Video History Scotland - DVDS Islands Clyde Coast
Video History Scotland - Preserving History and bringing Memories to life


DVD Islands and towns around the Clyde DVD titles
(History Dunoon, Arran, Millport Isle of Cumbrae, Rothesay Isle of Bute, Helensburgh)

Whether its to Arran, Rothesay, Largs, Millport, Dunoon or Helensburgh take the chance to revisit and experience the scenes, places and events during the last century. These beautiful islands and towns in and around the River Clyde were favourite Scottish holiday destinations during the last 100 years. Produced from our archives of rare film footage these DVDs rekindle the events, places and lifestyles from as early as the 1920's.  Maybe you have childhood or family attachments to these magical places in and around the clyde or simply want to understand and experience the attraction of these resorts that people flocked to in the holidays. Take a trip "Doon the Waatter" aboard many of the Paddle Steamers and other vessels that plied these waters.


The Memories of Millport Collection Parts 1 & 2 1920-1985. Save £3.99
Disk 1 “Memories of Millport Isle of Cumbrae in the 1920’s & 1930’s. A true window on Scottish history looking back to the 1920’s and 30’s on this beautiful Scottish island . The prime minister in office is David Lloyd George our monarch is King George V. Experience and see how holiday makers and visitors relaxed and enjoyed themselves on Millport during this era. The archive footage in this DVD was uncovered after more than 70 years in storage and had sadly been damaged by moisture. It has been painstakingly edited in order to bring you this historical visual record of Millport during the 1920's and 1930's. The producer would like to thank the following people for their contribution to this production. Mr Ronnie Stewart of Mid Kirkton Farm, Millport and Mr David Findlayson, The Rowans, Bute Terrace, Millport. Narrated by Colin M. Liddell Running Time 40mins Disk 2 “Memories of Millport Isle of Cumbrae Part 2 1930-1985 The beautiful island of Millport or Great Cumbrae in the Firth of Clyde holds a magical and special place in our hearts for so many generations over the years. With its beautiful sandy beaches, secret coves famous landmarks and spectacular views across to the majestic Arran hills and memories of cycles around the island, boating and other holiday activities then it has long been a favourite for trips and holidays. Here we take a truly fascinating journey back in time and around the island’s favourite attractions and ever popular destinations. We witness and sail aboard the once numerous graceful steamers that brought visitors to this magical island over the last 80 years including The Lucy Ashton, The Talisman, The Duchess of Fife, The Marchioness of Lorne, The Jupiter, Maid of Ashton, The Wee Cumbrae and of course The Keppel and many more as they race each other to the pier. Remember long summer days spent visiting the island’s favourite haunts including The Cumbrae Club, The Garrison Tea Room, Kennedy’s Fintry Bay Tea Room, Coia’s Ritz Cafe, Kames Café, Copeland’s Emporium or Walter Kerrs or Mapes Toys &Cycle Hire to collect that all important bike. Narrated by Ian Anderson BBC Scotland Running Time 55mins Save £3.99 with this special 2 Disk Collection.
Price: £23.99
DVD Millport in the 1920's and 1930's
A true window on Scottish history looking back to the 1920’s and 30’s on this beautiful Scottish island . The prime minister in office is David Lloyd George our monarch is King George V. Experience and see how holiday makers and visitors relaxed and enjoyed themselves on Millport during this era. The archive footage in this DVD was uncovered after more than 70 years in storage and had sadly been damaged by moisture. It has been painstakingly edited in order to bring you this historical visual record of Millport during the 1920's and 1930's. The producer would like to thank the following people for their contribution to this production. Mr Ronnie Stewart of Mid Kirkton Farm, Millport and Mr David Findlayson, The Rowans, Bute Terrace, Millport. Running time 40mins
Price: £13.99
DVD Memories of Millport Isle of Cumbrae Part 2 1930-1985
