Tag Archives: Scotland

Artists: ‘The Vibrancy Of The Scottish Colourists’

The Scottish Colourists were some of the most important and avant-garde artists working during the early 20th century. Their art was bold and vibrant and unlike anything that had been produced in Britain before. Sotheby’s upcoming sale ‘The Way of Colour: Pictures from the Harrison Collection’ (10 – 17 March) offers Fauvist inspired paintings by George Leslie Hunter, stunning still-lifes by Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell and Cezanne-like work by Samuel John Peploe.

City Walks: ‘Glasgow – Scotland’ (4K Video)

Glasgow is a port city on the River Clyde in Scotland’s western Lowlands. It’s famed for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture, a rich legacy of the city’s 18th–20th-century prosperity due to trade and shipbuilding. Today it’s a national cultural hub, home to institutions including the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland, as well as acclaimed museums and a thriving music scene. 

Boomers: 70-Year Scottish Man Rows Solo 3,000 Miles Across Atlantic (Video)

Frank Rothwell, 70, from Oldham, Scotland set off from Canary Island La Gomera on December 12 and crossed the finish line in Antigua in the Caribbean on Saturday – reuniting with Judith, his wife of 50 years, with time to spare until Valentine’s Day.

He said crossing the finish line was a “completely euphoric moment” as he fundraised more than £648,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK in tribute to his brother-in-law Roger, who died with Alzheimer’s aged 62 during his row.

Views: ‘United Kingdom’s National Parks In 100 Seconds’ (Aerial Video)

What do the UK’s National Parks really look like? To see what these landscapes are made-up of, let’s go on a walk. Each second of the walk reveals 1% of our National Parks and how they appear from above. Are you ready for the UK’s national parks in 100 seconds?

Views: ‘Orkney Islands’ Off Northeastern Scotland

Orkney is an archipelago off the northeastern coast of Scotland. The islands encompass Neolithic sites, tall sandstone cliffs and seal colonies. The ‘Heart of Neolithic Orkney’ is a group of 5,000-year-old sites on Mainland, the largest island including Skara Brae, a preserved village with a reconstructed house, and Maeshowe, a chambered burial tomb incorporating 12th-century Viking carvings.

Video timeline: Intro 00:00​​ – 00:45​​ Ferry Gills Bay to St Margaret’s Hope 00:45​​ – 00:57​​ Churchill Barriers 00:57​​ – 01:11​​ The Gloup and Brough of Deerness 01:11​​ – 03:16​​ Dingieshowe Beach 03:16​​ – 03:32​​ Bay of Skaill and Skara Brae 03:32​​ – 03:56​​ Yesnaby 03:56​​ – 04:24​​ Wheems Organic Farm Campsite 04:24​​ – 04:35​​ Brough of Birsay, Skiba Geo and the Whale Bone 04:35​​ – 05:06​​ Standing Stones of Stenness and Ring of Brodgar 05:06​​ – 05:27​​ Stromness 05:27​​ – 05:52​​ Ferry Houton to Lyness (Hoy) 05:52​​ – 05:55​​ Drive Lyness to Rackwick Bay 05:55​​ – 06:06​​ The Dwarfie Stane 06:06​​ – 06:21​​ Rackwick Bay and Burnmouth Bothy 06:21​​ – 09:01​​ Hike to Old Man of Hoy 09:01​​ – 10:13​​ The Old Man of Hoy 10:13​​ – 12:43​​ Ferry Hoy to Mainland to Sanday 12:43​​ – 12:57​​ Around Sanday 12:57​​ – 13:14​​ Quoyness Chambered Cairn 13:14​​ – 13:50​​ Sty Wick Bay 13:50​​ – 14:25​​ Backaskaill Beach 14:25​​ – 14:39​​ Around Ortie Abandoned Village 14:39​​ – 15:08​​ Cata Sand and Tresness Beach 15:08​​ – 16:35​​ Wreck of B98 German Destroyer Lopness Bay 16:35​​ – 16:39​​ Start Point Tidal Island and Lighthouse16:39 – 17:03​​ Ferry St Margaret’s Hope to Gills Bay 17:03​​ – 17:41​​ Orkney Travel Info 17:41​​ – 32:55

