Kennetpans: The Ground Zero of the Whisky Industry

New digital media released of Kennetpans ruins, the birthplace of commercial whisky distilling. 

UPDATE 17 June 2016: A recent survey has identified that a section of the ruin is in imminent danger of collapse, the area in question being the location of Scotland's first James Watt Steam Engine (1786). This ruin must be saved and it needs your help now. Please donate at: 


Kennetpans (near to the town of Alloa in Clackmannanshire) was founded in the 1720s by the charismatic and controversial Stein family, and became the largest distillery in Scotland. It played a key role in Scotland's industrial revolution and helped found two of the world’s most famous drinks brands, Jamesons and Haigs. 

With a passion for Scotland's history (and an enjoyer of a wee dram now and again!), Airborne Lens photographer and aerial filmmaker, Liam Anderstrem, spent a weekend at the ruins to capture a variety of digital media that he hopes will raise awareness of it's remarkable story and encourage viewers to form an emotional connection to the site and perhaps even take the time to visit for themselves.

New digital media:

  • An aerial 360-degree interactive panorama - where viewers can experience the site and its surroundings from a bird's-eye view and click on hotspots for additional information and media content. Click here to view.
  • Accurate 3D modelling - captured using geo-referenced data from a drone, this 3D models allows viewers to move around an accurate model of the main distillery building. Click here to view.
  • 4K Video - a short film shot using state-of-the-art aerial and ground based ultra high definition cameras. Click here to view trailer. 
  • A series of high resolution photographs - Click here to view gallery

Kennetpans remains untouched since the last workers left in 1825. In its day, production rose to such levels that duty paid by the Kennetpans and Kilbagie distillery complex was greater than all land tax collected annually in Scotland. 

“The site is of great importance to the industrial archeological heritage of Scotland. It would be nothing short of a tragedy if the site was left to vanish.” Charles MacLean, Master of the Quaich.

Find out more about this fascinating story on the Kennetpans Trust website: 


Watch the trailer video: 

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Facebook 360 Photo - How Does It Work?

Facebook Launches 360 Photo Feature. Find out how to upload your panoramas.

You can now upload and share 360 photos on Facebook. It's easy to do, from a smartphone, tablet, or 360 camera. But you can also use a DSLR for higher quality panoramas and use stitching software such as PTGui to turn your photos into a full 360 photo sphere.
You then post it as you would a normal photo, and viewers will be able to scroll around it from inside their News Feed.

Click Here to view one of our 360 Photos, taken using a drone high above Edinburgh Castle.

How Do I Take 360 Photos?

  • First, make sure your apps and devices are up to date with latest versions
  • Take a panorama on your iOS device or Samsung Galaxy phone or capture a 360-degree photo using a 360 photo app or 360 camera.
  • Open the Facebook app and share the photo as you would any other photo: tap the status tool from the top of your Timeline or News Feed, select Photo/Video, choose the photo you want to share, and tap Post.
  • Once your photo is posted, look around in your photo — or any other 360 photo in News Feed that’s marked with the compass icon — by moving your phone or dragging with your finger. Tap on the photo to view it in full screen.
  • On Samsung Gear VR-compatible phones, you’ll see a button in the top left corner of your photo that says “View in VR.” If you tap on that button and insert your phone into your Gear VR headset, you can see your 360 photo in virtual reality.
  • Your photo should be a 2:1 ratio, and a ideally maximum of 6000 pixels wide and 3000 pixels in height.
  • We find dropping the photo straight onto your timeline works every time, whereas the "add photo" link has been a bit hit and miss.

How Do I Add Metadata?

If you are using a stitched 360 from multiple images taken with a DSLR or drone, then you might need to add metadata to the image so that Facebook will recognise it as a 360.

The easiest way to do this, is to edit the EXIF using something like and inserting the following:

  • Camera Make: RICOH
  • Camera Model: RICOH THETA S

It's still early days for VR and 360-degree content, but with major players like YouTube and Facebook pushing the new technology into the mainstream we are confident that users will start to engage with the media.

Airborne Lens provide clients with a full suite of digital media production services, aerial and ground based filming and creative 360-degree content. Check us out: 


Drones Showcase Waterfront Regeneration Project in Edinburgh, Scotland

The Western Harbour development captured from the air - images courtesy of  Drone Stock Scotland

The Western Harbour development captured from the air - images courtesy of Drone Stock Scotland

Drone cameras have captured stunning video and immersive 360-degree virtual reality tours (see below) of some of the regeneration projects at Leith Docks in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Western Harbour is a regeneration project involving housing, offices, shopping, park and amenities on the Firth of Forth. Edinburgh City Centre is approximately two miles to the south with a regular bus service available from the immediate area. The local area of Newhaven is served by bars, restaurants and local shops. A wider-range of retailers, restaurants and a multiplex cinema can be found at nearby Ocean Terminal. The David Lloyd Leisure Complex offers excellent sport facilities (and was once the practice courts for Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray). 

The David Lloyd Complex - images courtesy of  Drone Stock Scotland

The David Lloyd Complex - images courtesy of Drone Stock Scotland

Construction is currently underway on 234 new affordable homes, as part of the National Housing Trust initiative. The new development is led by the City of Edinburgh Council, Scottish Futures Trust and the Forth Ports Group and is being built by Hart Builders.

New aerial footage from Scottish digital media company Airborne Lens captures the scale of the site, as is a perfect way to showcase this prime waterfront location. An interactive 360-degree experience has also been produced, and takes viewers on an immersive tour from the air. Using a mouse, smart phone or tablet, it is possible to move around inside the fully customisable space and click on links to additional information and media. For a truly sensory experience, try it out in the RoundMe App with the new Virtual Reality headsets from the likes of Samsung, Oculus Rift, or even using Google Cardboard.

GOOGLE "Street View" - FROM THE AIR!  

Airborne Lens produces professional aerial and ground photography for TV and marketing, and have over 20 years experience working with property agents and landowners. Contact for more details.



Amazing 360-Degree Virtual Tour from the sky showcases Eurocentral and Maxim Office Park.

Amazing 360-Degree Virtual Tour from the sky showcases Eurocentral and Maxim Office Park.

Amazing 360-Degree Virtual Tour from the sky showcases Eurocentral and Maxim Office Park.