The beautiful island of Millport or Great Cumbrae in the Firth of Clyde holds a magical and special place in our hearts for so many generations over the years. With its beautiful sandy beaches, secret coves famous landmarks and spectacular views across to the majestic Arran hills and memories of cycles around the island, boating and other holiday activities then it has long been a favourite for trips and holidays. Here we take a truly fascinating journey back in time and around the island’s favourite attractions and ever popular destinations. We witness and sail aboard the once numerous graceful steamers that brought visitors to this magical island over the last 80 years including The Lucy Ashton, The Talisman, The Duchess of Fife, The Marchioness of Lorne, The Jupiter, Maid of Ashton, The Wee Cumbrae and of course The Keppel and many more as they race each other to the pier. Remember long summer days spent visiting the island’s favourite haunts including The Cumbrae Club, The Garrison Tea Room, Kennedy’s Fintry Bay Tea Room, Coia’s Ritz Cafe, Kames Café, Copeland’s Emporium or Walter Kerrs or Mapes Toys &Cycle Hire to collect that all important bike. A children’s paradise with Newton Sands and its donkey rides, Kames Bay and its vast expanse of sandy beach and West Bay Park. It’s the 1930’s and we board the PS Duchess of Fife at Wemyss Bay for a sail to Millport packed with visitors all eager to explore the island’s delights or we catch the “Wee Fife” as she makes a call in the 1950’s at Keppel Pier as the graceful paddle steamer P.S. Marchioness of Lorne also arrives. Cycling around the island we relive visits to famous landmarks including Crocodile Rock, Lion Rock, Baby Lion, Indian Rock, Queen Victoria’s head and “The Wishing Well”. Anyone recall the days of the concerts on the beach led by the ”Seaside Mission”? Its 1950 and we join the P.S. Waverley at Largs with for a sail to Millport. 1953 sadly sees the retirement of the elegant steamer “The Duchess of Fife” after fifty years of faithful service and the introduction of the diesel electric steamer The Talisman. Towards the end of the 1965 summer season we catch a final view at Millport pier of the PS Talisman shortly before she is withdrawn from service. 1967 sees the introduction of M.V. Rose to the Largs Millport route this vessel was subsequently renamed M.V. Keppel . Ever changing requirements sees new slipways built in 1972 for both Cumbrae at the Old Tattie Pier and Largs in order to accommodate the former Skye car ferries of Caruisk II and Largs. I975 finds us aboard the P.S. Waverley at Largs in her first season with new owners and new colours amidst a busy Largs pier shared with The Kilbrannan, Keppel, Caruisk II and The Queen Mary. These are but just some of the highlights in this extremely rare, unique and intriguing look back at Millport’s rich and fascinating history. As the “Sleeping Warrior” lies in the dusky mist at the end of another hot summer day on this beautiful isle The Keppel slips away on her last call of the day. The hills and bays of Bute and the majestic mountains of Arran are a breath-taking backdrop as we bid the Isle of Cumbrae a fond farewell. Narrated by Ian Anderson BBC Scotland Running Time 55mins
Price: £13.99
DVD Memories of Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula 1898-1998
Memories of Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula 1898-1998 Dunoon (fort of the harbour) is watched over on Castle Hill by Robert Burn’s statue of his Highland Mary and is the capital of Cowal situated on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll and Bute. Steeped in clan and Scottish history and internationally famous for the Cowal Highland Games which it has proudly hosted for over a hundred years. This is a truly enthralling and fascinating detailed journey into the history of Dunoon and it’s many places around the cowal peninsula such as Kirn, Blairmore, Innellan, Sandbank and Ardentinny. Dunoon’s first pier built in 1835 by Mr Hunter ensured its growth and popularity initially as a Victorian holiday resort and destination for generations to come. For the last 150 years holidaymakers and visitors have arrived en mass by steamers from ports around the clyde including Cragendorran, Gourock and many others. Our journey includes fascinating and very rare scenes including those of the PS Marmion arriving into Dunoon in the 1930’s and the steamer St Columba berthed at Dunoon pier where visitors head straight for Castle Gardens , The Lido, Toward Castle the stronghold once of the Lamont Clan or other local attractions. Relive a sail from Dunoon aboard the beautiful and graceful PS Jeanie Deans calling at Innellan and Kirn along the way. 1938 sees Dunoon hosting the Clyde Sailing Fortnight with international yachts of all classes competing in all classes. We are treated to several fascinating visits to the Cowal Highland Games over the last sixty years sharing the finery and spectacle of the many pipe bands and competitive events including caber tossing, highland dancing and wrestling. In 1950 we are given the first colour footage of Argyll Street Dunoon with its summer celebrations in full swing. In 1953 the first diesel vessels the “four Maids” are commissioned The Maid of Argyll, Ashton, Skelmorlie and Cumbrae and joined in 1954 by the first Caledonian MacBrayne car