A SCOTTISH museum has been overwhelmed by the public’s reception to an animated film it released as part of celebrations for being a joint winner of the £200,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year prize.

Narrated by Outlander star Sam Heughan, the film for Gairloch Museum attracted an audience of tens of thousands of people from around the world.

Inspired by local Gaelic folklore, it tells the story of the Gille Dubh – the last of the fairies. The story is part of the mythology of the Gairloch area passed down through oral tradition.

He is a male fairy believed to have lived in the beautiful birch woods at Lochadraing, on the peninsula between Loch Gairloch and Loch Ewe. At the turn of the last century many people in the Gairloch area still claimed to have seen the Gille Dubh.

Emmy Award-winning Ralph Creative worked with young local fantasy writer and illustrator Abe Locke to make the animated story. Locke inspired the Ralph team and helped design and storyboard the video prior to production.