Tourism body VisitScotland hopes the remake of Whisky Galore will boost visitor numbers in lesser-known parts of Scotland.
The original 1949 film, inspired by Sir Compton Mackenzie’s 1947 novel and the true story of a shipwreck off the coast of Eriskay during the Second World War when the SS Politician ran aground at Eriskay carrying 28,000 cases of malt whisky.
The original film, which put the shipwreck on the fictional islands of Great Todday and Little Todday, was shot entirely in the Outer Hebrides though the remake , starring Eddie Izzard and Gregor Fisher, was filmed across Scotland.
VisitScotland has now created a map of the filming locations, which includes the villages of Portsoy and Pennan in Aberdeenshire, St Abb’s Head in the Borders, Loch Thom in Greenock, St Monans in the East Neuk of Fife and the Central Bar in Renton, West Dunbartonshire.
Jenni Steele, film and creative industries manager at VisitScotland , said: “Since the novel by Compton Mackenzie was published back in 1947, Whisky Galore! has been raising laughs for 70 years.
“Celebrating not only this nation’s love for the ‘Water of Life’ but also demonstrating the warmth, humour and spirit of our people, this new film shows off Scotland at its dazzling best.
“Our handy map will allow visitors to explore the Whisky Galore! locations and enjoy a set-jetting holiday around Scotland.”
Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Scotland is widely recognised as an excellent location for film and TV productions.
“Whisky Galore! has been added to the growing list of films shot here.
“This map allows visitors from home and abroad to walk in the footsteps of the actors and actresses that appeared in the film, and they can also enjoy the spectacular scenery that Scotland has to offer.”
Source: http://www.insider.co.uk/, 05 May 2017
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