ferries Bute, Cowal and Arran. Now struggling to compete we witness the steamer Queen Mary and the new PS Waverley making calls at Dunoon in the early 1960’s before we join the Duchess of Montrose for a scenic cruise up the Kyles of Bute to Inverary amidst breath-taking views and landscape as we call at Tigh na Bruich and around Ardlamont Point into Loch Fyne. We take one of the many bus tours in the 60’s from Dunoon “Round The Hill” passing Loch Eck, Whistlefield Inn, Ardentinny, Strone, Kilmun and many more. 1973 sees more changes as Caledonian MacBrayne takes ownership of PS Waverley, The Queen Mary and other steamers changing their colours in the process. Calmac continues to ring in the changes with two new car ferries the Juno and the Jupiter introduced between Gourock and Dunoon. As visitors leave Dunoon aboard the steamer after yet another wonderful Cowal Games we pass the many US Naval ships and base once based in Dunoon. 1973 sees the withdrawal of the PS Waverley where she is sold to the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society for £1 and absent until 1975 when she re-emerges in her original LNER colours due to hard work and efforts of the preservation society. This is a unique and detailed rare account of Dunoon’s remarkable places and events over the last 150 years with rare glimpses and accounts of cherished places like Morag’s Fairy Glen or Ben More Gardens in and around this famous Clyde Resort. Narrated By R Liddell Running Time 74mins
Price: £14.99
2 Disk "Memories of Rothesay Collection 1920-1990" Save £3.99 versus individual disks on this special edition
Disk 1 DVD Scottish History Memories of Royal Rothesay Isle of Bute 1920-1990 Royal Rothesay Isle of Bute the Madeira of Scotland and the Pearl of the Clyde are terms once frequently associated with this beautiful Clyde island and early Victorian holiday destination. It’s the late 1920’s Glasgow Fair Holiday and Rothesay’s piers and prom are crowded with holiday makers arriving in one of the 30 Clyde steamers per day that called at the Isle of Bute. Rare wonderful scenes in the 1930’s of passengers arriving aboard the steamer eager to relax and enjoy their holiday on this island retreat. Share the times and fun as visitors take a tram to Ettrick Bay and enjoy a ride on the miniature Steam Railway or relax on Rothesay Bay beach where “children’s corner” is ever popular with youngsters enjoying the sand and sea. Join us in 1949 as we sail from Wemyss Bay before elegantly sailing into Rothesay Bay aboard the paddle steamer passing familiar landmarks as the paddle steamer Duchess of Montrose gracefully pulls away from Rothesay pier. The scenes of course completed with the famous P.S. Waverley making her presence known as a frequent visitor to Rothesay. Sailing trips daily for visitors on the “Gay Queen” were always a popular choice for an excursion. Experience iconic scene as the St Columba steams majestically down the Kyles of Bute passing Loch Striven and the TS Queen Mary glides elegantly into Rothesay Bay. In 1953 join the island celebrating the coronation of Queen Elizabeth with everyone enjoying the festivities and events. We catch a rare glimpse of the famous paddle steamer PS Jeanie Deans in 1954 as she departs from Rothesay pier her future now undermined by the advent of the new Caledonian MacBrayne ferries Arran, Bute and the Cowal. The 1st of June 1990 sees the celebrations and re-opening ceremony of the refurbished famous Rothesay Winter Gardens whose refurbishment was pioneered by the Rothesay Heritage Society and The Winter Garden Trust. This seventy year window into beautiful Royal Rothesay Isle of Bute and its places, scenes, history and events is a wonderful and nostalgic record whether you have ties to Bute directly or whether you really want to relive those golden precious memories of memorable trips or holidays to Scotland’s “Madera”. Narrated by C M. Liddell Running Time 74mins Disk 2 “DVD Rothesay Isle of Bute in the Glorious 50s” “Royal Rothesay” Isle of Bute with its magnificent beauty and its historic past is well deserved of its royal title. Whether you have links to the Isle of Bute or it holds warm memories of past trips or holidays we invite you to sail back in time to experience Rothesay in the glorious 1950’s. Its 1954 and “Glasgow Fair fortnight”, the pier in Rothesay Bay is packed with passengers disembarking from one of the many proud Clyde Steamers including the Marchioness of Lorne, The PS Caledonia and the PS Jeanie Deans. Revisit holiday scenes on the beach and promenade at Rothesay, Ettrick or Scalpsie Bay. Entertainment was in abundance with places to visit including Rothesay Castle, Skeoch Woods, Loch Fad, or live entertainment at the Winter Gardens or for those more energetic then a round of golf at the golf course overlooking Canada Hill or a short sailing trip aboard the Gay Queen or the Victor. All too soon the elegant PS Jeanie Deans sweeps into Rothesay Bay with a full load of new passengers our holiday at an and end and it’s time to leave. Filmed during the last great peak in the popularity of this beautiful island we invite you to visit or revisit the scenes, places and events of this magical “Clyde resort” . Narrated by Magnus Magnusson BBC Scotland Running Time 28mins
