Set in the fictional Scottish village of Balamory (actually filmed mainly in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull), the program follows stories and events in and around a group of coloured houses and playgroup. Characters include Miss Hoolie, the nursery teacher, PC Plum, Spencer the artist, Archie the inventor, Josie Jump the fitness enthusiast, Susie Sweet and Penny Pocket in the village shop and cafe, and Edie McCredie the bus driver.