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  • Highlands, the
  • Sutherland


  • Environment, the
  • Leisure and recreation
  • Tourism and travel


  • 1970s

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Reference number: 4297

Date: 1974*

Director: d. Murray Grigor

Sponsor: Highlands and Islands Development Board

Production company: Viz Ltd.

Sound: sound

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 21.11 mins

Description: The North West of Scotland, seen through the eyes of a young couple taking a Spring break. Starting off in Ullapool, the film shows a fishing trip to the Summer Isles, a drive in the mailbus from Badcall bay to Glencoul, the ferry crossing at Kylesku, a ceilidh near Scourie and many landscape shots, including Suilven and Stac Polly.

Also known under working title ASSYNT.

Credits: actors Mary McCusker, Bill Paterson
m. Rab Purves and The Sutherland Tappits
ph. David Peat
assistant Roland Kennedy
sd. Ian Leslie, Bill Sinclair
graphics Donald Holwill
p. man. Iain A. R. Smith
ed. Patrick Higson

Shotlist: gvs landscapes and coastlines of the North West of Scotland, title is overlaid (0.52) horse and cart with traveller (re-enacting tour in Spring 1848), the traveller makes notes, views an osprey island, takes a boat trip and shoots some birds in his endeavors to record the plant and animal wildlife of Northern Scotland (4.25) gvs Ullapool, and a fishing boat trip to the Summer Isles (5.37) conversation between Bill Paterson and boat skipper (7.09) shots of couple enjoying picnic out on rocks (7.55) gvs islands and sea (8.15) shots of Badcall bay; local mail bus winds along coastline stopping at deep sea loch of Glencoul (9.25) shot of ferry crossing at Kylesku, including conversation with ferry man (10.20) [speeded up footage] of car ferry crossing strait (10.50) gvs and l/s Polbain beach, the couple are seen running about (12.05) shot of inn near Scourie (re-enacting 1848) with shiploads of immigrants leaving: this merging into present day (13.04) ints ceilidh (15.00) gvs landscape of the North West, including Suilven and Stac Polly; gvs guillemots, razorbills and fulmars as seen from cliff summit (20.17) the couple say goodbye to 'timeless' countryside and people (20.43) ecs (21.11)