Such an interesting albumThe descriptions were very good and we found the stories very interesting. Lots of discussions and reminiscing took place in the groupLibrary Member
Whistle Stop Scotland (Adult Touch to See Club)
Suitable for: Book Clubs
Sponsored by: Garfield Weston Foundation
Available braille grades:
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.
- 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
Iona Croft by Francis Cadell
Monarch of the Glen by Sir Edwin Landseer RA
What our members say
Interesting and really informative, which prompts conversationWe 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
Group packWe particularly enjoyed Edinburgh which made great discussion on our trips there in the past. Also found Monarch of the Glen magnificent and very easy to follow.Library Member
The group reminisced it brought back a lot of memoriesThe 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 experienceAll members enjoyed the experience especially the commentary.Rose
Loved Monarch of the Glen the painting gave them a feeling of strengthWe did 2 out of the three thermoforms then had a break. They loved the Monarch of the Glen and some had seen it but not appreciated the detail before. They said that this painting gave them a feeling of strength. They loved the information and the music.Library Member