Whistle Stop Scotland - Books - Living Paintings

Living Paintings

Whistle Stop Scotland

Suitable for: Book Clubs

Sponsored by: Garfield Weston Foundation

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Did you know you could go to Scotland without even leaving your chair? Come aboard the Touch to See tour bus! First stop is the capital city Edinburgh, and a tour of the castle. Then we’re hiking up into the mountains and glens to admire a red stag. Finally we take to the water to visit the Island of Iona and learn about crofting and the traditional, remote ways of island living.


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We are showing you here one of the best-known animal paintings in the history of art. Some of you may well remember it, and not only because it featured on the label of a well-known brand of whisky! There is no denying this stag is indeed a splendid specimen most immaculately painted. He stands proudly on a hillock in the foreground, his head, carrying a fine head of antlers, is raised and he is looking into the distance. His hide (or coat) is a rich series of browns and yellow ochres. The background is suitably dramatic stormy sky, craggy hills and mist-filled valley below.
Now let's find our "Monarch" on the thermoform which has the usual marks, double dots for centre marks, and single ones for the quarters. Dropping down from the top centre mark you will immediately find the antlers, or horns, spreading out to left and right. A mature stag can have as many as twelve points or tips. When you count them, they are easy to find but two overlap on the left-hand side. I am told by experts that a stag rarely carries more than twelve points. One such as this is a very fine specimen. The antlers themselves are deep brown, but each sharp point is yellow/orange.


What's inside

  • 10 copies of two or three raised tactile images.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • Coloured picture book of the raised images. Guidance Notes to help you make the most of using this book.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Edinburgh Castle
Iona Croft by Francis Cadell
Monarch of the Glen by Sir Edwin Landseer RA

What our members say

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Such an interesting album The descriptions were very good and we found the stories very interesting. Lots of discussions and reminiscing took place in the group Library Member
Interesting and really informative, which prompts conversation We would recommend to another group. The whole pack is put together well and can be used by people who are blind but also with a slight visual impairment. The book is interesting and really informative, which prompts conversation. Group Leader notes very useful. Library Member
The group reminisced it brought back a lot of memories The group reminisced about seeing the Edinburgh Tattoo. One of the group spoke about attending Scottish dancing and the session brought back a lot of memories. Library Member
Enjoyable experience All members enjoyed the experience especially the commentary. Rose
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