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In 1944, director John C. Elder made a film which was co-sponsored by the ferry and coach operator David MacBrayne Ltd and the London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS). The film, which has no sound, was intended to promote the west coast and islands of Scotland to potential visitors. It is also possible that, given the film was made during World War II, it could have also been used for propaganda purposes to show that life in Britain remained tranquil and undisturbed.

We have digitised it from its original 3 reel version. Unfortunately, the film itself has deteriorated over time and this has affected the quality of the reproduction.

After Barra the excursion moves on to Tiree. There is then a section on the bird life on the island of Lunga followed by a visit to the Island of Iona.

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A tour of the West Coast of Scotland and the Outer Hebrides in 1944 (part 2)

1940s

ferries; Cal Mac; Caledonian MacBrayne; films; videos; tourism; tourists; lobsters; sea cliffs; puffins; guillemots; razorbills; St Columba; Iona Abbey; ruins; flowers;

Danny Ross

16mm Silent Films

In 1944, director John C. Elder made a film which was co-sponsored by the ferry and coach operator David MacBrayne Ltd and the London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS). The film, which has no sound, was intended to promote the west coast and islands of Scotland to potential visitors. It is also possible that, given the film was made during World War II, it could have also been used for propaganda purposes to show that life in Britain remained tranquil and undisturbed.<br /> <br /> We have digitised it from its original 3 reel version. Unfortunately, the film itself has deteriorated over time and this has affected the quality of the reproduction.<br /> <br /> After Barra the excursion moves on to Tiree. There is then a section on the bird life on the island of Lunga followed by a visit to the Island of Iona.