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Weave your own island story

Press Release   •   Mar 30, 2017 11:09 BST

Seilebost beach, Isle of Harris

Iconic attractions and features of the Outer Hebrides shown on a traditional weaver’s loom are included in a new online film as part of a VisitScotland regional marketing campaign promoting the islands to visitors.

As the loom is filmed from different angles, images of the Isle of Harris Distillery and the Hebridean Celtic Festival in Stornoway are amongst those projected onto the surface of the textile.

These islands have long been celebrated for their breathtaking beaches, stunning landscapes and strong outdoor and wildlife links and the new video produced by the national tourism organisation takes the viewer on a journey through the islands from Barra to Lewis, where a weaver gives life to the Outer Hebrides’ story as the process of weaving is layered with stunning videos and images of the islands.

The films – a 90 second and shorter 30 second version - are part of a major VisitScotland regional marketing campaign promoting the Outer Hebrides through digital media channels, including Facebook and Instagram, and encouraging people to ‘Weave the Way’ through these islands this spring.

Activities featured in the films include sea kayaking, surfing, wildlife and bird watching and locations include:

  • Tràigh Mhòr, Isle of Barra
  • Little Bernera, Isle of Lewis
  • Isle of South Uist
  • Hebridean Celtic Festival, Stornoway
  • The Harris Distillery, Isle of Harris
  • Isles of Vatersay, Berneray, Mingulay and Barra
  • Calanais Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis
  • Butt of Lewis Lighthouse
  • The Hebridean Way

The campaign follows the airing of a successful NBC TV programme The Edge of Scotland, promoting the Outer Hebrides and narrated by Alan Cumming. The show reached 2m weekly viewers and was being aired on STV.

VisitScotland is also working with an influential blogger who will visit the Outer Hebrides next month and focus on outdoor activities such as cycling, hillwalking, kayaking and wild camping.

Alan MacKenzie, VisitScotland Islands Manager, said: “This latest online film builds on the success of VisitScotland’s Spirit of Scotland global campaign and #ScotSpirit social movement which aims to raise the profile and reputation of the islands as outstanding places to visit, and to invest, live and work in.

“What better way to show off the best of what the Outer Hebrides has to offer than in an online film like this? This is an additional asset for VisitScotland to promote the islands and their beauty to visitors at home and further afield. It brings to life what visitors can experience on a trip to the islands and we hope it will encourage people to share their own experience on our online iKnow community and entice others to discover the magic of the islands for themselves.”

Cllr Alasdair Macleod, Chair of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Sustainable Development Committee said: The Comhairle welcomes this spring marketing campaign celebrating the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. The Comhairle works closely with VisitScotland in supporting the tourism industry in the Outer Hebrides, and we look forward to having another successful season.

“The industry works well to make the best use of the natural and cultural assets the Islands have to offer; from the landscape and scenery to language and heritage, visitors will enjoy a unique experience in the Outer Hebrides.

“The newly-opened Lews Castle and Museum nan Eilean is another attraction which will make a significant contribution to the economy. The museum has already seen over 34,000 visitors since opening in July.

“Fantastic natural produce from land and sea, including the internationally recognised Stornoway black pudding, are among the many other ingredients that make the Western Isles a must-see destination.”

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