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Highland Capital (clip)

Inverness from Bonnie Prince Charlie to the Loch Ness Monster

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A promotional film from the late 1960s that represents Inverness as the focal point for Highland life. This clip features historically interesting shots of Inverness in the midst of the Swinging Sixties showing local transportation, people in Highland dress and amateur camerament with the latest photographic equipment strianing for a sight of the Loch Ness Monster.

Questions & Activities


  • Which aspects of Highland life does the film choose to focus on??
  • How would you describe the tone and style of this film?
  • How is this underscored by the use of music and diegetic sound?
  • Who do you think is the intended audience for this film?


English / Local History: Shoot digital video from exactly the same places depicted in the film and a documentary incorporating both sets of footage to show how Inverness has changed over the last forty years? Discuss whether you are proud of those changes and explain why.

Business Studies / Tourism / Enterprise: If you were to make your own promotional movie for your town in 2010. Discuss what the class would choose to focus on to attract visitors to your town.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-273-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 2213
Date 1968
Genre Documentary, Sponsored, Promotional
School Subject English, History, Business Studies
Subject Matter Tourism, Local History
Who Alan Harper (producer), Bryden Murdoch (narrator), Campbell Harper Films (production company), Films of Scotland (sponsor), Inverness and Loch Ness Tourist Association (sponsor), Mark Littlewood (cameraman)
Where Inverness, Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 3:19
Film Length 19:44