As we follow government guidelines and stay at home, many of us are yearning for Scotland’s great outdoors.
While the country is in lockdown, most people are adjusting to working from home and staying indoors. Simple pleasures like experiencing the sea breeze on your face and sand crunching beneath your feet seem worlds away.
This is why Old Pulteney have developed a way to virtually transport listeners to the whisky’s quiet coastal hometown of Wick. ‘From Couch to Coast’ is a 15-minute video soundscape based on the theory of ‘blue space’ – that being near bodies of water can improve overall wellbeing.
It captures the natural sounds from Scotland’s shores, including the tranquil lapping of waves and the chirping of local wildlife, set against the coastal beauty of Wick and its towering cliffs and golden beaches.
Wick, a harbour town in the far north of the country, is a key destination on the popular North Coast 500 road trip route and has been the home of Old Pulteney since it rolled its first whisky barrels there in 1826.
Malcolm Waring, Manager at Pulteney Distillery, said:
“Our distillery team are fortunate to be able to enjoy the sea breeze while still adhering to the important job of social distancing at home in Wick.
“It’s just the ticket for cabin fever, but we know lots of people just can’t get to the coast right now. That’s why we wanted to bring a taste of the sea to all, transporting people to the tranquil sights and sounds of the home of The Maritime Malt.
“It’s especially useful for those who are adjusting to working from home. It’s hard to switch off from a long day at the office when the office is your house but our Couch to Coast soundtrack is the perfect anecdote.”