Video: exploring Mousa Broch - Scotland from the Sky

15 April 2019
James Crawford, presenter of the BBC series Scotland from the Sky explores Mousa Broch.

James Crawford, presenter of the BBC series Scotland from the Sky explores Mousa Broch, an Iron Age structure on the island of Mousa in Shetland. The broch, which was built around 300BC, is the tallest prehistoric building in Britain, at 13m tall.

Scotland from the Sky returns to the BBC for a third series on BBC One at 9pm, starting on 17 April. This time the series will focus on the threat of climate change and coastal erosion to historic sites; the impact of humans on Scotland’s landscape after centuries of living off the land; and the traces of lost industries that are scattered all across the country.

Then and now

Through comparing aerial photography held in the HES archives with the view from above today, viewers will be taken on a journey to explore how Scotland’s rural and urban landscapes have changed over thousands of years. The series features David Harkin, Climate Change Scientist at HES, who shows viewers why the coast at Fort George is vulnerable to rising sea levels, and Dr David Mitchell, Director of Conservation at HES, who discusses the global reach of the Carron Iron Works, once based near Falkirk.

Presenter James Crawford said: 'This series takes us even further out into Scotland’s skies. In a vintage Tiger Moth we search for Scotland’s ‘first motorway’ – a road built 2,000 years ago by the Romans as the first main road into Scotland.

'We take a helicopter out in search of the Central Belt’s monumental industrial heritage. And we use our drone to help explore some of Scotland’s most remote islands, searching for the traces of early farming on the Isle of Staffa.'

(report and video courtesy of Historic Environment Scotland, image copyright lost penguin)

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