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Where in the Scottish Highlands is Channel 4’s Eden?

Radio Times Where in the Scottish Highlands is Channel 4’s Eden? It turns out paradise is an often wet and windy peninsula on the west coast By Claire Webb Monday 18 July 2016 at 5:45PM Four months ago, Channel 4 marooned 23 strangers in the Highlands. Until March next year, they’ll have no contact with the outside world as they attempt to build a society from scratch. Right now, they have no idea of the outcome of the Brexit referendum or that Britain has a new Prime Minister. Although we asked nicely, Channel 4 are being coy about their whereabouts. Fortunately – unlike their contestants – we have access to the internet, which has revealed that Eden is a 600-acre estate on the Ardnamurchan peninsula in Inverness-shire. This 50-square-mile peninsula is halfway up Scotland’s rugged west coast and home to half a dozen small communities. The nearest village to Eden is Acharacle, which sits on the edge of Loch Shiel and boasts a bakery, hotel and GP surgery. The loch is popular with hikers and naturalists, and it’s easy to see why. The Glenfinnan monument on the shores of Loch Shiel, Ardnamurchan peninsula The contestants are less than five miles away on an uninhabited private estate that the Ministry of Defence used as a training ground during the Second World War. There’s no chance any holidaying hikers will accidentally stumble onto TV because the Highland Council has temporarily revoked the usual “right to roam” access rights. Just in case, a 6ft fence has also been erected on three sides of the estate. The fourth is bordered by the sea – stunning Cul na Croise...

More contestants quit Channel 4’s Eden as boredom, tiredness, hunger and midgies bite

Quote from the Press & Journal The Eden Project A TV series – billed as a unique social experiment to create a new, self-sufficient community in the Scottish wilderness – has seen more than a third of participants quit. Cut off from the outside world, 23 strangers tried to ‘start again’ on Channel 4’s new reality show Eden. However, it would appear the Utopian dream is already in tatters as more than a third of the participants have walked out. Eight of the original group have left the programme, which is based on the Ardnamurchan peninsula in Inverness-shire, including the camp’s two doctors, the paramedic and the fisherman. With no medical professionals left, the mass exodus has called the future of the radical television project – which is set to run until next spring – into question. The gender balance has also been skewed, with only five women left on the show with ten men. However, Channel 4 has rejected any concerns and stated: ‘The health and wellbeing of contributors is closely monitored.’ The show, watched by more than two million people, found itself embroiled in a bullying row last month after the first participant walked out, with comparisons made to William Golding’s celebrated novel Lord Of The Flies. Viewers watched as life coach Tara Zieleman, 34, exited the gated community after she was branded ‘lazy’ by some of the men in the camp, who also plotted to limit the rations of the weaker members. Yet only a few weeks later, one of Miss Zieleman’s most outspoken critics, 25-year-old outdoor instructor Tom Wah, has also quit. Junior doctor Jenna...