On the road again with sixth series Air an Rathad

Presenters Donnie Mackay, Murray Macleod and Linda Macleod
Presenters Donnie Mackay, Murray Macleod and Linda Macleod

Air an Rathad returns to TV screens on BBC ALBA tonight for a sixth series with a exhilarating mix of new cars, new challenges - and new faces.

New presenters include Linda MacLeod, 25, from North Uist, who is well-known as a singer and also from presenting children’s show Gleusta and a host of other BBC ALBA programmes.

Also accompanying old hand Murray MacLeod in the Air an Rathad driving seat will be Donnie Mackay from Ness on the Isle of Lewis.

Donnie makes his return to presenting on a show that is perfect for the 37-year-old who readily admits that he is a grown-up boy racer!

Among the highlights of the nine programmes will be a chance to see Murray sample what it is like to be abandoned in an Afghan village.

He pays a visit to the MOD Defence School of Transport at Leconfield in Yorkshire and witnesses first-hand how the forces are taught to manoeuvre military vehicles through the narrow streets and tight corners they will encounter in Afghanistan.

We also see Donnie hitching a lift with Highland Car Club on its annual summer rally and Linda driving a converted Suzuki Jimny straight into the River Arun!

Niall Iain MacDonald will be one of the guest reviewers and his wish comes true when he finds himself behind the wheel of the brand new Jaguar F type on the Isle of Skye.

Donald ‘Sweeny’ MacSween, meanwhile, tests the bargain 4x4 – the Dacia Duster – on the Black Isle; while ‘Dè a Nis’ presenter Derek MacIntosh takes the Mazda 6 tourer for a spin along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

The series will also see Air an Rathad car fanatics share their pride and joy with us on screen and there’s more silliness with the return of the ever-popular Wacky Races –fun and games for all on four wheels.

Murray’s desperate to win the Wacky Races cup this year – but Donnie and Linda also have their sights set on the silverware.

Who will win the coveted cup this time? You’ll have to watch to find out!

Air an Rathad is produced for BBC ALBA by Eyeline Media.

The nine-part series starts tonight (Thursday 6th February) on BBC ALBA at 10.00pm until 10.30pm.