New aerial film showcases Scotland’s wilderness

A SCOTTISH film-maker has released incredible aerial footage of some of Scotalnd’s finest landscapes in a new film entitled Wild Scotland.

A screenshot of John Duncan's film
A screenshot of John Duncan's film

The film, which took five months to shoot, showcases 17 different locations around Scotland – “just a fraction” of what Scotland has to offer, said film-maker John Duncan.

“The variation of the landscape in such a small country has always inspired me,” Duncan said. “I love the contrast between mountainous west coast and the east. A few years ago I saw a drone video shot along the Amalfi coast in Italy and I instantly knew I had to buy one and travel around Scotland.”

Duncan used a drone to film every location – including Bass Rock, Tantallon Castle, and the Callanish Stones on Lewis – allowing him to get into the spots where conventional aerial filming with helicopters couldn’t access.

A screenshot of John Duncan's film

“The camera is stabilised on a gimbal which eliminates any wobble and shake – so even though the drone could be getting buffeted by the wind, the image will remain steady.”

Duncan’s favourite moment was going up Bidein a’ ghlas thuill to film the spectacular serrated ridge of An Teallach, southwest of Dundonnell.

“I had been filming another mountain called Suilven the previous evening and the weather forecast changed so I made a last minute decision,” he said. “I left Suilven at 2am and started hiking at 3.30am in the pitch dark. On the way up I could hear stag roaring. I felt like I was a million miles from civilisation.

“Upon reaching the top the sun started to break through and I realised it was going to be an epic shot.”

John Duncan

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A screenshot of John Duncan's film