Batty about Argyll

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Colonsay and  Mull take centre stage as part of a new series fronted by STV weatherman Sean Batty.

In the third episode of the seven-part series, Sean’s Scotland, airing on Monday,  June 17, at 8pm,  Sean visits Mull to get a closer look at the local wildlife – swimming with seals, observes the puffins who have made their seasonal return, goes looking for otters and learns about the island’s White-tailed Eagle programme.

He will also travel to the Isle of Colonsay and Colonsay Estate where he is shown around the gardens by Jane Howard, Baroness Strathcona and Mount Royal.  As part of the Festival of Spring he takes a willow weaving basket course and joins a heritage walk to Oronsay.

Sean also helps out at Colonsay Post Office and visits the west side of the island where he meets Kevin Byrne  – historian, author, former hotelier, who has had many jobs on the island. Finally, Sean learns how the island’s botanicals help local gin company, Wild Island Botanical Gin, create its product.

Sean Batty, said: ‘We already know we live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, but the environment has suffered over the years.  Over the course of the series I’ll take you on a journey to some of the most scenic parts of the country, and introduce you to lots of lovely people along the way.

‘It’s a very varied programme where I try my hand at paddle boarding, basket weaving, bee keeping, gin making and river bank restoration. But the programme is all hinged on those people who work tirelessly to save Scotland’s countryside and provide nature with a helping hand to ensure it remains beautiful for a long time to come.’