Shetland Museum and Archives goes virtual

March 8th 2017

Thanks to a new app developed by VisitScotland, people across the world can now instantly walk through the galleries of Shetland Museum and Archives, tour the prehistoric village of Skara Brae in Orkney, soar high over Edinburgh Castle like a bird, journey into the depths of The Hollow Mountain of Ben Cruachan and experience the Northern Lights – all from the comfort of their own home.

Shetland Museum and Archives are delighted to have been included in this project, allowing visitors to ‘virtually’ tour two areas of the galleries and the outside Dock. ScotlandVR is a ground-breaking virtual travel experience that allows people, wherever they are in the world, to be immersed in Scotland’s remarkable attractions.

The ScotlandVR app is available for all Android and Apple users to download for free on Google Play and Apple Store. Featuring state-of-the art 360˚ imagery and footage, users start their journey in a virtual glen complete with moo-ing Highland Cow, crackling fire and bellowing stag. From there, they can jump into a map of Scotland and experience 26 unique attractions covering every region of the country.

The whole environment can be experienced in Stereoscopic 3D when used with a Google Cardboard virtual reality headset, or in 360˚ view using gyroscope technology in phone mode.

The Scotland VR app is a result of the collaborative effort and pioneering spirit of Scottish academic, technology and tourism sectors.

During the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, VisitScotland challenged young talent from Scotland’s academia to create an exciting, interactive digital product designed to inspire and motivate people to visit Scotland. The winners of the competition were a team from Edinburgh Napier University, led by Professor David Benyon and Dr Oli Mival who developed the concept for an innovative app in which to explore a virtual Scotland. The final ScotlandVR app was created by Edinburgh-based digital and creative agency, Whitespace in association with VisitScotland and Edinburgh Napier University.

The app launches with 26 attractions, and Shetland Museum and Archives is currently the only Shetland based attraction. Future phases of the software will see additional attractions added through refreshed content. The landmark locations for launch were chosen from set criteria including footfall, product diversity, online searches and links to the current 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. The launch attractions are:

Attraction

Region

Abbotsford House

Scottish Borders

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Ayrshire

Cairngorms National Park

Highlands

Calanais Standing Stones

Outer Hebrides

Cruachan The Hollow Mountain

Argyll and Bute

Dunnottar Castle

Aberdeenshire

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh and Lothians

Eilean Donan Castle

Highlands

The Falkirk Wheel

Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling and Forth Valley

Falkland Palace and Garden

Fife

Forth Bridges

Fife / Edinburgh and Lothians

Galloway Forest Park

Dumfries and Galloway

Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Highlands

The Kelpies

Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling and Forth Valley

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Glasgow

National Museum of Scotland

Edinburgh and Lothians

New Lanark World Heritage Site

Lanarkshire

Riverside Museum

Glasgow

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Edinburgh and Lothians

RRS Discovery

Dundee and Angus

The Scottish Crannog Centre and Loch Tay

Perthshire

Skara Brae

Orkney

Strathisla Distillery

Highlands

The National Wallace Monument

Stirlingshire

Shetland Museum and Archives

Shetland

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland said “We are excited to be able to launch our first venture into the world of virtual reality. Far from being a fad or gimmick, VR is revolutionising the way people choose the destinations they might visit by allowing them to ‘try before they buy’ and learn more about the country in an unique and interactive way.

“We have no doubt that once people get a taste of the spirit of Scotland or #ScotSpirit through ScotlandVR, they will be booking a holiday to experience our stunning landscapes and attractions in the flesh.”

ScotlandVR is now available to download from Google Play and Apple Stores. For more information, visit www.visitscotland.com/app

Watch a short promotional video of ScotlandVR at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iWlo1YjWBE