A CLASSIC TOUR OF SCOTLAND

 
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            Debra and David's all-new Footloose Special -Touring Classic Scotland...in four parts.
We left for Scotland at the end of May, fabled to be the driest month... our accomodation on this trip has been our 1969 Airstream all-American vintage travel trailer. We (and it) have survived the epic 600 mile journey and have produced this fabulous new 150 minute film. Whilst not at all aimed at caravanners, the new DVD has a comprehensive itinerary similar to a planned motoring holiday or classic coach tour through this wonderful land. All set to a spirited musical score by Barnaby Smith.
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Part one ~ Introduction, Glasgow & the Drive 
     to  Fort William
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The Necropolis graveyard makes an unlikely but interesting start to our Glasgow walking tour. We pass by the Cathedral, medieval Provand's Lordship and down to Glasgow Cross, the historic city centre. Next we walk across Glasgow Green alongside the river Clyde and call in at the magnificent glass Peoples Palace.
  
Our trail then takes us into the heart of The Second City of the Empire surrounded by magnificent Victorian buildings, halls and shops. We take in Buchanan Street, then Sauchiehall Street with a refreshment stop at the Willow Tea Rooms, made famous by designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. By taking the tour bus or Subway you can reach more of Glasgow's attractions like the Riverside Museum, part of the shiny Clyde redevelopment complex.
   
Next in this chapter, we drive to magnificent Stirling Castle and find out about its long history, including the world's oldest football! From here we travel to the pretty village of Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond to take in the views. Next we drive up into the Highlands and take the A82 through Glenfillan to reach wild Rannoch Moor; the Kingshouse and the dramatic mountains of Glencoe. We pitch at lovely Bunree on the shores of Loch Linnhe.
  
 


Part two ~
Fort William and the Road to Skye
   
We couldn't leave Fort William without seeing the Jacobite Steam train leave for Mallaig. The drive to Skye is an eventful one, we've hardly left before we see the magnificent bulk of Ben Nevis. This is best viewed from Banavie where you can also see Neptune's Staircase, the famous flight of 8 locks on the Caledonian Canal. Next is a busy viewpoint at the Commando Memorial, Spean Bridge, with vistas of the Great Glen. Some miles on we join the A87, the road to Skye, with multiple viewpoints to stop at, even with a vintage caravan! A must-see is Eilean Donan Castle before crossing the graceful arc of the Skye Bridge.

   
A motoring tour of Skye is on the agenda once we have pitched up. We go to Portree, to explore the main town on the island. From here we travel north up the Trotternish peninsula to see amazing rock formations like the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the Quiraing. At the top of the Island is an authentc collection of crofts which form The Skye Museum of Island Life. We sit down and talk to The custodian and creator, Jonathan MacDonald. Completing the island tour we call in at Elgol, in the south west, to make a clifftop walking trail


Useful links 

 VisitScotland.com 

 UndiscoveredScotland.co.uk 
  

 Walking Trails ~ Glasgow 

 
The Willow Tearooms 

 
Glencoe NTS  

 
The Jacobite Steam service   

 
Skye and Lochalsh information 


 Culloden Battlefield NTS 

 Edinburgh Walking Trails 


 CASTLES WE VISITED:
 Stirling Castle 

 Eilean Donan Castle 

 Urquhart Castle 

 Edinburgh Castle 
Part Three ~  Along to Inverness & Down to  
      Edinburgh
 

   
After 3 nights on Skye we travel back down the A87 to rejoin the A82 at the Great Glen. A scenic stop at Urquhart castle is the highlight of the journey and there is a faint possibility of a monster sighting! 2 miles on, Drumnadrochit is home to two Nessie exhibitions. We hit the shops at Inverness and take a look at the Castle and Cathedral. Six miles east, at Culloden, is the site of the famous historic battlefield. We talk to site manager Andrew Mackenzie who tells the story of the final battle between the Hanoverians and the Jacobites in 1746.
   
Leaving the area, we travel south on the A9. First stop is Aviemore the centre for outdoor activities in the Cairngorms National Park ...and host to the Strathspey steam railway. Continuing down the A9 we arrive at the pretty Victorian town of Pitlochry and spend a few nights there. There's lots to see in the area and the curious fish ladder at the dam fascinates us. Not far away is the historic village of  Dunkeld and its ruined cathedral. We take an unusual walking trail from Birnam across the river. Travelling further south we visit the Black Watch Museum and Castle at Perth, to discover more about my father's WWII regiment. Not to far to go to journey's end at Edinburgh, but not without seeing the iconic Forth Bridge first! 




Part Four ~
The City of Edinburgh
   
The finale of our Classic Tour of Scotland. We talk to tourism director Manuela Calchini about this much loved capital of Scotland. The first visit has to be a tour of Edinburgh Castle. Here we learn some of its long and violent history. Our recommended city trail takes us down the famous Royal Mile to Holyrood Palace, taking some curious detours on the way. Calton Hill provides the views over the city, whilst Princes Street provides the shops and gardens. We walk into the Georgian New Town, with planned avenues and elegant squares. Rose street is full of bars and restaurants waiting to be discovered. Our city trail finishes at Charlotte Square.
 
There is so much to see and do in Edinburgh, and many galleries and museums to visit. Our Classic Scottish tour ends with a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia, berthed at the Ocean Terminal shopping centre, Leith. We are treated to afternoon tea on the Royal Deck, and our host Elaine shares some stories with us as we explore this enthralling historic ship.



GP029 A Classic Tour of Scotland 2015 
Running time: 151 minutes
Aspect 16:9
We consider this film to be Exempt from Classification
Reproduced as DVD-R (PAL-all regions) viewable on almost all DVD players, including overseas. We have found with feedback from customers in USA and Canada that our films generally work on NTSC players too, with few exceptions   ...any computer with DVD software will play also
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