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Reference number: 1538

Date: 1946c

Production company: SEFA (Dunbartonshire Group)

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 6.24 mins

Description: Panoramic views of Loch Lomond and the surrounding area including Inchmurrin (the largest island), Inchcailleach (the burial island) and the villages of Rowardennan, Tarbet and Inversnaid.

Possibly made c.1946. Steamer seen in closing sequence of film is "Princess May". The presence of servicemen and the types of motor cars in use indicate that some of the films was shot in 1939. Later sequences indicate nearer 1946.

Digitisation funded by British Film Institute 'Unlocking Film Heritage', awarding funds from the National Lottery.

Shotlist: Credits (.06); General views of landscape (.18); Map (.39); Half a mile down river from the loch is the village of Balloch. In the Gaelic Bealach means a pass and from ancient times, Balloch has been the crossing place at the foot of Loch Lomond (.51); General views of Balloch village and loch side. Shot of Balloch Pier railway station and pier as passengers board the loch steamer, "Princess May". (1.29); Inchmurrin, the largest island. In the Gaelic, Inch means island. Shots of the island from the steamer. (1.46); Inchcailleach (Cailleach = A nun). The Nun's Isle, now known as the burial isle. Near the summit is a small burial ground. Shot past deck of steamer to island. Shots of gravestones on the island (2.14); Shots of Balmaha pier from steamer (2.38); Inchlonaig (Lonaig = soft grazing). The Boggy Isle commonly known as Yew Tree Island. Here long ago came the bowmen to select wood for their bows. Shots across deck of steamer to the isle. Shots of crew on bridge of steamer, Captain McDonald (2.54); Luss. Land of the Colquhouns. Shots approaching Luss pier. General views of Luss village. Tourists picnicing. Exterior shot of the Colquhoun Arms Hotel. Shot of church (3.48); As we approach Rowardennan, the loch becomes narrower. Here we take leave of the hikers setting out to climb Ben Lomond. Shots from steamer nearing the pier. Hikers disembark and steamer then pulls away (4.24); Tarbet is our next call. Tarbet or Tarbert is Gaelic for a narrow isthmus. Hence the number of Tarbets on the West of Scotland. Approach to Tarbet pier. Passengers alight. General views of village of tarbet. Exterior shot of the Tarbet Hotel. Deck of steamer (5.03); Inversnaid (Inver = where a river enters sea or loch). Tourists for the Trossachs leave us here. Near at hand is Rob Roy's cave (5.14); Shots from the steamer of pier at Inversnaid Hotel. Shots of unidentified waterfall. Rob Roy's cave (5.52); Ardlui (Hill of the Young Deer) lies at the head of the loch in Glen Falloch and is the steamer's last outward call. Shots of the shoreline at Ardlui (6.05); Exterior view of large house (6.09); General views of the steamer on the loch. (Princess May) Shots of landscape (6.20); The End (6.24)