Monarch of the Glen

The BEST episodes of Monarch of the Glen

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Inspired by the highland novels of Compton Mackenzie, this show follows Archie MacDonald as he finds himself thrown into the role of the new Laird of Glenbogle, his family's financially failing Scottish estate. With the help, and sometimes hinderance, of his family and faithful retainers he works to get the noble estate back on its feet.

Last Updated: 4/14/2022Network: BBC One
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Episode Five
star
9.00
28 votes

#1 - Episode Five

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/26/2000

Archie's wayward sister Lizzie turns up with her New Age boyfriend Gerald and it seems the pair have big plans to turn Glenbogle into a kind of hippy retreat. Archie and Gerald end up at loggerheads, however, when some of their New Age ideals seem to involve Hector rediscovering his lost youth and taking an ill advised swim in the lake.

Directors: A. J. Quinn
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Episode Six
star
9.00
28 votes

#2 - Episode Six

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/2/2000

As the Laird of Glenbogle Archie takes part in a traditional boat race across the loch. He is up against Laird Kilwillie, a neighbouring land-owner. Archie finds himself having to race to win back a MacDonald heirloom ring which has ended up in Kilwillie's possession.

Directors: A. J. Quinn
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Episode Eight
star
9.00
28 votes

#3 - Episode Eight

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/16/2000

Inevitably, Justine gives Archie an ultimatum… come back to London, to the restaurant and her or give up both. Archie offers to sell out of the restaurant to help save Glenbogle, but is that what he really wants. Justine arrives at Glenbogle and Archie must decide where his loyalties and his heart lie, London or Glenbogle. Either way, Justine is determined not to lose her man.

Directors: A. J. Quinn
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Episode 4
star
8.83
6 votes

#4 - Episode 4

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/9/2005

Life in Glenbogle may never be the same again after Amy and Ewan make a startling discovery – a loch monster. Amy accidentally takes a photo of what appears to be a pre-historic water horse emerging from the depths of the water but while Ewan is quick to spot the commercial advantage of a Loch Bogle monster, Paul is sceptical about the apparition. He’s got bigger worries on his mind – money, or rather the lack of it. Marine biologists Dr Simon Cotter and his assistant, Bill, arrive to investigate the creature but Jess and Golly are worried the research will disturb the estate’s wildlife. Simon and Bill’s enthusiasm for the Loch Bogle monster proves infectious but Jess appears constantly irked by Bill. However, Molly spots potential in their relationship and uses reverse psychology to make Jess realise her true feelings for the charming researcher. Meanwhile, Ewan discovers he has a real flair for business and cashes in on Glenbogle’s new-found notoriety,much to Paul’s disapproval. But Paul’s financial woes are overshadowed by his hidden emotions for Iona.Work on her croft is nearing an end and soon Iona will leave the big house. In a vain attempt to delay her departure, Paul inspects the croft, coming up with non-existent faults. Elsewhere, Bill and Simon seem to have made a monumental breakthrough in their research but Iona grows suspicious of their findings and endeavours to uncover the truth.

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Episode 6
star
8.78
9 votes

#5 - Episode 6

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/23/2005

After seven successful series, 64 episodes and hundreds of feelgood TV moments, it’s time to say farewell to the much-loved Highland drama.To mark the occasion, some familiar faces return for this final episode, including a ghostly reappearance from a Monarch favourite. Life at Glenbogle appears to be over for the MacDonald family – the bank has withdrawn its loan and Paul is forced to put the house up for sale.When hostile buyer Peter Finlay makes an offer, Paul has no alternative but to tell the family to start looking for new homes. Paul is also heartbroken about Iona’s impending marriage to Malcolm. But, determined to put on a front, he offers the couple the house for their wedding reception. However, he is put in an awkward position when Malcolm asks him to give the bride away. Meanwhile, lonely and confused about her future, Molly seeks guidance from Hector’s spirit. Molly confesses she has feelings for Golly, but Kilwillie, in many ways the perfect suitor, has also declared his love for her. Elsewhere, Donald stages a rooftop protest over Glenbogle’s buyout but is berated by Paul. Determined not to be a burden any more, Donald takes drastic action and books into a retirement home. But Ewan and Amy hatch an elaborate plan to free the eccentric senior. In a last-ditch attempt to save Glenbogle, Paul urges local crofters to consider a community buy-out but, just as his rescue plan begins to look promising, Finlay scuppers things. It turns out that he has a grudge against the MacDonald family – this is revenge, not business. Emotions are running high – it’s the day of Iona’s wedding and of a special memorial service for Hector. Jess misses Duncan, Molly has man troubles and Paul is faced with watching the woman he loves marry another man. Everyone yearns for a happy ever after...

