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Over the Sea to Skye (Clip 2)

A hiker's visit to the island

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The hiker has moved on and now visits a ruined cottage. Peat is cut from a bank and laid out to dry and a sheep is shown being being clipped as an introduction to the process of producing tartan. He nexts travels to Dunvegan castle which we see inside and outside before the myth of the Fairy flag is described. After leaving the castle the film briefly vists a hydro dam, before presenting some of the ruined castles and chapels of Skye. As the hiker sets out on his walk to the top of the Cuillins he passes a woman fishing and two men playing golf. The story of Flora Macdonald and Bonnie Prince Charlie is recounted. The hiker undertakes a climb on a rockface, attached to two others by rope. The film concludes with a variety of shots of Skye while 'The Sky Boat Song' is played.

Questions & Activities


  • What are the colours for the Tartan made from?
  • How is the peat cut and what is it used for?
  • Why did peat cutting become unsustainable?
  • Why is most of the farming land on Skye used for sheep?
  • What is the fairy flag and what legends are associated with it?
  • Which clans are dominant on Skye?
  • Who was Flora MacDonald and what is her significance to history?
  • How long does it take to climb and descend the Cuillins? How high are the mountains?
  • What is the Royal and Ancient game? Why is it called this?


Geography / History: Describe the different agricultural methods shown in operation at the time.

History / Art and design: Describe how the women is working with the wool. How might this be done today?

Business: Research the history of cottage industries in the UK and discuss whether we have any cottage industries today.

Technologies: Research how hydro-electric power works. Use other films on this website to help you.

History: Research the clans of Skye and their history, rivalry and feuding. When did the feuding stop and why? Link to '€˜A Song for Prince Charlie'€™.

Gaelic / English: Name the peaks of the Cuillins and research the meaning of their names in English.

Early Scottish History: The Hebrides is a distinct part of Britain with is language and culture. Research the history and government of the Hebrides and how they become part of Scotland in the late middle-ages.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-004-019-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0363
Date 1961
Genre Documentary, Sponsored
School Subject Geography, History, Art and Design, Technologies, Gaelic, English, Social Studies
Subject Matter Business
Who Anvil Films (production company), Films of Scotland and skye Tourist Association (sponsor), Hans Neiter (director)
Where Dunvegan Castle, Skye
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 9:10
Film Length 18:00