Travel: Virtual Reality App from Visit Scotland

A new virtual reality app has been realised from VisitScotland so everyone  across the world can now instantly walk through 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!

ScotlandVR  app is available for all Android and Apple users to download for free via this VisitScotland page.

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, in 360˚ view using gyroscope phone technology or by touchscreen also in phone mode.

The app launches with 26 attractions, but future phases of the software will see attractions added through refreshed content. The landmark locations for launch were chosen from set criteria including footfall, product diversity, online searches, showcasing attractions with innovative architecture and design 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 Moray

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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