Glenfinnan Viaduct features in new VisitScotland sketching project

The Jacobite steam train passing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct at the head of Loch Shiel. NO F28 Glenfinnan sketch
The Jacobite steam train passing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct at the head of Loch Shiel.

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One of Lochaber’s most well-known landmarks is included in a new online series, launched by the national tourism organisation.

Sketching Scotland is part of VisitScotland’s online activity 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 Glenfinnan Viaduct.

The viaduct – made famous in the Harry Potter series of films – carries the railway to Glenfinnan Station across a 1,000ft span, 100ft above the ground and the Jacobite steam train runs from here to Fort William and Mallaig.

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.

Chris Taylor, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director, said: ‘The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the tourism industry. We want to make sure that new and returning visitors are still dreaming about the Highlands, 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 Glenfinnan Viaduct, 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 well as Glenfinnan Viaduct, iconic sights which will feature throughout the series include the V&A Museum, the Old Man of Hoy and the Italian Chapel, Orkney; Riverside Museum, Bow Fiddle Rock, Portknockie; Forth Bridge, Calanais Standing Stones, Duff House, Tobermory houses at the harbour on Mull, The Pineapple, near Falkirk; The Kelpies/Falkirk Wheel, Caerlaverock Castle, Scottish Crannog Centre, Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, St Abbs Harbour, Abbotsford House, Culross houses, Dunfermline Abbey and Sumburgh Head and Lighthouse.


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