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Isle of Skye (clip)

Family holiday to the Skye during Highland Games

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This amateur home movie footage was shot on a family holiday to Skye. The film includes the MacBrayne steamer approaching Portree; scenery around Skye - the Cullins; the Highland Games including pole vaulting into a sand pit; a men's and boy's tug of war as well as two women on a platform dancing the Sailor’s hornpipe and a demonstration of tossing the caber.

Questions & Activities


  • What activities make up a traditional Highland Games?
  • Are the Highland Games only held in the Highlands?
  • Where else in Scotland are the Highland Games held?
  • What are the mountains on Skye called?


History / Health and Wellbeing: Research the origin of the Highland Games.

Enterprise: Recreate your own mini games.

Media Studies: Add a voice-over in the style of a sports commentary.

Geography: Make a list of Scottish islands.

English / Media Studies / Journeys: Write about your own holidays. You could story board what you did and where you went.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-419-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 3773
Date 1954
Genre Amateur, Home Movie
School Subject Media Studies, Health and Wellbeing, English, History
Subject Matter Enterprise
Who Stanley Mills (filmmaker)
Where Portree, Skye
Event Isle of Skye Highland Games 1954
Attributes Colour, Silent
Clip Length 2:27
Film Length 09:15