Tobermory is a work of art

Tobermory makes for a colourful sketch.

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Tobermory’s colourful waterfront is included in a new online sketching series, launched by VisitScotland.

Sketching Scotland is part of  the tourism organisation’s online plan to help visitors dream now and travel later.

A series of 20 short videos teaching virtual visitors how to sketch landmarks and locations is now available online, including the iconic Tobermory houses at the harbour.

The picturesque town on the Isle of Mull is a popular location as the setting for books, TV and film. Legend has it the wreck of a Spanish galleon lies beneath the harbour, attracting treasure-hunters through the years. It is hoped that while travel restrictions remain in place due to the Covid  pandemic, the new Sketching Scotland series will help draw attention to one of the country’s best views and see it transformed into a work of art.

Each tutorial is accompanied by a voiceover giving advice and tips on how to create your drawing, as well as facts about each destination. It is hoped the creative campaign will inspire those who have sketched at home to visit the landmarks once travelling is possible.

Sketching Scotland is just one of several initiatives the national tourism organisation has created to bring Scotland to visitors. Other online offerings include videos, blogs, a rundown of the best virtual experiences currently on offer, a dark skies-inspired series and ideas to entertain littles ones during lockdown. There are also advice pages on the latest Scottish Government guidelines.

As the sector gears up for a potential reopening on  July 15, VisitScotland is using its online resources to help keep Scotland at the forefront of visitors’ minds. It is also working closely with the Scottish Government, industry partners and businesses to provide support and guidance to aid the recovery of one of Scotland’s most valuable tourism sector.

VisitScotland Regional Director David Adams McGilp said: ‘The Coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on the tourism industry. We want to make sure that new and returning visitors are still dreaming about Argyll & The Isles, even if they can’t physically explore just yet.

‘Sketching Scotland is a fun take on sightseeing and a way to learn about some of our best-loved attractions, such as Tobermory harbour, in a completely new way. We were also conscious that people are looking for ways to use their time creatively and learn a new skill. We loved the thought that people all over the world could be taking 15 minutes to relax, draw and think of Scotland, and of course hopefully visit in’ real life’ when that is possible.

‘As restrictions are eased further, we look forward to helping encourage Scots to rediscover the own country, while at the same time supporting businesses as they prepare for the inevitable operational changes and ensuring that communities feel comfortable and capable of welcoming visitors in a safe way.’

To try Sketching Scotland visit: and share your sketches on social media using #sketchingscotland