Turn your hand to sketching

Turn your hand to sketching

Turn your hand to sketching Scotland’s most iconic landmarks this summer

The school summer holidays are here and to help keep boredom at bay, VisitScotland has launched an arty new series called Sketching Scotland.

The series invites those who love drawing or would like to hone their skills, to turn their hand at sketching 20 of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks with step-by-step tutorials. Each tutorial offers hints and tips and provides key facts about each landmark, making it the perfect stay-at-home learning activity for all the family to enjoy while the schools are out.

Sketchers can indulge their inner artist whilst trying to capture the intricacies of 130-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site the Forth Rail Bridge. They can even try draw the perfectly pointed roof of a prehistoric Scottish Crannog loch-dwelling in rural Perthshire, or the quirky and elaborate Pineapple summerhouse in Falkirk which dates back to the 17th century (which is suitably named as it looks exactly like a pineapple!).

The newly built V&A Museum in Dundee which opened in 2018 and is the first design museum in Scotland and the first Victoria and Albert museum outside of London, also features in the series, as do the very colourful houses of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.

Sketching Scotland offers up a great opportunity to find out more about the famous landmarks that Scotland is best known for and provides a chance to get 78a8f9470e4af2018dd37c39d566a719.jpginspired for a future trip. Or create your own Scottish landmark art to remind you of the fun memories you made during your last trip there.

Have you already visited any of the iconic landmarks that will feature in the series? Or which ones would you most like to visit in future?

  • The V&A Museum, Dundee
  • Old Man of Hoy, Orkney
  • The Italian Chapel, Orkney
  • The Riverside Museum, Glasgow
  • Glenfinnan Viaduct near Fort William
  • Bow Fiddle Rock, Portknockie in Aberdeenshire
  • The Forth Bridge, Edinburgh
  • Calanais Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis
  • Duff House in Banff, Aberdeenshire
  • The Tobermory houses at the harbour on the Isle of Mull
  • The Pineapple, near Falkirk
  • The Kelpies/Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk
  • Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries
  • The Scottish Crannog Centre, Aberfeldy, Perthshire
  • The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Ayr
  • St Abbs Harbour, Eyemouth, East Lothian
  • Abbotsford House, Tweedbank, Scottish Borders
  • Culross houses, Dunfermline, Fife
  • Dunfermline Abbey, Dunfermline, Fife
  • Sumburgh Lighthouse, Shetland.

The series was launched in response to the travel restrictions in place due to the Covid-19. VisitScotland hopes that future visitors to Scotland can continue to be inspired by all that the country has to offer from the comfort of their homes. The creative campaign aims to inspire those who have sketched landmarks to visit them in future and once travelling is possible.

Sketching Scotland is a great way to ignite your passion for learning and get creative at the same time. You can view the videos already uploaded as part of the series on VisitScotland’s f93b8e4621e12c2b101f40594f4d1b17.jpgYouTube channel. Get involved.

If you take part in the series, VisitScotland is encouraging you to share your works of art via its social channels. You can do this by using the #sketchingscotland hashtag and tagging their relevant social media accounts: Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Find out more about Sketching Scotland.

Everyone at Raring2go! wishes you happy sketching!

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