Calum puts Slate Islands in the picture for new TV series

Calum Maclean combines his love of exploring far-flung places with that of photography.

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Intrepid outdoor adventurer Calum Maclean has been taking to the waters around the Slate Islands as part of a six episode series on BBC ALBA.

One of Calum’s stunning images from the Slate Islands.

In Dealbh is Slighe (Picture Trail) Calum Maclean combines his love of exploring far-flung places with that of photography.

Featuring stunning locations from around Scotland – from the northern Highlands to the Borders, the Aberdeenshire coast to the islands of Argyll, each episode sees Calum embark on a unique journey that culminates in opportunities to capture special photographs.

His mode of travel is as varied as the locations, all the while keeping his keen photographer’s eye peeled for evocative shots employing different photographic techniques.

Each episode features different cameras that Calum has chosen to use with his distinctive enthusiasm and flair.

Episode 6/10 will be aired this Saturday night (May 15) at 10.50pm and sees Calum travel by sea kayak to reach his destination of Belnahua. He is keen to capture a photograph of an old wooden cart which was used in the quarry.

‘I’ve been fascinated by Belnahua for years now and have longed to travel there, after visiting Easdale a few times over recent years,’ he told The Oban Times.

‘I’d heard rumours of old bits of equipment and remnants of the slate mining in the flooded quarry and set myself the mission of getting a photo underwater, with the equipment in shot.

‘I didn’t know where in the quarry it was, so had to snorkel round almost the entire thing before I found it. The shot itself wasn’t easy to get due to the silt deposits in the quarry, but I managed in the end.

‘For me, the island holds a slight feeling of mystery, with the remains of the houses open to the elements. It was an incredible experience to visit Belnahua.’

Travelling by kayak, Calum stopped at Luing on the way.