Title ID 2436Collection ID386
TitleScotland June 1929
DateJune 1929
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionHoliday
KeywordsAnimals Boats Cars Farming Holidays Lakes Landscape Motor Vehicles Rural Areas Sea Fishing Tourism Transport Travel Workers Urban Areas
LocalLoch a'Chairn Bhain Ullapool Strathpeffer Island of Skye Loch Glencoul Kinlochewe Loch Kishorn Edinburgh Erskine Loch Lomond Oban Elgin Inverness Bettyhill Scrabster John O'Groats Orkney Islands
RegionalArgyll and Bute Highland
NationalScotland United Kingdom
CameraAlbert Jones; Betty Jones (née Nightingale)
ParticipantsAlbert Jones; Betty Jones (née Nightingale); Moses Nightingale; Ruth Nightingale
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration22 min. 30 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Two reels of amateur film with intertitles which chronicle a motoring holiday through the Highlands of Scotland. The holidaymakers explore the rugged landscape in three chauffeur-driven cars, stopping to watch the herring catch being unloaded at Oban and ending their trip in Edinburgh.


Reel 1 - The film opens with a shot of a marching band leading the 1st Battalion of the Royal Scots along a city street, followed by images of industry on the banks of the River Clyde. The holidaymakers, who include Ruth and Moses Nightingale, their daughter Betty and her husband Albert Jones, travel in three chauffeur-driven cars through the Scottish Highlands, taking roadside lunch breaks along the way. The cameraman focuses much of his attention on the landscape, filming the lochs and surrounding countryside, the harbourside villages, and grazing Highland cattle. A prolonged sequence records the arrival of fishing boats at Oban and the sorting of their herring catch by both male and female workers. This reel also contains images of sheep shearing, of a ship unloading its cargo at Scrabster, and of the Greig Street Bridge in Inverness.

Reel 2 - The holidaymakers continue on their journey, crossing a shallow river on foot, and watching as their cars cross Loch Glencoul on the Kylesku ferry. The waterfalls, rivers and lochs of the Highlands are captured on film prior to the Nightingale party arrives in Edinburgh. Panning shots of the city are taken from Edinburgh Castle before the camera moves down to the city streets to capture street scenes. The film ends with images of The Palace of Holyrood House and of the three cars driving in convoy along quiet roads.