Scotland from above compares yesterday and today

Famagusta Gazette – Travel

ARCHIVE aerial photography will showcase Scotland’s ever-changing landscapes in Scotland from the Sky which returns to BBC One at 11pm CET tonight (Wednesday 17 April).

The three-part second series focuses on the threat of climate change and coastal erosion to historic sites; the impact of humans on Scotland’s landscape after centuries of living off the land; and the traces of lost industries that are scattered all across the country.

Through comparing aerial photography held in the Historic Environment Scotland archives with the view from above today, viewers will be taken on a journey to explore how Scotland’s rural and urban landscapes have changed over thousands of years.

James Crawford, Scotland from the Sky writer and presenter, and Publishing Manager at HES, said: “The second series continues the work we started with the first, with the view from above allowing us to tell the stories of Scotland’s past – and present – in new and immersive ways.

This series takes us even further out into Scotland’s skies. In a vintage Tiger Moth we search for Scotland’s ‘first motorway’ – a road built 2,000 years ago by the Romans as the first main road into Scotland.

“We take a helicopter out in search of the Central Belt’s monumental industrial heritage. And we use our drone to help explore some of Scotland’s most remote islands, searching for the traces of early farming on the Isle of Staffa.”

This series also features David Harkin, Climate Change Scientist at HES, who shows viewers why the coast at Fort George is vulnerable to rising sea levels, and Dr David Mitchell, Director of Conservation at HES, who discusses the global reach of the Carron Iron Works, once based near Falkirk.

James continues: “The view from above offers such a compelling way of telling stories. From up high you can read the landscapes of Scotland, see things you could never see down on the ground.

You can glimpse Scotland’s hidden past and better understand how we’ve lived and how we’ve changed our environment over millennia. It’s the closest you can ever get to time travel.”