WATCH: New virtual reality tours of remote Scottish islands Staffa and St Kilda

Staffa. Picture: Airborne Lens
Staffa. Picture: Airborne Lens
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Virtual reality tours of some of Scotland's remotest islands were published today by Sail Scotland to promote maritime tourism.

The 360-degree footage produced by the marketing body is designed to encourage more people to explore the Highlands and Islands by boat.

The eight videos enable all-round views of various locations as the videos progress.

They cover St Kilda, Staffa, Mingulay, Islay, Canna and Skye, along with Oban and Inverness.

The series was launched at the Dusseldorf Boat Show - Europe’s largest - last Saturday, which attracted 250,000 visitors.

It is part of Sail Scotland’s #MustSeaScotland campaign to generate £1 million for the Scottish economy through boat visits as part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020.

Canna. Picture: Airborne Lens

Canna. Picture: Airborne Lens

It is backed by the National Trust for Scotland, which cares for St Kilda, Staffa and Canna, drinks giant Diageo, west coast ferry operator CalMac and VisitScotland.

Sail Scotland chief executive Alan Rankin said: “Having visited many of the stunning locations
featured in the videos, I believe the 360 VR format is the next best thing to getting out there."

VisitScotland regional leadership director David Adams McGilp said the films "give a superb virtual taste of some of the country’s best coastal locations and will hopefully encourage visitors to come to Scotland to experience our coasts and waters for real.”

Islay lighthouse. Picture: Airborne Lens

Islay lighthouse. Picture: Airborne Lens