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Holiday Scenes at Rothesay

Holiday-makers arriving in Rothesay by the steamer "Columba"

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The film includes the steamboat Columba arriving at Rothesay pier with her full complement of holidaymakers. There are shots of passengers disembarking, pier buildings, a crowded Rothesay beach, Rothesay Castle and ladies bathing in the sea. The film ends on the putting green with the intertitle ‘John Hutchison had better look out’.

Questions & Activities


  • Where is Rothesay?
  • Where would most of the people come from to holiday on Rothesay?
  • Why was it such a popular holiday destination?
  • What activities can you spot?
  • What is the boat and what is significant about it?
  • How is the boat powered?


Social Studies / Art and Design: Create a powerpoint presentation/design a poster in the style of the time to promote Rothesay or your local area?

Media Studies / Social Studies: Make a short film clip encouraging people to come to your area on holiday?

Art and Design / Fashion: Look at what people are wearing in different parts of the film. What are the differences and similarities?

Gender: Which other areas of life were and are men and women segretated and what are the reasons for this?

Gender / Media Studies: How are men and women portayed differently in this film?

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-315-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 2334
Date 19211922
Genre Local Topical
School Subject Media Studies, Social Studies, Gender Studies, Art and Design
Subject Matter Journeys, Transport, Tourism
Who Green's Topical Productions, Glasgow and London (producer), Palace Picture House, Rothesay (sponsor)
Where Rothesay
Event Excursion
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 2:40
Film Length 02:40
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