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Over ½ Million take a virtual escape to Scotland’s iconic coasts and islands

Sail Scotland has today announced their record-breaking Virtual Reality drone filmed videos have been viewed over ½ million times across social media channels so providing a welcome distraction to the limitations of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Eight iconic coastal locations feature in the innovative drone filmed videos have been viewed 524,000 times. The videos are in 360-degree format that provides viewers with an amazing immersive experience.

The films include, flying high above the sea cliffs at St Kilda and soaring with the Puffins on Staffa. The top viewed video features one of Scotland’s most iconic and stunning anchorages at Loch Scavaig that sits under the brooding Cullin mountains of Skye.

In addition, viewers are given stunning fly over views of sailing areas at Oban, Canna, Inverness and Mingulay. The 360-degree video also takes viewers inside distilleries at Oban and Islay and aboard ferries to Canna and Port Ellen on Islay.

The videos were filmed with support from Sail Scotland members, VisitScotland Marketing Growth Fund and in partnership with National Trust for Scotland, Diageo and Calmac.

Alan Rankin CEO at Sail Scotland said. “In what has been a really challenging year for commercial sailing operators we are over the moon with the consumer reaction to the videos. Many of the locations feature on personal ‘bucket lists’ and we are pleased that through these videos viewers can escape to these great outdoor places and perhaps tempt them to plan a visit in the future.”

The videos can be seen on Sail Scotland Facebook and YouTube pages. The full 360 experience can be enjoyed on a mobile phone, tablet device or for a truly immersive trip on a virtual reality headset.

The eight videos are available to view on YouTube

360 VR Videos Hosted on Sail Scotland YouTube Channel  

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