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Busman's Holiday (clip 2)

A bus driver's holiday by coach around Scotland

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Second 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. People leave Urquart Castle and the coach arrives at Inverness then heads to Loch Maree and Poolewe. Roadworks are encountered with resurfacing the road in progress with road making machinery and a road roller. Passengers sing 'Road to the Isles' accompanied by harmonica. Scenery as coach descends to Gruinard Bay then moves to Ullapool.

Passengers feed a deer on the roadside. Views of the Sutherland coast and Dounreay Atomic Energy Authority's Experimental Station. The last house in Scotland and the last bus stop in Scotland at John O'Groats.

Questions & Activities


  • What is a "busman's holiday"?
  • What do you think the message of this film is and what were the company trying to promote?
  • Why can't people travel by train to Ullapool?
  • Do you think you could still meet 'a young crofter who hasn't even seen a train' today?


Research the activities of oil companies in promoting motor travel as opposed to rail travel?

Write a poem about the scenery in your area.

Find out about the building of roads and railways in the Highlands.

Research the geology of Sutherland. What kind terrain is and how was it formed?

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-055-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0345
Date 1959
Genre Documentary, Sponsored
School Subject Geography, Drama, English, Media Studies, Mathematics
Subject Matter Business, Enterprise
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 Caithness, Dounreay, Gruinard Bay, Inverness, John O'Groats, Loch Maree, Loch Ness, Poolewe, Sutherland, Ullapool
Event Holiday
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 9:57
Film Length 21:19