The first in a series of 10 sets of stamps in the series 'A British
Journey' starts our journey in Scotland. These stamps and booklet will
remain on sale in Scotland indefinitely.
Since the expansion of stamp issues in the 1960s the Post Office and then Royal Mail have attempted to include aspects of each of the constituent countries of the United Kingdom in all issues of special stamps, as opposed to commemoratives. The high value definitives of 1955 and 1988 featured castles, the 10/- of the first and £2 value of the second both featuring Edinburgh Castle in Scotland's capital city.
|2nd class - Loch Assynt, Sutherland||1st class - Ben More, Isle of Mull||'E' rate - Rothiemurchus, Cairngorms|
|42p Dalveen Pass, Lowther Hills|| 47p Glenfinnan Viaduct, Lochaber
location for filming car-flying scenes in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
|68p Papa Little, Shetland Islands|
Location mapsLoch Assynt 58o 10'N 5o 03'W Ben More 56o 25'N 6o01'W Rothiemurchus 57o 09'N 3o 46'W
Dalveen Pass 55o 02'1N 3o 44'W Glenfinnan 56o 52'N 5o 26'W Papa Little 60o 20'N 01o 23'W
The first 'special' stamps in 1966 showed the Cairngorm Mountains on the
1/6d value, the second 'Scottish' issue of that year following the Burns
Commemoratives in January. Previously, in 1964, the Geographical Congress
issue included a stamp showing the Dounreay Nuclear Reactor.
Other stamps with Scottish connections include: 1968 Aberfeldy bridge; 1969 St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh; 1970 Fife cottage, Declaration of Arbroath, Commonwealth Games; 1974 Robert the Bruce; 1976 Scottish Piper; 1978 Holyroodhouse, Shetland Pony; 1979 West Highland Terrier; 1981 Glenfinnan and St Kilda; 1984 Commercial Street, Perth, Edinburgh Mailcoach, Highland Cow; 1985 'Flying Scotsman' and 'Royal Scot' steam trains; 1986 Commonwealth Games, Hebrides Tribute; 1987 Coats of Arms, Queen Victoria; 1988 Europa - Glasgow Tram; 1989 Cotton Mills New Lanark; 1990 Glasgow (Europa); 1992 Deer in Scottish forest; 1993 Orchid Conference Glasgow, steam barges on Crinnan Canal; 1994 West Highland Railway, view of Ben Arkle, Scottish golf courses, Braemar Gathering.
Technical details: .
The stamps are printed in gravure by De La Rue, perf 14.5, with PVA gum.
All images are taken from Royal Mail's Philatelic Bulletin and Postmark Bulletin, and are Copyright 2003 by Royal Mail.
We produced an exclusive FDC for this issue.
Cover with 6 stamps from sheets - £6.25.
Cover with self-adhesive book - £5.75
Mint set of 6 - £3.40 Booklet - £3.25; cylinder booklet £3.95
Postmarks available for the day of issue:
| Ref FD315
Bureau Official Postmark
| Ref FD316
'Scotland the Brave' Official Postmark, Baltadound, Unst, Shetland
| Ref S8603
Beautiful Britain, Scotland, Edinburgh
| Ref S8606
The Beauty of Scotland, Fort William
| Ref S8607
| Ref L8599
Aberdeen Place, London NW8
| Ref S8623
Dalmally - Per Ardua
| Ref S8624
Loch Ness, Inverness - A Monster Tourist Attraction
| Ref S8625
Self-adhesives, Scotland NVI Stamp Book
| Ref M8622
| Ref S8626
Ben More, Dunoon
| Ref S8627
| Ref S8628
| Ref S8629
| Ref S8630
| Ref S8632
Beauties of Scotland, Edinburgh
| Ref S8633
A British Journey - Glenfinnan Viaduct
| Ref S8634
"Scotland's" Naval Base, HMNB Clyde, Faslane, Helensburgh
| Ref S8635
Papa Little, Baltasound, Unst, Shetland
| Ref L8618
Scotland Place, London EC1, Lighthouse in the Outer Hebrides
| Ref S8631
Ben More, Dunoon
| Ref S8659
A British Journey, Thistle Street, Edinburgh
| Ref S8660
50th Anniversary First Ascent of Nagan Parbat, Scott's View, Melrose
| Ref S8661
A British Journey, The Beauty of Scotland, Letters, Lochbroom, Garve
| Ref F8667
The Boer War, Capture of Steyn's War Cabinet
This page updated 8 July 2003 [24.1.05]
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|25 March Fun Fruit & Vegetables||27 March New definitives, SA airmail booklets of 40gr stamps||29 April Extreme Endeavours||6 May 34p definitives||20 May Wilding II miniature sheet|
|28 May Wales 2nd class, 1st class gold reprints||2 June - 50th Anniversary of the Coronation||17 June Prince William of Wales||1 July High Value Definitive reprints||15 July - British Journey - Scotland|
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