Caledonian MacBrayne. ‘Your West Coast’

Double Take Projections demonstrated with this commission that we can project onto just about anything. We worked with Caledonian MacBrayne to mark their momentous 165-year-long tenure on the West Coast of Scotland and the Outer Hebrides. We projected at iconic locations around the west coast, showcasing some of the most stunning landscapes that the region has to offer. Our unique approach involved editing archive footage in composing the projected content. We adopted time-lapse techniques to film the projections with breathtaking results!


‘Hebridean Voyage’
Projection Mapping in Scotland

Client – Caledonian MacBrayne
Projection Locations in Scotland – Isle of Skye; Dunvegan Castle & Fairy Glen. Oban; Oban Pier. Isle of Eigg; Sweeney’s Bothy and An Sgùrr. Isle of Mull; Salen Bay, Loch na Keal, Griben Cliffs, Tobermory Pier & Duart Castle. Kilchoan; Ardnamurchan Lighthouse & Mingary Castle. Appin; Castle Stalker. Islay; Finlaggan & Ardbeg Distillery. Isle of Cumbrie; Lion Rock & The Cathedral of The Isles. Port Glasgow; Ferguson Shipyard.
Date – October 2016
Project Partners – Frame, Skipinnish & National Library of Scotland
Projector Spec – x 2 PT-EX16K 16,000 Panasonic Projector and  x2 PT-RZ21K 21,000 Lumen Laser Projectors

‘The Culture of Our Islands’
Projecting onto Castles

Scotland based Double Take Projections were commissioned by Caledonian MacBrayne to produce a video that would celebrate the 165-year anniversary of their historic and ongoing relationship with the west coast of Scotland. The client expressed a desire that the video would showcase the best of Scotland; stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, culture of live music, thriving wildlife and diverse archives. Our collective ambition was to create a projection mapping video evoking nostalgia for the islands. We wanted to ask “what Scotland’s west coast means to you?”.

The brief also required Double Take Projections to include many of the localities that Caledonian MacBrayne serves in the video. One of the main aims of the project was to motivate the public to visit these fantastic locations.

We were encouraged to explore new techniques; pushing projection mapping and filming to the limits. There was also the question of which soundtrack and artists to use.

‘As the Ferry Leaves the Harbour’

Double Take Projections’ mesmerising film explores Cal Mac’s enduring role at the heart of Scotland’s west coast. The three-and-a-half-minute-long video incorporates imagery from the 1944 David MacBrayne film ‘Islands of Youth’ and Caledonian MacBrayne footage along with our creative. We travelled around 30 locations where each projection was recorded over a two-hour period using time-lapse cameras for 12 summer nights and the projection mapping video was created from this footage. The soundtrack to the projection mapping video, ‘Home on the Sea’, was written and performed by traditional Scottish highland music band Skipinnish.

‘Tying Ropes Of Generations’

The video has been viewed 900,000 times across different platforms and featured in local and national press. Caledonian MacBrayne hoped that ‘Your West Coast’ would inspire islanders and travellers alike to share their memories and stories about what Scotland’s western seaboard means to them.

“Double Take are a visionary company whose foresight, determination and creativity will ensure any client who works with them sees huge benefit. If you want to move a project from being good to being great, then speak to Double Take”
Peter Griffiths – Marketing Manager, Cal Mac Ferries

“The state-of-the-art projection technology captures much of the essence of Scotland’s western islands and Highlands, as those who live there go about their daily lives. CalMac is part of those lives – past, present and future. There is a really special quality to the film and we are delighted with the result and its celebration of the very people and places which form the beating heart of the Clyde and Hebrides.”
Cal Mac Ferries Website


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