Scotland360° Virtual Tours

Scotland360° Virtual Tours

Scotland360° Virtual Tours

Virtual Tours have been available for many years as the next step from 360° photography. Featuring immersive technology, the Virtual Tour is a simulation of a location, comprising a series of linked 360° images linked to allow a "walk through" experience. This page explores some simple options for Virtual Tours, using emerging technology.

With the advent of one shot 360° cameras with two wide angle, fisheye lenses set on opposite sides of the camera body, Virtual Tours have never been easier. We we have been testing some the latest cameras on the market and have compiled a few Virtual Tours to test their capabilities below.

And, as cameras become more sophisticated, it's going to be interesting to see how the quality of Virtual Tours improves over time. Whilst some of the Virtual Tours on this page have been captured with the spherical 360° cameras, look out also for my tours featuring aerial photography, taken from the platform of an airborne drone.

View the photographs on your PC, panning, zooming and scrolling with your mouse or alternatively, use your phone to look around you or to zoom in and out of the scene. Why not set the view to "VR" mode on your phone and use a Virtual Reality headset to view the scene as though you were there. Whichever means of viewer you use, enjoy the examples currently posted and look out for more examples coming soon.

To find out more and to commission your own Virtual Tour, why not contact me using the details below?

07780 787034

A 360° Virtual Tour of Dirleton Castle in East Lothian

October 2017 at Dirleton Castle and a Virtual Tour captured with the Garmin Virb360 camera

Click on the photograph of Dirleton Castle to enter the Virtual Tour.

The Place

Dirleton Castle is a 13th Century medieval fortress in the village of Dirleton in East Lothian.

Building of the castle began in 1240 and for many years, Dirleton Castle was an important stronghold, guarding the coastal approach to Edinburgh from England.

The castle was heavily damaged during the Scottish Wars of Independence and, following several ownerships, was finally abandoned by the end of the 17th century.

The Camera

New on the market in July 2017, the Garmin Virb360 camera is an extremely capable 360° device.

The images in this tour were captured as bracketed exposures, blended together in Adobe Lightroom and processed using the KRPano Virtual Tour software.

All images were captured initially in jpg format but recent firmware upgrades to the camera now allow for capture of images in RAW format with a consequential improvement of both dynamic range and tonal quality.

A 360° Virtual Tour of Urquhart Castle on the side of Loch Ness

May 2017 at Urquhart Castle and a Virtual Tour captured with the Ricoh Theta S and Nikon KeyMission 360 cameras

Click on the photograph of Dirleton Castle to enter the Virtual Tour.

The Place

Urquhart Castle dates from the 13th Century and sits on the shores of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.

With a long history behind it, Urquhart Castle played a role in the Scottish Wars of Independence, was a royal castle and was partially destroyed in 1692 to prevent its use by the Jacobites.

It was taken into stste care in the 20th century and is now one of the most visited castles in Scotland.

The Cameras

As part of a comtract with Highlands and Islands Enterprise in 2017 and 2018 to tutor the use of 360 photography, I used two 360° devices to capture this panoramic tour.

The Ricoh Theta S and the Nikon KeyMission 360 were both used to capture the images in this tour. The images in this tour were captured, processed in Adobe Lightroom and processed using the KRPano Virtual Tour software.

If you would like to find out more...

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Specialist 360° panoramic photography, virtual tours and virtual reality