Sunday, 18 April 2021

Visitors can explore Scottish landmarks using virtual reality

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SCOTLAND is home to an incredible variety of landmarks, with people flocking from around the world to see attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, the RRS Discovery and Skara Brae. A new app will now enable to have a glimpse of Scotland’s attractions before they have even visited. ScotlandVR will enable people to be transported to a location of their choice and, it is hoped, encourage them to later make the trip for real. Featuring state-of-the art 360 degree images and footage, users start their journey in a virtual glen complete with Highland Cow, crackling fire and bellowing stag. From there, they jump into a map of Scotland and can experience 26 attractions across the country. Created in a collaboration between VisitScotland and a design team at Edinburgh Napier University, ScotlandVR provides historical information alongside interactive images and video. Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “This virtual reality app provides people across the globe with a window into Scotland’s fantastic attractions. “They will experience 26 unique attractions covering every region of the country. It will, I hope, inspire more people to discover Scotland for real. “In this, the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, there has never been a better time to come to Scotland and experience our world class destinations and historic buildings and monuments. “A team from Edinburgh Napier University developed the concept for this app, it demonstrates the pioneering spirit and ingenuity of Scotland’s academic, technology and tourism sectors.” Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland said: “We are excited to be able to launch our first venture into the world of virtual reality. “Far from being a fad or gimmick, VR is revolutionising the way people choose the destinations they might visit by allowing them to ‘try before they buy’ and learn more about the country in an unique and interactive way.”

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