8:00pm Wednesday 25 April on BBC TWO
Giles and the team head to the West of Scotland. This is a wild, remote landscape where food was once all about survival. Now it’s about exporting that produce to a wider world.
Giles learns how the deep sea lochs of the West are perfect for salmon farming. A fish caught in a river is subsistence food, but a fish farmed and smoked can be sold worldwide. In just 40 years Scottish salmon farming has become a billion pound industry.
James Wong discovers why the warm, wet climate of the west is so good for wild mushrooms, while the rest of the team find out how potatoes meant the difference between life and death during the Highland clearances.
Scottish food used to be about living off the land – catching, farming or growing what you could eat. Transport is the key to the story of the west of Scotland. This is a remote and wild landscape revolutionised by the coming of the railways in the Victorian era. Giles hitches a ride on all manner of trains to see how rail meant that food could travel.