Lesley's On The Bike

Lesley's on the Bike is the summer journey every adventurous Scot would love to make if they had the time, the legs, and the midge repellent.

From July 4th they canb via Radio Scotland.

Lesley Riddoch will cycle up the Western Isles (with her existing legs) from Barra to the Butt of Lewis, with a relentless schedule, a particular event/subject for each episode and much spontaneous situation finding and music making along the way.

There will be ferries, queues, bike repair shops, bus shelters in the rain, and accents.

Episodes

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20080120

1/13.

Lesley cycles up the Western Isles from Barra to the Butt of Lewis with a relentless schedule.

Before embarking on the 140 mile trip, she has her cycling gear checked out by the experts, learns five Gaelic expressions, loses the psychological fear of tackling big hills, and gets tips on feminine padding from a top lady cyclist.

20080127

2/13.

Lesley starts her Hebridean cycling adventure in Barra and discovers that Europe's only beach landing may be on the way out.

She hears how a causeway transformed bachelor island Vatersay, finds out if old wrecks can stop coastal erosion, and has the choppiest trip to Mingaulay this year.

20080203

3/13.

Lesley cycles up the Western Isles, looking at a particular topic at each stop.

Lesley continues her cycling adventure on South Uist with transport minister Tavish Scott.

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4/13.

Lesley continues her bicycle journey up the Western Isles, looking at a particular event or topic on the way.

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5/13.

Lesley cycles up the Western Isles, from Barra to the Butt of Lewis, looking at a particular event or subject along the way.

20080224

6/13.

Lesley cycles up the Western Isles, from Barra to the Butt of Lewis, looking at a particular topic each stop.

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8/13.

Lesley continues her bicycle journey up the Western Isles, looking at a particular event or topic at each stop.

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Lesley cycles up the Western Isles, looking at a particular event or topic each stop.

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Lesley cycles up the Western Isles, looking at a particular event or topic each stop.

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Lesley's on the Bike is the summer journey every adventurous Scot would love to make if they had the time, the legs, and the midge repellent.

From July 4th they canb via Radio Scotland.

Lesley Riddoch will cycle up the Western Isles (with her existing legs) from Barra to the Butt of Lewis, with a relentless schedule, a particular event/subject for each episode and much spontaneous situation finding and music making along the way.

There will be ferries, queues, bike repair shops, bus shelters in the rain, and accents.

Lesley Riddoch is no lean whippet with a Teflon like rear.

So before embarking on the 140 mile trip, she has her cycling gear checked out by the experts, learns five gaelic expressions guaranteed to get a response, loses the psychological fear of tackling big hills, and gets tips on feminine padding from a top lady cyclist.

Then, its off to Oban, Barra, Mingulay, the Uists, Benbecula, Berneray, Harris, Lewis and home! Spokes and spikes.

Direct speaking fun on Scotland's remotest islands with Lesley Riddoch through the summer.

Lesley's on the Bike is the summer journey every adventurous Scot would love to make if they had the time, the legs, and the midge repellent.

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The Set-up.

Lesley Riddoch is no lean whippet with a Teflon like rear.

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Lesley starts her Hebridean cycling adventure on Barra, and if you've never tried the Twin Otter plane to the Cockle Strand get moving! Lesley discovers that Europe's only beach landing may be on the way out.

She hears how a causeway transformed bachelor island Vatersay, finds out if old wrecks can stop coastal erosion and has the choppiest trip to Mingulay this year.

Spokes and spikes.

Direct speaking fun, on Scotland's remotest islands with Lesley Riddoch through the summer.

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Lesley continues her Hebridean cycling adventure on South Uist with transport minister and bike enthusiast Tavish Scott.

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Lesley continues her Hebridean cycling adventure on South Uist with the Canadian musicians at the Ceolas Music Festival.

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Lesley continues her Hebridean cycling adventure on Benbecula with storytellers.

She hears from local children and wonders if they'll follow the fishing traditions of their forefathers.

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Lesley continues her Hebridean cycling adventure on North Uist and Berneray, speaking to traditional craftsmen and women including the man with the best peat stack on the islands, the thatchers who use marram grass to roof their cottages, and the man who kept Prince Charles from a prying public 20 years ago.

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Lesley takes the ferry from the flatlands of Uist to the hills of Harris to unravel some mysteries.

Why did the new Scottish parliament building almost bankrupt traditional boat builders? Was a Macleod the world's first break dancer? And why did three guides suddenly appear to escort the troublemaking presenter around the islands answer to Rosyln Chapel?

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She visits South Harris, where she stops for coffee in the Seallam Genealogy Centre.

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She visits the Seallam Centre near Sancrista Beach on Harris and asks why Gaelic songs are so sad.

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Lesley continues her bicycle journey up the Western Isles, looking at a particular event or topic at each stop.

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Lesley visits Scalpay, nicknamed Treasure Island because it has more sea captains, more posh houses with expensive sit-ooteries, and more psalm singing precenter singers than the rest of the Western Isles put together.

Lesley then cycles most of the 2000 feet over the Hebrides highest hill, Clisham and whizzes down the other side to end up knee-deep in bog! That's how the Aline Forest looks now, but if locals can raise £4million they'll transform Scotland's biggest community owned woodland into a paradise of dry, sheltered walks, competition level mountain bike tracks and five star lodges.

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Lesley cycles up the Western Isles, looking at a particular event or topic each stop.

She visits Uig Beach, where the Brahan Seer found his 'gift' and the Lewis Chessmen were found.

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With a tailwind behind her, Lesley sets off for the Butt of Lewis with coffee breaks every few miles! The Sabbath and wind energy are contentious issues.

Lesley dices with death as she challenges Dr Finlay MacLeod over his opposition to windfarms on top of a cliff near Pygmy Island at the Butt of Lewis.

She hears about New Age stone huggers, and she has to wait for artist Moira MacLean's paint to dry before she can ask about her nickname - the wallpaper thief.

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She visits Back, learning about the links between Free Church Presenter singing and gospel choirs.