Sketching Scotland series is a work of art

Would-be artists will be shown how to sketch landmarks such as Tobermory Harbour.

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The iconic coloured houses of Tobermory harbour, Mull.

One of Argyll and The Isles 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, including the iconic Tobermory houses at the harbour, is now available online.

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-19 pandemic, the new Sketching Scotland series will help draw attention to one of the country’s most iconic views and see it transformed into a work of art.

Each tutorial is accompanied by a voice over giving advice and tips on how to create their 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.

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 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.’

To try Sketching Scotland visit: https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/attractions/arts-culture/sketching-scotland/ and share your sketches on social media using #sketchingscotland