Echoes of Appin

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Appin, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, UK

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LanguageEnglish and Gaelic
Duration55 minutes

‘Echoes of Appin’ is a new and captivating audio experience that brings to life some of the sounds and stories of historic Appin in the beautiful West Highlands of Scotland.
Described as a “soundwalk through time” the project was initiated by Jamie Smith and Penny Cousins from Appin and developed to create an exciting new tourist resource, enabling visitors to engage with aspects of the area’s history and environment through a set of immersive and absorbing episodes.
The text has been created by Deborah Templeton from a wide range of local sources and is narrated by the acclaimed actress Kelly Macdonald. The highly evocative sound design is by Jamie Smith, with accompanying illustrations and photography by Charlotte Smith, both of St.Mary’s Space.
Local artist Fiona Hunter created the soundwalk map and Duncan MacNeil of Ionad Gaidhlig Furan worked with Appin Primary School to provide an introduction to local Gaelic words and placenames.
The project was supported by Creative Scotland and is now available for purchase at with all proceeds going to the Appin Community Development Trust.
In addition to appealing to local visitors, those further afield with an interest in Appin will also enjoy accessing the soundwalk and map, downloading the audio, putting on their headphones and letting their imagination transport them back to Appin, wherever in the world they are now living.

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