Berwickshire landmark features in online drawing series

The dramatic Berwickshire coastline has been included in a new online series, launched by the national tourism organisation.

By Kevin McRoberts
Thursday, 2nd July 2020, 5:30 pm
St Abb’s Harbour features in VisitScotland’s Sketching Scotland series, aimed at promoting the area’s landmarks.
St Abb’s Harbour features in VisitScotland’s Sketching Scotland series, aimed at promoting the area’s landmarks.

Sketching Scotland is part of VisitScotland’s online activity to help visitors dream now and travel later.

A series of 20 short videos teaching virtual visitors how to sketch landmarks and locations is now available online, including St Abb’s Harbour and Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter Scott, in the Scottish Borders.

It is hoped that while travel restrictions remain in place due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the new series will help draw attention to some of the region’s most popular sights and see them transformed into works of art.

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Each tutorial is accompanied by a voiceover giving advice and tips on how to create your drawing, as well as facts about each destination.

It is hoped the creative campaign will inspire those who have sketched at home to visit the landmarks once travelling is possible.

Sketching Scotland is just one of several initiatives the national tourism organisation has created to bring Scotland to visitors.

Other online offerings include videos, blogs, a rundown of the best virtual experiences currently on offer, a dark skies-inspired series and ideas to entertain littles ones during lockdown.

There are also advice pages on the latest Scottish Government guidelines.

As the sector gears up for a potential reopening on July 15, VisitScotland is using its online resources to help keep Scotland at the forefront of visitors’ minds.

It is also working closely with the Scottish Government, industry partners and businesses to provide support and guidance to aid the recovery of one of Scotland’s most valuable tourism sector.

VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director Paula Ward said: “The Coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on the tourism industry.

“We want to make sure that new and returning visitors are still dreaming about the Scottish Borders, even if they can’t physically explore just yet.

“Sketching Scotland is a fun take on sightseeing and a way to learn about some of our best-loved sights, including St Abb’s Harbour and Abbotsford House, in a completely new way.

“We were also conscious that people are looking for ways to use their time creatively and learn a new skill.

“We loved the thought that people all over the world could be taking 15 minutes to relax, draw and think of Scotland, and of course hopefully visit in ‘real life’ when that is possible.

“As restrictions are eased further, we look forward to helping encourage Scots to rediscover the own country, while at the same time supporting businesses as they prepare for the inevitable operational changes and ensuring that communities feel comfortable and capable of welcoming visitors in a safe way.”

Kirsten Ross, Coastal Community Development Officer, Visit Berwickshire Coast, added: “St Abb’s Harbour is a quaint, picturesque and iconic fishing habrour in the heart of the Berwickshire Coast.

“It is greatly popular with divers and snorkelers who take in the incredible sights of the Berwickshire Marine Reserve’s corals and sea life.

“The harbour which also sits beside the St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve and its seabird colonies has gained fame in many TV & film productions including Abengers: Endgame in 2019 appearing a Thor’s town, New Asgard.

“The Sketching Scotland activities will draw further attention to the harbour and other iconic Scottish landmarks to new audiences and past visitors.

“It is a great opportunity to show how unique Scotland is and encourage more visits when it is safe to travel again.”

Iconic sights which will feature throughout the series include V&A Museum, Old Man of Hoy, Orkney, Italian Chapel, Riverside Museum, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Bow Fiddle Rock, Portknockie, Forth Bridge, Calanais Standing Stones, Duff House, Tobermory houses at the harbour on Mull, The Pineapple, near Falkirk, The Kelpies/Falkirk Wheel, Caerlaverock Castle, Scottish Crannog Centre, Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, St Abbs Harbour, Abbotsford House, Culross houses, Dunfermline Abbey and Sumburgh Head and Lighthouse.

To try Sketching Scotland VisitScotland: Sketching Scotland

You can share your sketches on social media using #sketchingscotland.