Price: £24.99
DVD Scottish History Memories of Royal Rothesay Isle of Bute 1920-1990
Royal Rothesay Isle of Bute the Madeira of Scotland and the Pearl of the Clyde are terms once frequently associated with this beautiful Clyde island and early Victorian holiday destination. It’s the late 1920’s Glasgow Fair Holiday and Rothesay’s piers and prom are crowded with holiday makers arriving in one of the 30 Clyde steamers per day that called at the Isle of Bute. Rare wonderful scenes in the 1930’s of passengers arriving aboard the steamer eager to relax and enjoy their holiday on this island retreat. Share the times and fun as visitors take a tram to Ettrick Bay and enjoy a ride on the miniature Steam Railway or relax on Rothesay Bay beach where “children’s corner” is ever popular with youngsters enjoying the sand and sea. Join us in 1949 as we sail from Wemyss Bay before elegantly sailing into Rothesay Bay aboard the paddle steamer passing familiar landmarks such as Royal Terrace, St Brendan’s Church, Craigend UP Church, Glenburn and the Public Baths built in 1876 as the paddle steamer Duchess of Montrose gracefully pulls away from Rothesay pier. The scenes of course completed with the famous PS Waverley making her presence known as a frequent visitor to Rothesay. Visit or revisit Woodend House, Loch Fad former home of Shakespearian actor Edmund Kean or Kerry Croy Village built in the 1800 by the Marquis of Bute in the style of an English hamlet. With sailing trips daily for visitors the “Gay Queen” was always a popular choice for an excursion. Experience the iconic scene as the St Columba steams majestically down the Kyles of Bute passing Loch Striven and the TS Queen Mary glides elegantly into Rothesay Bay. In 1953 join the island celebrating the coronation of Queen Elizabeth with everyone enjoying the festivities and events. We catch a rare glimpse of the famous paddle steamer PS Jeanie Deans in 1954 as she departs from Rothesay pier her future now undermined by the advent of the new Caledonian MacBrayne ferries Arran, Bute and the Cowal. We follow the subsequent introduction of many new ships and ferries that join the Rothesay service including the Glen Sannox, MV Saturn, Juno and Jupiter increasing traffic and accessibility to the Isle whilst sadly helping to close the chapter for the famous clyde paddle steamer fleet. The 1st of June 1990 sees the celebrations and re-opening ceremony of the refurbished famous Rothesay Winter gardens whose refurbishment was pioneered by the Rothesay Heritage Society and The Winter Garden Trust. The opening ceremony of this famous and historic building was a tribute to all those involved with many guest and speakers including Lady Bute, Grace (Gracy) Clark, Johnnie Beattie and Magnus Magnusson to name a few. This seventy year window into beautiful Royal Rothesay Isle of Bute and its places, scenes, history and events is a wonderful and nostalgic record whether you have ties to Bute directly or whether you really want to relive those golden precious memories of memorable trips or holidays to Scotland’s “Madera”. Narrated by C M. Liddell Running Time 74mins
Price: £13.99
DVD Rothesay Isle of Bute in the Glorious 50s Scottish History Archive
Rothesay in the Glorious 50’s “Royal Rothesay” Isle of Bute with its magnificent beauty and its historic past is well deserved of its royal title. Whether you have links to the Isle of Bute or it holds warm memories of past trips or holidays we invite you to sail back in time to experience Rothesay in the glorious 1950’s. Its 1954 and “Glasgow Fair fortnight”, the pier in Rothesay Bay is packed with passengers disembarking from one of the many proud Clyde Steamers including the Marchioness of Lorne, The PS Caledonia and the PS Jeanie Deans. Revisit holiday scenes on the beach and promenade at Rothesay or Ettrick or Scalpsie Bay. Entertainment was in abundance with places to visit including Rothesay Castle, Skeoch Woods, Loch Fad, or live entertainment at the Winter Gardens or for those more energetic then a round of golf at the golf course overlooking Canada Hill or a short sailing trip aboard the Gay Queen or the Victor. As the elegant PS Jeanie Deans sweeps into Rothesay Bay with a full load of new passengers our holiday comes to and end and it’s time to leave. Filmed during the last great peak in the popularity of this beautiful island we invite you to visit or revisit the scenes, places and events of this magical “clyde resort” . Narrated by Magnus Magnusson Running Time 28mins
