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A new series on BBC ALBA goes in search of the stories and people connected to the Minch.

Presenter Anne Lundon travels from the west coast mainland of Scotland to the easterly coast of the Outer Hebrides.

The series of six programmes An Cuan Sgith – Minch was produced for BBC ALBA by Stornoway based Mast-Ard Studio and starts on Monday, November 1.

Scottish media broadcaster Anne, said: “I could see out to the Minch every day growing up near Stornoway so this body of water is very close to my heart. As an islander it’s what both separates and connects us to the mainland.

“For many it's their economic, social, and cultural lifeline and its coastal and marine environments sustain a multitude of important activities. 

“This was a particularly special programme for me to work on with my own connection to it; meeting people who make their living from the Minch and those who take inspiration from it for their work was an experience I'll never forget.

“Lots of boats, the best scenery and wildlife you could wish for and meeting some very interesting people along the way – what’s not to love?”

In Harris Anne meets Neil (Neilly) Maclean, a young fisherman who has set up a shellfish business with his cousins, and in Lewis she visits a boatyard which was started by a young man in his home village which he’s grown into a successful business.

The series also includes a photoshoot with knitting designer Alice Starmore and her daughter Jade. Alice has an international profile for her new brand ‘Virtual Yarns’, which she runs from the edge of the Minch. Her products are rooted in the rich cultural heritage of the Hebrides, and are sent directly from Scotland to her customers throughout the world.

An Cuan Sgith – The Minch is on BBC ALBA every Monday at 8.30pm from November 1 and each episode will be available on the BBC iPlayer for 30 days afterwards.

Emma MacRae models knitwear by Alice Starmore - photo courtesy of Jade Starmore