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Episode 5
star
8.56
9 votes

#6 - Episode 5

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/16/2005

Iona’s past comes back to haunt her when former fiancé, Dr Malcolm McRae, comes to Glenbogle after a tree blight threatens the estates’ forest. Paul calls upon the expertise of tree specialist Malcolm but his positive first impressions quickly change after he discovers the spirited expert had a whirlwind romance with Iona, jilting her ahead of their wedding. Iona insists she no longer loves Malcolm and Paul decides to test her emotions by inviting them both for dinner to Glenbogle. Jess is overworked and undervalued by Golly who is busy with baby Cameron.To add insult to injury, local ghillie Robbie Rintoul snubs her as an entrant for the Annual Highland Challenge, a gruelling test of strength and endurance for local ghillies. Robbie scorns the idea that Jess could be a worthy contestant against the male ghillies but, not to be outdone, Jess decides to enrol, using Molly as her personal trainer. Amy panics after realising she hasn’t prepared properly for her looming art college interview. Molly enlists the help of local artist Danny as Amy’s tutor, stirring Ewan’s jealousy. As the tree disease looms, Malcolm urges Paul to fell the forest immediately. Knowing it will take years to replace the lost trees, Paul is reluctant. Determined to make good of a bad situation, he must find a local sawmill who can turn the wood into profitable timber. Malcolm confides in Paul that he wants to rekindle his romance with Iona. Paul knows he must now reveal his true feelings for Iona or risk losing her for ever to Malcolm.

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Episode 6
star
8.50
10 votes

#7 - Episode 6

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/24/2004

Isobel is behind on her rent and, though her farm is under threat, she stubbornly refuses Paul's offer of help. But Isobel forgets her woes when an unkempt, bearded stranger turns up at her door. She takes pity on him and asks Paul to take the stranger to Glenbogle. However, their efforts to find out who he is draw a blank - he can't even remember his own name. Paul suspects the man is a freeloader but Molly takes him under her wing, christening him Liam. Elsewhere, Golly has woman troubles. He's finding it difficult to tell Molly about his relationship with Meg, and Jess is unhappy with her father's interference in her work. Meanwhile, Isobel's day is brightened when her old boss from Edinburgh, Kelly, makes a surprise visit and tempts her with a business deal.

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Episode One
star
8.46
50 votes

#8 - Episode One

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/7/2001

Six months of Justine at Glenbogle has been too much for the other residents, Lexie is threatening to quit her job, Hector and Molly have already moved out and Katrina just won't come near the place. To add to the stress, the bank keeps sending representatives to keep an eye on things. Eventually, Archie and Justine have a big, public break up.

Directors: Simon Massey
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Episode 2
star
8.44
9 votes

#9 - Episode 2

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/25/2005

Paul's teenage goddaughter, Amy McDougal, turns up unexpectedly at Glenbogle, and chaos quickly follows. Paul is overjoyed to see Amy but, before they have time to get reacquainted, Golly has important news for the laird - Tam the poacher is back in the village. Claiming to be a reformed character, Tam lays claim to his late mother's croft, knowing that Paul can't ignore his rights. However, Tam has revenge on his mind - he blames the MacDonald family for his stint in jail and sets about maliciously disrupting estate business. Kilwillie returns from New York with push PA, Edith, in tow. While Kilwillie is delighted to see his dear friend Molly again, Edith is entirely underwhelmed. Molly suspects Edith may be a gold-digger and quickly discovers she has her sights firmly set on Kilwillie. Unaware that Amy has become a disruptive influence in the house, Paul also fails to realise his goddaughter is hiding the truth from him. Smitten by the new arrival, Ewan happily covers up Amy's mess but his jealous girlfriend, Zoe, is unimpressed. While her croft is being rebuilt, Iona moves into the big house but is ill at ease in her new grandiose surroundings. Paul is more than a little taken with his house guest and grows closer to Iona after they join forces against Tam. Could love be blossoming in Glenbogle? As Tam disrupts the first lucrative fishing party of the season, Paul and Golly realise that they need to find a way to stop him - and fast.

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Episode Four
star
8.44
55 votes

#10 - Episode Four

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/19/2000

A visiting genealogist friend of Hectors discovers a diary which records Katrina's mother, a former servant in the house, as having an affair with someone called ‘H'. Molly is understandably upset by the implications until it is discovered that Katrina's father, the mysterious ‘H' is the genealogist himself.