Welcome to the Orkney Isles! This archipelago sits off the northeast tip of Scotland and can be reached by flight or ferry. About 70 islands make up Orkney, but only 20 are inhabited.​

During our week in Orkney we visited Mainland, Hoy, and Sanday. Each has a unique character, and we loved seeing how the landscape and island vibe changed across the isles. Mainland is home to the islands’ capital, Kirkwall, and is the largest and most populated of the isles. It’s also where most people’s journey to Orkney starts, and has plenty to keep you busy for a few days. We spent our time here visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, and the Standing Stones of Stenness (all dating from around 5000 years ago!), enjoying coastal walks, and learning about Orkney’s fascinating wartime history. On Hoy we spent a couple of nights at the open bothy at stunning Rackwick Bay, hiking to the Old Man of Hoy (one of Scotland’s most famous sea stacks and a magnet for climbers), and generally soaking up the atmoshere on this Highlands-esque island. Our final 2 days were spent on Sanday, the largest of the North Isles and home to Orkney’s most spectacular beaches. Tresness Beach was our favourite, a stunning expanse of white sand backed by towering dunes. We explored the 5000 year old Quoyness Chambered Cairn, slipped and slided our way across seaweed at low tide towards Start Point Lighthouse, and spotted the remnants of the B98 German Destroyer, washed up on Sanday over 100 years ago. We’ve covered a lot of the places featured in this video in our accompanying Orkney travel guides (see above). These include detailed maps, the best places to visit, plus transport and accommodation info to help you plan your own Orkney trip.

Scotland Estate Tour: Georgian Manor With Gardens In Edinburgh

In just under 1 acre of beautiful gardens and a stones throw from the city center, this stunning period property has almost 6,000 sq. ft. (547 sq. meters) of accommodation and a separate 3 bedroom coach house. Considered Edinburgh’s finest private home this highly prized Georgian mansion is a once-in-a-generation opportunity and arguably the very best family home in Edinburgh.

The house is located in the affluent and prestigious Murrayfield area, especially sought after for its close proximity to world-class schools for every age group. This outstanding property dates back to the 1800’s. In the late 1990s, acclaimed Scottish architect Lorn Macneal enhanced the property with a skillful remodeling of the west wing, synthesizing flow, space and light, whilst retaining the detailed majesty of the original design.

Contemporary, prosperous, and rich in history, Edinburgh is undoubtedly the UKs’ second cultural capital and comes with a lifestyle that boasts unrivalled access to urban and country life. Scotland’s highlands are within easy reach of the house, offering majestic and untouched scenery amid lochs and mountains, while air and rail access to the UK and rest of the world is only around a 15-minute drive away.

Ecosystems: ‘Scotland’s Rainforest’ (HD Video)

Scotland’s rainforest is one of our most precious habitats. It is as important as tropical rainforest, but even rarer. Yet few people know it exists and fewer still know how globally significant it is. This film was created by the Alliance for Scotland’s Rainforest to inform and inspire better protection for Scotland’s rainforest.

Scotland’s rainforest is made up of the native woodlands found on Scotland’s west coast where consistent levels of rainfall and relatively mild, year-round temperatures provide just the right conditions for some of the world’s rarest mosses, liverworts and lichens.

Travel Tour: ‘Edinburgh – Old Town’ In Scotland

Our second video of 2021 continues to feature Edinburgh’s Old Town, by far the most popular part of Edinburgh!

Part 1 of Old Town, featuring the Royal Mile below:

We filmed this video in December 2020 before Scotland’s current lockdown was implemented. Due to the current restrictions, let this video serve as inspiration for future travel planning. Stay safe and stay well!

Profiles: ‘Brigadier Sir Nils Olav III’ – A King Penguin In Edinburgh Zoo (BBC Video)

Meet the most famous penguin in the world – Brigadier Sir Nils Olav III – who lives in Edinburgh Zoo!

Find out how Brigadier Sir Nils Olav III was knighted and came to be an official part of the Norwegian Military Guard.