Kelly Macdonald narrates Echoes of Appin ‘soundwalk’

Echoes of Appin is described as a 'soundwalk through time'. All proceeds will go to support the work of Appin Community Development Trust.. Illustration: Charlotte Smith.

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Echoes of Appin is a captivating new audio experience that brings to life the sounds and stories of ‘magical’ Appin.

Described as a ‘soundwalk through time’, the project was conceived by local composer Jamie Smith, who worked with Penny Cousins of Appin Community Development Trust, to create a new and exciting tourist resource.

A map of the Echoes of Appin soundwalk, illustrated by Fiona Hunter.

The soundwalk enables visitors to engage with aspects of the area’s history and environment through a set of immersive soundtracks that can be listened to either on location or from the comfort of home.

Writer Deborah Templeton has drawn from a wide range of local sources to create a poetic evocation of Appin ancient and modern, rich in history, legend, geology, flora and fauna, beautifully brought to life though the narration of Scottish actor Kelly Macdonald, and the highly evocative music and sound design of Jamie Smith.

The accompanying illustrations and photography are by Charlotte Smith; local artist Fiona Hunter has created the soundwalk map; and Duncan MacNeil of Ionad Gaidhlig Furan worked with Appin Primary School to provide a charming introduction to local Gaelic words and place names.

Kelly Macdonald is best known on the big screen for her roles in Trainspotting (and T2), Gosford Park, No Country for Old Men and Anna Karenina. Kelly has also starred in hugely popular television series including Black Mirror, Boardwalk Empire and recently Line of Duty – for which she has been nominated for a Scottish BAFTA.

Echoes of Appin is supported by Creative Scotland and available for purchase through, with all proceeds going to support the work of Appin Community Development Trust.

In addition to appealing to local visitors, those further afield with an interest in Appin will also enjoy accessing the soundwalk and map, downloading the audio, putting on their headphones, and letting their imagination transport them to Appin, wherever in the world they might be.