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Tom Weir


Tom Weir was born in Glasgow in 1914. He served in the Royal Artillery during World War 2, followed by work for the Ordnance Survey. Tom’s love of Scotland – in particular its outdoors, led to a career as a climber, writer, photographer and broadcaster.

Weir’s Way began in 1976 on Scottish Television (now stv) and Tom travelled the country meeting the Scottish people and exploring the landscape and natural history of Scotland. In 1978, Tom won the Scottish Television Personality of the Year Award for his work on the Weir’s Way series. Tom was also a keen environmentalist, which can be seen throughout his programmes.

Tom Weir lived to the age of 91 and is buried in Kilmaronock Parish Church graveyard, West Dunbartonshire.

Tom Weir At 70: Jan 2, 1985

A special interview with one of Scotland's leading TV personalities, Tom Weir, to celebrate 10 years of Weir's Way and his 70th birthday. Now a leading author, President of the Scottish Mountaineering Club, he has an MBE and was Scottish TV Personality of the year 1978. This intimate interview reveals the real Weir and what brought a wee boy from the Springburn tenements to have such a passion for the mountains and beautiful scenery of Scotland.

Weir's Scotland: Tom's Favourites

With over 50 years of travel around Scotland, Weir shows us some of his favourite parts of the country looking at their best. These selections take us from the North East to South East as he guides us through the beautiful landscapes rich in history and culture and talks to the local people about how these areas have changed. Starting in the stunning Glen Affric, moving to Moidart, the Ballochbuie forest, the island of Mingulay and Loch Tayside amongst others.

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Weir's Way
The Seven Men Part 1
Tom visits Loch Morar and Loch Nevis, where follows Bonnie Prince Charlie's footsteps after Culloden on the roadless countryside.
  Part 2
Tom retraces more of the journeys of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
  Part 3
Tom leaves Glen Morrison and goes into the hills for a change of scenery. He tells of the story of the Seven Men of Glen Morrison.
  Part 4
The final leg of the journey by Bonnie Prince Charlie, before he left Scotland never to return.
Leadhills Part 1
Tom Weir visits Crawford, Lanarkshire, to locate the source of the river Clyde.
  Part 2
Tom discovers an "extraordinary wee library" in Leadhills, near Crawford, in which he looks up a memorable character.
  Part 3
Tom tells us of the legend of John Taylor, who lived in Leadhills until he was 137 years old!
  Part 4
Tom concludes his visit to Leadhills by visiting the William Symington Memorial.
Loch Torridon Part 1
Tom Weir visits Inner Loch Torridon to discover the history behind the road built between Shieldaig and Loch Torridon in 1963.
  Part 2
Tom talks to the inhabitants of Applecross to find out about life in the secluded North West Scottish Highlands.
Ospreys Part 1
Tom remembers when the osprey was believed to have been extinct and visits Loch Garten where he saw his first osprey in 1958.
  Part 2
Tom learns about the protection of the ospreys and meets the 1 millionth visitor to Loch Garten's birds.
Bass Rock Part 1
A fishing boat blocking the harbour exit means that Tom has a chance to view North Berwick and its surrounding area from the volcanic hill North Berwick Law.
  Part 2
Tom visits the town of North Berwick including the site of the witch trials, then finally heads out to Bass Rock from the natural stone harbour.
  Part 3
Reaching Bass Rock, Tom explores the lighthouse and fortress as well as meeting the resident gannets and cormorants.
The Prince in the Hebrides Part 1
In this classic episode, Tom Weir visits Benbecula: where Bonnie Prince Charlie fled after Culloden in 1746.
  Part 2
Tom Weir talks to Dr. Alasdair Maclean about the Prince and Flora MacDonald.
  Part 3
In this final part Tom Weir finds out about the life and death of Flora MacDonald.
40 Miles to Skye Part 1
Tom Weir journeys along the West Highland Railway
In '40 Miles of Skye', Tom continues through Glen Finnan heading west. From the long running stv programme 'Weir's Way', first broadcast in 1985.
  Part 2
Tom Weir uncovers the jacobite history of the Arisaig coast
Through the Jacobite lands of the West, Weir's Way locates the point where Bonnie Prince Charlie fled from Scotland.
  Part 3
Tom outlines the rail system employed on the West Highland Line between Arisaig and Morar.
  Part 4
Tom meets the coastline and gateway to the Hebrides at the port of Mallaig.
Noss Island Part 1
Tom Weir visits Lerwick and Noss Island Tom Weir explores Scotland's most northerly town: Lerwick on the Shetland Isles. This episode was first broadcast in 1988.
  Part 2
Tom finds out about the Shetland language. Tom interviews Shetland poet, Rhoda Bulter, on the state of the Shetland language.
  Part 3
Tom finds out about the conservation of the hundreds of thousands of sea birds that inhabit Noss Island.
  Part 4
Tom inspects the five-hundred foot cliffs at Noss that provide habitation for hundreds of thousands of sea birds, including gulls and puffins.
Dunnotar Castle Part 1
Tom explores the extraordinary fort of Dunnotar on the Grampian coastline.
  Part 2
Tom delves deeper into the history of Dunnotar, from William Wallace to Oliver Cromwell.
The Best of Weir's Way Part 1
Tom Weir looks back at his first ever
  Part 2
In this second part Tom travels too
Arthur's Seat Part 1
Weir's Way tours Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh.
  Part 2
Tom discovers the geological significance of Arthur's Seat, the volcanic deposit that presides over the city of Edinburgh. This episode, was first broadcast in 1981.
Royal Deeside Part 1
Learn about Royal Deeside with Tom Weir
Taken from the series 'Weir's Way', we concentrate on Royal Deeside and its most famous inhabitant, Balmoral Castle. Introduced by Tom Weir. First broadcast in 1989.
  Part 2
Tom Weir's history of Balmoral Castle
Tom explores the Balmoral estate with the aid of Martin Leslie, the resident Factor, expanding on the history and legend of Balmoral.
  Part 3
Tom Weir investigates Queen Victoria's relationship with John Brown
Weir's Way takes a look at Balmoral's most famous resident, Queen Victoria.
  Part 4
The surrounding areas of Royal Deeside on Weir's Way
Tom takes a drink from the Falls of Pananich and explores Balleter in the final leg of his journey in Royal Deeside.
Glen Affric Part 1
Tom visits a snow-covered Glen Affric. Tom visits Glen Affric in the central Highlands of Scotland to discover how such an expanse of remote land is managed. Originally broadcast by STV in 1979.
  Part 2
Finlay McRae, the district's conservation officer, takes Tom deep into Glen Affric Tom is given a tour of the western encalve of Glen Affric, which stretches as far as Kintail in the west.
  Part 3
Former deer-stalkers describe the changes in gamekeeping. In this final segment, Tom learns more about how changes in modern society have altered Glen Affric.

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