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Busman's Holiday (clip 1)

A bus driver's holiday by coach around Scotland

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First part of a sponsored documentary that sees a Galloway coach driver take a 'busman's holiday' around Scotland touching on the different industries which are important on the way. Includes Falkirk coachworks, Dumfries, Edinburgh, Loch Lomond, the tanker terminal at Finnart and Grangemouth refinery.

The coach stops at Glencoe and a piper stands playing in the gorge. On to Fort William with shots of snow-covered Ben Nevis and the Spean Bridge Commando Memorial, Fort Augustus Abbey and grounds and Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness.

Questions & Activities


  • Why are the coach factory workers not wearing ear muffs?
  • What can you learn about bus holidays in 1959?
  • Why is the tankers' terminal located in Loch Finnart?
  • What places of interest can you name in Scotland?


Find out how travel has changed the development of tourism in Scotland.

Trace the route these tourists took and design your own virtual bus tour of Scotland. Where would you take tourists and how would you explain the history? Create your own advertising campaign for the tour.

Research what other methods of travel you can use to get around Scotland. Which are the most environmentally friendly?

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-053-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0345
Date 1959
Genre Documentary, Sponsored
School Subject Geography, History, Media Studies, Social History
Subject Matter Journeys
Who Anglo Scottish Pictures (production company), Eddie Earp (director), Films of Scotland, Shell-Mex, BP Ltd and Scottish Omnibuses Ltd (sponsors), Jim Goding (director)
Where Dumfries (Bus Station), Edinburgh (Coach Station), Falkirk (coachworks), Finnart, Fort William, Galloway, Loch Lomond
Event Holidays, Bus, Oil
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 10:18
Film Length 21:19