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Loch Lomond

Take a colourful post-war cruise around Loch Lomond on the paddle steamer, the Princess May, seeing Luss, Rowardennan and the small islands; a moving record of a vanished era.

Travelogue 1946 9 mins Silent

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Explore the islands and villages of Loch Lomond in this colourful post-war cruise on board the paddle steamer, the Princess May. Visit Balloch Pier railway station, now long gone along with the paddle steamers. See Inchmurrin, the largest island, then go on to Inchcailleach, Inchlonaig, and Luss pier. Call in at Rowardennan, or Tarbet where the Trossachs beckon, before reaching Ardlui, your last outward stop. A lovely film from SEFA, and a moving record of a vanished era.

Made by SEFA (the Scottish Educational Film Association), who formed in 1935 in order to promote the use of educational films and other visual aids in education. SEFA collaborated closely with the Scottish Film Council to achieve these aims, with joint publications on aspects of film in teaching, children's viewing habits, and use of the resources of the Scottish Central Film Library. During the Second World War, SEFA ran mobile cinema shows in rural areas for evacuees. After the war, they worked with the Scottish Film Council to make educational films depicting aspects of Scottish life. As such, the films would have been shown in classrooms throughout Scotland during the post-war era.