North-east Afghanistan, July 2010. On the edge of the Little Pamir range, in a tiny village surrounded by mountains, a phone call changes everything.
A bonus episode, with more from fiddle player Siobhan Anderson on how she chose the music for episode 7 – and her deep family links to Beinn Dorain.
With modern maps, GPS and aerial photography, we like to think we know the hills better than anyone. But open an Ordnance Survey map of any mountain in the Scottish Highlands and there, in plain sight, is evidence that those who roamed these hills long before us knew them intimately – perhaps more than we ever will.
Assynt, in the far north-west of Scotland, is one of the world’s most startling landscapes. Shark’s fin mountains rise vertically from a plateau of three-billion-year-old rock, splattered with lochans. But for a landscape of real beauty, mystery and dread, you need to journey inwards.
Skye, late September 1981. A young woman sits in a dark bothy, staring into a fire. A pair of flimsy shoes are propped next to her, drying in the heat, and a kettle comes to the boil. Who was the Angel of Camasunary and where did she go? Hillwalker and photographer Duncan McCallum tells the story.