With their wild terrain and pristine beaches, the distant islands of Uist are regarded a single of the nation’s best-retained tricks.
But the Outer Hebrides were being almost overrun with superstar presenters final autumn right after the Covid pandemic curtailed globetrotting.
Joanna Lumley remembers currently how she bumped into Jeremy Clarkson, James May well, Richard Hammond and their 45-potent crew as they filmed The Grand Tour on the six-island chain, which has a full population of just about 5,000.
The trio also crossed paths with comedians Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse, no question keen to catch some of the area’s ample trout and salmon for their BBC2 series Long gone Fishing.
Just weeks later on, Dame Darcey Bussell would make the 40-mile journey from the mainland for her new Wild Coasts Of Scotland clearly show.
And Romesh Ranganathan also frequented the Outer Hebrides – particularly the isles of Skye, Harris and Lewis – for his Christmas BBC display The Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan.
Clarkson not too long ago quipped how the Outer Hebrides ‘must have carried out very well out of Covid’ in terms of guests – a sentiment not disputed by publican Alan Graham, from South Uist’s Orasay Inn.
‘We’ve had a lot,’ he mentioned. ‘Obviously, these types of programmes support us. We generally enjoy the publicity it presents us.
‘There is no question about it, this is a really fascinating place to visit.’
Ms Lumley, whose previous travel displays have provided sailing the Nile, admits in today’s You journal that the travelogue market place is saturated.
‘Michael Palin kicked it off,’ she states.
‘But now everybody’s performing it. Stephen Fry, Sue Perkins – you identify it, somebody’s been there ahead of you. The world has grow to be really small in conditions of what has not been accomplished.’
Ms Lumley experienced prepared to make a documentary very last yr retracing the historic spice route, but ended up filming at elegance spots across the British Isles all through the transient lull among lockdowns.
Her House Sweet Dwelling released on ITV past 7 days, highlighting the most effective of the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales and Essex.
Patricia Yates, of VisitBritain, reported: ‘These programmes are quite superior at discovering out the anticipated and the sudden and, of training course, generally seems to be beautiful. Acquiring a persona that connects you to it is constantly a authentic positive.’