Spotlight Shorts: SOTHI at the Black Isle Show!

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Good morning and a happy Friday from all of us at the Spirit of the Highlands and Islands team who are freshly back at the office after a great day out at the return of the Black Isle Show yesterday.

Founded in 1836, the Black Isle Show is the largest agricultural show in the north of Scotland. Since its debut, the show has become an annual centre for Highland excellence in farming and agriculture, music and dance, and provider of first-class entertainment for all the family.

Following on from our appearances at the Royal Highland Show and the City of Inverness Highland Games, we were delighted to be invited to showcase our project at the Food and Craft Hall on the Mannsfield Showground. In addition to the return of our 360° immersive films, via our immersive portal and VR headsets, we were also pleased to feature concept images for the immersive exhibition at Inverness Castle currently being designed with our partners Mather and Co.

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(From top to bottom; left to right) A young visitor immersed in the world of VR; Architect's impressions of the transformed Inverness Castle buildings alongside concept designs, developed by Mather and Co., for the forthcoming immersive exhibition at Inverness Castle, opening Spring 2025; Visitors to our 360° immersive portal, transported on a tour of the Highlands and Islands; A bustling Food and Craft Hall at the Black Isle Show.

We were also very fortunate to be surrounded by so many unique and innovative businesses from the Highlands, all showcasing their excellent work - particularly, our stall neighbour Marks & Pencils. Based in Wick, Mark and Kay create stunning hand-illustrated glassware inspired by the natural and cultural heritage of Caithness and the heart of the north Highlands.

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The wonderful Mark of Marks & Pencils. To explore more of Marks & Pencils’ stellar work please visit their website here.

Our congratulations also go to our fellow stall neighbour WoodiesDriftwood who won Best Stand at the show. All their wonderful art pieces are sourced from items found on beach walks in Nairn by Emmeline and Saz and their chief canine driftwood finders Woody and Butser. Congratulations Emmeline and Saz!

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The delightful Emmeline and Saz of WoodiesDriftwood. To discover more about WoodiesDriftwood please visit their Etsy here.

Our thanks again to the Black Isle Show for giving us a warm welcome. Look out for the Spirit of the Highlands and Islands in your area!