Watch the trailer for Light Waves - a new film featuring Iona Abbey and Urquhart Castle


22 September 2021
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Light Waves is a multilingual short film by Historic Environment Scotland that showcases Scotland’s coasts and waters and its links to Gaelic and Scots culture

The ten-minute film will be premiered by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) at 7pm on Sunday 17 October via live-stream. 

The film is set against the backdrop of some of Scotland’s most iconic locations including Blackness Castle, Iona Abbey and Urquhart Castle, which are managed by HES. The film also features dramatic projections including artwork of St Columba and animated archive imagery of Herring girls, fishermen and historic maps to showcase the heritage and traditions of Scotland’s coasts and waters.  

Gillian Urquhart, Events Manager at HES, said: “With dramatic and immersive displays which have been projected onto historic sites located near Scotland’s shores, and powerful soundscapes of the multilingual poetic narration and emotive music, viewers will be taken on a journey to see Scotland’s history light up like never before. 

“Aiseag is a fascinating word that has many meanings that correlate to the narrative and themes explored in Light Waves which not only celebrates our love of Scotland’s coasts and waters but showcases the important link with Gaelic and Scots culture and traditions, and the impact that Scotland’s waterways have had on communities throughout the country.”  

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Produced by Double Take Projections, Light Waves is accompanied by a specially commissioned soundtrack by the Scottish band Niteworks and multilingual poetic narration. 

How to watch

Light Waves will premiere at 7pm on Sunday 17 October on the HES Facebook and YouTube accounts and is free to watch. For further information, visit the Historic Environment Scotland website.

(Report and images courtesy of Historic Environment Scotland)