SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM: The beach, Portobello, Scotland. Public Domain /

By Rebecca Drew

THE breath-taking charm of rugged Victorian Scotland has been unveiled in a series of spectacular colour postcards.

SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM: Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries, Scotland. Public Domain /

The stunning pictures show the 240-acre Alisa Craig island which was once used as a smuggling base and the Burns Monument overlooking the River Doon in Ayr which was built between 1820 and 1823 after the death of poet Robert Burns in 1796.

SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM: General view, Ailsa Craig, Scotland. Public Domain /

The impressive medieval Caerlaverock Castle which is surrounded by a moat in Dumfries is also pictured.


SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM: Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries, Scotland. Public Domain /

One picture-perfect postcard shows a group of children splashing in the water in Helensburgh, whilst another looks over the beautiful Loch Awe.

SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM: Esplanade from pier, Helensburgh, Scotland. Public Domain /

A highland cow and calf are also pictured on the Scottish moors.



The colour postcards taken at the end of the 19th century were produced using a photochrom method. It is a way of producing colourised photographs from black and white negatives via the direct photographic transfer of a negative onto lithographic printing plates.


SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM: Inversnaid Falls, Loch Lomond, Scotland. Public Domain /

The photochrom process was invented by Hans Jakob Schmid in the 1880s and increased in popularity when sending postcards became popular.