Directors: Edward Bennett
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Episode Eight
star
8.31
13 votes

#11 - Episode Eight

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/16/2003

A furious Lexie discovers that Dorothy has taken over the island in the middle of the Loch for her latest business venture, a t'ai chi retreat. The island is a lucrative source of income for Glenbogle as it has the best fishing on the estate, and Lexie is convinced that Dorothy waited for Archie to leave before trying such a stunt. Together, Lexie and Golly concoct a plan to sabotage Dorothy's retreat and win back the island from under her nose. They successfully scare away Dorothy's visitors but, when the women cast off on the boats, Lexie and Golly find themselves marooned on the island with a disgruntled Dorothy. Meanwhile, Molly is trying hard to put her break-up with Andrew behind her. When a chance encounter with him at the local pub upsets her again, Molly decides to seek refuge at Dorothy's retreat to escape her fussing family. However, she's dismayed to find she's not alone on the island. In a desperate bid for freedom, Dorothy dashes for Molly's boat but, in her haste, only succeeds in scuttling the vessel. With night drawing in and their chances of being rescued diminishing by the hour, the castaways decide to put their heads together to find a way to escape off the island. Back at the house, Paul is having a crisis of his own. He's been roped into doing the housework but is finding his domestic touch somewhat clumsy. He strikes a deal with Jess to help him but becomes uncomfortable after he suspects Jess holds secret feelings for him.

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Episode 10
star
8.20
10 votes

#12 - Episode 10

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/21/2004

Paul's coronation as laird of Glenbogle is threatened by an unexpected challenge to his title. Clan elder Proctor Sheila MacDonald makes the startling revelation that, as the only surviving legitimate MacDonald male, it is Donald who is the rightful laird, not Paul. Spotting an opportunity to have some fun, Donald enthusiastically accepts the title, much to Paul's fury. Molly's return from New Zealand is marred when she discovers her luggage has gone missing, including a precious photo of her and son Jamie. Paul finally loses patience with Donald after discovering that his uncle intends to impose a tax on the estate tenants and challenges him for the title of laird, much to the delight of Golly, Jess, Ewan and Isobel. Meanwhile, Lucy remains unsure about her relationship with Paul, and Chester continues on his mission to woo Isobel, secretly orgainsing a deal to sell her chutney to a chain of wholefood shops. Initially thrilled with her business venture, Isobel is later enraged by what she sees as Chester's interference. Elsewhere, Jess is shocked to see Meg back in Glenbogle and confronts her about her return. Meg reveals that she wants to patch things up with Golly but he is cold and distant towards her.

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Episode 10
star
8.18
17 votes

#13 - Episode 10

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/3/2002

Molly now knows the truth about Paul and decides to leave with Andrew Booth. Archie does not want Paul around anymore and Lexie must try to smooth things out. Molly asks Golly why he never told her the truth about Hector and Paul's mother and Archie is feeling guilt over his older brothers, (Jamie) death. His feelings of guilt go away a little bit as he saves Paul from drowning in the current. Molly looks within herself and decides to stay and Archie and Lexie finally get their honeymoon, thanks to Kilwillie!

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Episode 4
star
8.15
13 votes

#14 - Episode 4

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/22/2002

David Fraser, an old friend of the MacDonald's, mainly Jamie's turns up with his freind Jonathon. Lexie takes a disliking to him, as he makes a pass at her. Archie thinks he is the same person as when they were younger, but only Lexie can see what he really is. She confronts Archie, who then has a fight with David, and he is thrown out of Glenbogle. Meanwhile Molly is harbouring a wolf runt (called Hector) so he won't be killed.

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Episode 5
star
8.14
14 votes

#15 - Episode 5

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 9/29/2002

Duncan accidently booked a group of naturists onto the campsite, and when a wolf escapes, there is havoc all around. Duncan is also in trouble when Golly finds out about his relationship with Irene. When the wolf is recaptured Golly explains about his recent lapses and his bad eye sight. He then resigns from Glenbogle and leaves.

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Episode 5
star
8.11
9 votes

#16 - Episode 5

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/17/2004

Having quit his job at the Ministry of Defence, Alex Faversham, settles into a quieter pace of life at Glenbogle. However, Alex's disciplined Army background soon rears its head after he voices his concerns that Paul's lairdship isn't as efficient as it could be - the staff at Glenbogle are too informal towards their laird and respect is required. He decides to take on the role of estate factor, allowing Paul to concentrate on the bigger picture. Insecure about his leadership skills, Paul reluctantly agrees to Alex's new regime but he's not alone in his doubts - Ewan and Jess are resentful of the changes. As Isobel puts her organic produce to the test at the local market, Golly has a chance encounter with Meg, Glenbogle's new dance teacher. Jess notices an instant attraction between the pair but Golly dismisses the chance of future romance. An old racing friend of Donald's, Jackie MacIntyre, turns up to Glenbogle for a stag party to celebrate his forthcoming wedding. Excited about the prospect of a wild get-together with old pals, Donald is disheartened when Jackie reveals they've all passed away.

