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WATCH: Wester Ross-inspired fairytale animation Gille Dubh wins acclaim on its release; Story of 'last of the fairies' inspired by drawings of Laide-based illustrator and narrated by Outlander star Sam Heughan in conjunction with Art Fund Museum of the Year joint winner Gairloch Museum


By Hector MacKenzie

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AN intriguing Wester Ross-inspired animation telling the story of the "last fairy of Scotland" has been released to great acclaim.

Gille Dubh was inspired by the artwork of Abe Locke, a fantasy writer who lives in Laide in Wester Ross.

It has been produced in conjunction with Gairloch Museum, which was this week announced a joint winner of the world's biggest prize of its kind, the Art Fund Museum of the Year.

The piece has been narrated by Sam Heughan, best known to many for his characterisation of Jamie Fraser from the globally successful series, Outlander.

The animation shares a piece of local Wester Ross folklore, the story of the Gille Dubh who was believed to live out at Loch an Draing, near Inverasdale.

Gairloch Museum hopes the new reworking of the story will bring thetraditional story to a new audience.

In a behind the scenes clip released via Instagram, Mr Locke as he describes his process, taking viewers to the location where the Gille Dubh story is set

He tells how his job was to storyboard, and bring to life his sketches into layered drawings for the final production.

He said: "The story of Gille Dubh the lore of the area and also brings forth the culture and mythology of the Gaelic language."

There has been a very enthusiastic response to the piece already.

"So cool – the imgaery! Congrats Abe, very impressive", wrote Fiona Mackenzie.

Tracey Fellows wroye: "Captivating...the tale just draws you in and narrated so well. It’s been a long time since I felt like a child having a story read to me...thank you."

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