ROYAL ROTHESAY: The Madeira of Scotland

Happy summer scenes of Rothesay in its heydey, including families on a crowded beach, putting and flower beds along the promenade. (clip - full length available onsite)

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Places:

  • Bute

Subjects:

  • Leisure and recreation

Genres:

  • Amateur
  • Sponsored
  • Promotional

Decade:

  • 1950s

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Title: ROYAL ROTHESAY: The Madeira of Scotland

Reference number: 5433

Date: 1954

Sponsor: Rothesay Advertising Association

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 23.28 mins

Description: Promotional overview of tourist attractions in Rothesay and surrounding area.

Shotlist: Title. (0.07) This film is shown to put before you the advantages of having a holiday in Rothesay. It is on the island of Bute in the Firth of Clyde and can be reached in less than twelve hours from London and many provincial towns. In the town there are facilities for all kinds of sport and entertainment and it is an ideal centre for visiting the lochs and islands in the firth. Some of the scenery around the island is world famous and unsurpassed for beauty. (0.32) ROTHESAY CASTLE Built in the 11th century was the scene of many battles between the Scotch defenders and the invading Norsemen. It was finally burned by the Duke of Argyle in 1685 and is now a picturesque ruin (0.48) gvs same (1.04) In castle courtyard a pageant is frequently held portraying incidents in the life and history of the town and island (1.16) gvs same (1.39) A Viking burial. Granting the Royal Charter. Maw Paw and the Weans at Rothesay in the days of the Comet (1.51) gvs same (3.12) Maid of Skelmorlie steamer approaching harbour, people on board (4.05) Jeannie Deans paddle steamer approaching harbour, crowds of people disembark (5.10) busy beach at Rothesay, children playing (5.23) people on putting green, flower beds along promenade(6.12) passenger boats in harbour (6.43) gvs Rothesay (7.00) ext. Information Bureau (7.12) Skeoch wood has for many years been famous in song and story (7.19) gvs same (7.50) elevated shots of town and pier, steamer approaching. Camera pans town (8.22) ls two girls in bathing costume (8.25) KYLES OF BUTE This world famous beauty spot is only a few miles from Rothesay. Most of the steamer and motor boat excursions pass through the narrows (8.40) gvs same (9.34) vintage car reversing onto ferry (9.49) LOCH FAD This four mile loch of fresh water has plesant paths on each side for foot passengers (10.00) gvs same (10.19) the Meadows and the tennis courts. The Meadows is a very popular place for picnic parties. There are six hard courts and a part set aside as a children's play ground (10.35) gvs same (11.27) The annual Cattle Show attracts a large number of visitors, The cattle are from 100% attested herds and are the best in the country (11.41) gvs same (13.48) ETTRICK BAY The most popular of all the bays which from the island's coastline. Its long stretch of sand and shallow water makes it an ideal place for the kiddies (14.01) pan shot Ettrick Bay, families on beach on deck chairs (15.12) fair rides (15.36) Scalpsie Bay Another very popular bay visited by hundreds daily (15.42) women on beach, playing leapfrog and paddling; sunbathers (16.43) gvs people walking along pier and promenade (17.12) INDOOR BATH All form of medicinal baths are provided. The pond is standard size and is filled with heated and filtered sea water. Swimming is taught daily. Mixed bathing is permitted at all sessions. (17.28) ext indoor baths, view inside. A small girl being taught to swim by hoist held by a man at pool edge (18.58) No holiday to Royal Rothesay would be complete without a visit to the Highland Games. The Highland athletes are at their best whether it be dancing to the skil of the pipes, throwing the hammer or weight, or wrestling (19.17) gvs same, including women's foot race (21.07) At the pavillion you can dance on the finest floor in Scotland, to the music of a famous band. Many leading stage, screen and radio stars appear at the Sunday concerts (21.22) ext. Pavilion, promenade, beach, flower beds (22.12) gvs harbour, steamer departing under plumes of black smoke; gvs Rothesay (23.07) We have endeavoured to place before you some of the attractions we have to offer. Our information service is at your disposal at all times. We have the finest conference facilities on the Firth of Clyde. For fuller information about a holiday in Rothesay write Secretary, Rothesay Advertising Association. (23.28)