie Williams who shows her how to operate a loom. Darcey then joins the young environmentalists keeping their beaches clean for wildlife and hears about the work being done to look after Skye's otters.

Sophie Stephenson, who's keeping Skye's ancient dancing tradition alive, teaches Darcey some new moves and Meena Watts, who runs a successful business making and selling sea salt and teaches Bollywood dance classes, offers Darcey an impromptu lesson on the shoreline! Diver David Oakes, who fishes for scallops by hand, treats Darcey to an alfresco scallop lunch at the edge of one of Skye's most stunning lochs, but not before she's shown how to shuck her own.

And Skye's dark past is revealed when Darcey pays a visit to Kilchrist, a ruined village laid waste during the Highland Clearances, before her day ends with a wild swim in memory of her grandfather in one of Skye's many beautiful hidden pools.

Darcey Bussell's Wild Scottish Coast begins Monday 8th February at 9pm on More4.


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