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Episode 3
star
8.10
10 votes

#17 - Episode 3

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/15/2002

Two faces from the past turn up. Firstly, Katrina, and an old friend of Hector's, Louis. Neither of their intentions are honourable. Katrina wants Archie back and Louis wants control of Glenbogle by marrying Molly. Lexie is hurt by Katrina's prescence and packs a bag and goes over the hills, to be then tracked by Archie. Everyone arrives and the now happy couple get married.

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Episode 1
star
8.10
10 votes

#18 - Episode 1

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/19/2004

It's a new era for Glenbogle as Paul sets about makin his mark by attempting to modernise the estate. However, while his intentions are honourable, his dismissive attitude towards the estate's long-held traditions causes him to clash with Golly. Their relationship is further soured when Paul spoils the ancient ceremony of blessing the loch by forgetting the words. When Lexie makes an unexpected return from New Zealand, Paul suspects that all is not well with her new life. Edinburgh career girl Isobel Anderson arrives in the village to look after her late grandmother's croft and instantly clashes with the new laird. Isobel takes issue with Paul's decision to sign over the farm's tenancy to farmer Reavey whom, she believes, is wrecking her gran's land. Meanwhile, Molly is horrified to discover that someone has been stealing wild orchids from the estate and, along with Jess, decides to set a trap for the floral thief. As they lie in wait, Duncan arrives to ask Jess if she'll go to New Zealand with him, but he fails to find the right words. Up in the mountains, a freak storm forces Paul and Lexie to take shelter in an abandoned bothy where they are drawn closer together.

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Episode Three
star
8.08
13 votes

#19 - Episode Three

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/18/2001

Stella puts a ban on anyone fishing in the Glenbogle river who doesn't pay. Hector and Killwillie are not impressed and defy her rule. They are arrested and find themselves in a cell next to Golly who Stella has reported fro poaching. Of coarse the whole thing is a huge misunderstanding and Molly defends the Glenbogle Three in court where the truth eventually comes out.

Directors: Rick Stroud
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Episode Nine
star
8.00
19 votes

#20 - Episode Nine

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/30/2001

When Stella realises that the estate doesn't need her anymore and the bank will send her to a new assignment she decides to sabotage everything she can lay her hands on to secure her position at Glenbogle.. Archie discovers what she has been doing and she admits that she loves him and doesn't want to leave but she also realises that there is no way she can stay now, after all she has done. Lexie pulls everyone together at the last moment and the bank are satisfied that the estate is running smoothly. Shamefaced, Stella leaves and Archie begins to realise how he really feels about Lexie. He proposes straight away and although Lexie hesitates to make the leap from cook to Laird's wife, he places a ring on her finger.

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Episode 7
star
8.00
13 votes

#21 - Episode 7

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/13/2002

Greg MacDonald and his wife challenge Archie for the role of Laird of Glenbogle. Also the debt from Hector's death duties must now be paid, £250,000. In order to save Glenbogle Molly agrees to marry Kilwillie, but then has a change of heart. They duel and Archie wins. Meanwhile, Irene tells Duncan she is pregnant and he cannot be the father.

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Episode Two
star
7.96
25 votes

#22 - Episode Two

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/5/2000

Archie's attempts to return to his life in London are stalled by the banks threat to foreclose on the huge loan the estate has taken out. Everyone on the estate works hard to change the bankers mind when he arrives at Glenbogle but it's Lexie, the young housekeeper who persuades him that there are more important things in life than money.

Directors: Edward Bennett
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Episode Six
star
7.95
19 votes

#23 - Episode Six

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/9/2001

Archie invites a journalist to visit and write an article on Glenbogle. Graham, however turns out to be Stella's embittered ex and he writes a scathing review that will finish the estate for good. While Duncan kidnaps a coach load of tourists and brings them to Glenbogle , Lexie and Archie break into Grahams computer and emails a new and improved article to his editor. Duncan's tourists have a fantastic time fortunately and Glenbogle becomes an official stop off place on the tour.

Directors: Richard Signy
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Episode One
star
7.94
36 votes

#24 - Episode One

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/27/2000

Young restaurant owner Archie MacDonald is called urgently from London back to his ailing fathers bedside in the ancestral home in Scotland, Glenbogle. He soon discovers that Hector has nothing worse than a cold and his sweet but dotty mother Molly has called him home on a pretext and has worked events so he can't easily escape back to London.

Directors: Edward Bennett
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Episode Six
star
7.94
17 votes

#25 - Episode Six

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/11/2001

Lexie's estranged mother Pamela appears on the scene wanting to wed her millionaire boyfriend on the estate in a lavish ceremony. Her plans of mother daughter reconciliation don't go quite to plan as Lexie makes it clear that the past is not so easily put behind them. Archie is stuck in the middle trying to please both sides while Katrina is told that the local education authority plan to close her school. But Fergal is planning to leave Glenbogle for a new job in new Zealand and asks her to go with him.

Directors: Rick Stroud
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