Price: £12.95
DVD Scottish History Memories of the Isle of Arran 1933 - 1993
Memories of the Isle of Arran 1933 – 1993 The beautiful ever popular island of Arran has held magical memories for generations of holidaymakers, visitors and hill walkers for over a century. With its breath-taking scenery, mountains including the famous Goat Fell and its many picturesque bays and inlets Arran truly is a “jewel in the crown”. This DVD provides a fascinating tour both around the island and back in time starting in 1933. Relive and revisit the many towns, bays and events during this sixty year look back in time. Recount the days where the Steamer brought visitors and holidaymakers “Doon the Watter” from Glasgow, Largs, Gourock, Rothesay and other ports arriving at Brodick, Lamlash, Blackwaterfoot or Whiting Bay for an adventure trip or holiday to this magical island. Step back in time and tour the island and its many places and secrets including Brodick Castle, Glen Sannox, Lochranza Castle, Goat Fell with its magnificent views over Mauchrie Moor, Drumadoon Bay, Lamlash Bay, Brodick Bay and King’s cave where Robert the Bruce is said to have been inspired by the spider and the mysterious standing stones that stretch back over 5,000 years. Relive the arrival of visitors and others aboard the once numerous proud and graceful Clyde steamer’s that called at Arran from the 1930’s including the Marchioness of Graham, TS King Edward, Duchess of Montrose, NB Steamer Waverley, Duchess of Argyll , Duchess of Montrose, P.S. Mercury, TS Queen Mary, TS Duchess of Hamilton, PS Caledonia and of course the current PS Waverley all teaming with excited visitors waiting to disembark at Lamlash, Brodick, Lochranza and other points around the island. Experience how holidaymakers and visitors in days past spent their holidays on Arran with its five golf courses, fabulous beaches complete with bathing huts and beach huts. Whether you have ties to the Isle of Arran or simply want to relive the nostalgia and fond golden memories of times spent on Arran of then this is a unique archive journey that will not disappoint. Narrated by Ian Anderson Running Time 64mins
Price: £13.99
DVD Scenes of Old Helensburgh - Scottish heritage film archive history
Scenes of Old Helensburgh 1913 – 1997 An absolutely fascinating account and look back into the history of this beautiful town of Helensburgh during the last 100 years. Using very rare scenes and archive film we take an interesting and very informative journey to explore the places, famous people and events that have shaped Helensburgh’s rich and varied history. Crammed full of facts some of which you may not be aware of about the “Garden City of the Firth of Clyde” which was established in 1776 by Sir James Colquhoun who named the town after his wife Lady Helen Sutherland or its first recorded Provost Henry Bell the father of the famous ship the “Comet” the first commercial steamship, or John Logie Baird another famous Helensburgh born pioneer. Follow the growth of Helensburgh during the century and its place as one of the first Clyde seaside “resorts” enjoyed by thousands over the years. Look back at the famous places, landmarks in and around Helensburgh including the promenades, Hermitage Park, the numerous Churches, Victoria Infirmary, The Hill House built for Glasgow Printer Mr Walter Blackie and of course designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and one of his most famous works. Cinemas like The Plaza, The Tower, La Scala, Helensburgh Tennis Club, Helensburgh West End Football team 1916 and its schools of St Brides, Hermitage, St Josephs, Grant Street and Larchfield School. Reminisce of happy trips or visits to the open air swimming pool at the pier. Travel once again by train to Helensburgh by train to Craigendoran station (built 1907) or Helensburgh station (built 1863) to catch one of the once regular clyde steamers at Helensburgh or Craigendorran Pier such as The Talisman built 1876, PS Kenilworth built 1898, Marmion built 1906, Lucy Ashton built 1888, Jeanie Deans built 1931, The Maid of Argyll or of course the famous second PS Waverley. Whether you have ties to Helensburgh or whether it simply holds fond golden memories of trips, visits or holidays then you will most definitely find something to rekindle those happy times here. Narrated by Mark Gray Special Thanks to Patricia Drayton of Helensburgh Library for her assistance Running Time 36mins
Price: £13.99
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint