Places + Locations | 1950 | Sound | Colour
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Film about Firth of Clyde in Wart of Scotland emphasising holidays and travel by rail and ship.
Opening shot behind titles - scenery of Firth of Clyde from above Greenock. Next a shot of a Clyde steamer leaving a pier, then of passengers on the ship. More shots of scenery from the ship. Passenger takes cinema-film. Passengers are seen disembarking. Large relief-map is shown - general area of Firth of Clyde with islands and sea-locks. 'Runabout' tickets let you travel everywhere by rail and ship. Braden goes to Wemyss Bay by rail. Picturesque station has won awards for its flowers. (Vast glazed roof (c. 1900) shown but not mentioned). Passengers leave train and walk towards pier. Passengers next seen on the ship. Father takes small boy below to see engines and to visit bar. Shots of steam engines working and of engineer at the controls. Ship is now seen approaching Largs. Seaman prepare line to throw to the pier. Shots of scenery near Largs. Monument to 'day Scots threw out Vikings' [Battle of Largs 1263]. Scene of waterfront at Largs. Holiday makers on beach and in small boats. Next scene is of Millport on Isle of Cumbrae. People on beach and in water. Children playing cricket on beach. Next, a visit at Marine Biology Station at Keppel (on Cumbrae). Shots of unusual fish swimming in tanks. Dishevelled scientists looks down microscope. Finally octopus is seen swimming in tank. Several good shots of exotic creatures. Next we visit Dunoon. Statue of 'Highland Mary' (Robert Burns). Dunoon in scene of annual Highland Games. Many pipe bands are seen marching from the pier watched by large crowds. Scene of young girls in absurd version of 'Highland dress' rather desperately competing in 'Highland dancing'. More shots of athletes running, jumping, hammer-throwing and caber-tossing. Ship leaves Dunoon en route for Rothesay. General view of Rothesay, then shot of palting-green. Children fishing and playing on pier. Car-ferry is seen loading cars. Steamer 'Queen Mary II' is seen at the pier. Passengers seen disembarking. We leave almost at once. Shots of yachts under sail - including Prince Philip's boat, 'Bluebottle'. Steamer sails through the Kyles of Bute (narrow strait). Good shots of scenery - Isle of Bute and mainland of Argyll. Seals basking on rocks and swimming. Church of Colintraive seen next to Loch Long. Passengers seen leaving ship at Arrochar at the head of the loch. Now overland to Loch Lomond. General view of Loch Lomond and mountain. Small ship is seen on loch. Relief-map of loch and environment. More shots of people on a steamer and disembarking at Gouroch. Good shot of small cargo vessel [a 'puffer' - not mentioned]. Children feed seagulls. Next a shot of a bakery (on land) which makes supplies for steamers. Close-up of cakes, buns and sausage-rolls, then a scene in the café of a steamer. Next a steamer approaches Isle of Arran, 'Scotland in miniature'. Shots of scenery - mountains, heather, beach at Brodick. View of Gack House [not identified] and fiends looking at a ruined cottage. View of Arran in sunset and the of hills of Argyll [not identified]. Pleasant shots of scenery. Social change since then: trains and ship very busy with holiday makers, how resorts are in decline as people now flock to Spain.
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